September 6, 2016


The 1904 World’s Fair Society has monthly meetings with programs on various topics relating to the Fair.

It has always been a tradition of the organization to have a meeting on April 30th to celebrate “opening day”, (the day the fair opened, April 30th,1904), and to have a “closing day” banquet on December 1st (the day the fair closed, December 1st 1904) .

Most meetings have a drawing for an attendance prize for members attending the meeting. You may register every time you attend a meeting at the reception table near the door.  Attending more meetings will give you more opportunities to win.  Attendance prizes will vary. Often they will match the subject of the meeting.  You must be present to win.

The meetings are always well attended with people very knowledgeable about the fair. Please feel free to attend and ask questions. Visitors are always welcome.

January 26, 2020
  • The Greatest Ferris Wheel

    January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

    You’ve probably seen or perhaps even takena ride the new Ferris Wheel at Union Station. Now, come and learn the complete story about The Greatest FerrisWheel.  George Washington Gale Ferrisdesigned and built this massive wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.  In 1894 it was moved to north suburbanChicago, and in 1903 it was sold to a wrecking company for salvage.  But, the owners first dismantled and moved thewheel to St Louis for the 1904 World’s Fair, where it was highly successful.  You’ll also learn about the unfortunate endof the wheel … and updated information about “The Fate of the Axle”.    

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February 9, 2020
  • 1904 World's Fair Organizers

    February 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Central Presbyterian Church, 7700 Davis Dr, Clayton, MO 63105, USA

    Most St. Louisans, especially long-timeresidents, have some knowledge about the events surrounding the 1904 LouisianaPurchase Exposition. However, there are hundreds of back stories about the 1904World’s Fair that are less known, but no less fascinating. The history of the World’sFair, St. Louis and Central Presbyterian Church are interwoven in several intriguingways.

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March 8, 2020
  • March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

    Narrator Larry Storch takes the viewer back intime to the greatest World’s Fair of them all, the Louisiana PurchaseExposition.  Through hundreds of originalphotographs and rare motion picture film, the viewer is taken for a tour of theFair: strolls near the magnificent Palaces and fountains, a ride in a gondolaon a lagoon, enjoying the sights on the Pike, and going past the enormousFerris Wheel.  The only thing missing isthe Ice Cream Cone!

    Thisis one of several films about St. Louis history commissioned by Laclede Gasin the mid-1960s, and produced by CharlesGuggenheim, who is one of the most honored documentary filmmakers in thehistory of Academy Awards.  He has 12nominations, and won four Oscars. Guggenheim also produced the seminal film about the construction of the St.Louis Arch, Monument to the Dream.

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