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.

November 8, 2018
  • Laura Merritt Journal- Part 3

    November 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Aberdeen Heights, 575 Couch Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    Karl and Margie Kindt will present the conclusion (Part 3) of this amazing historical record.
    Though young and schooled only through eighth grade, Laura Merritt was a bright and talented writer She kept good records of what she saw each day at the Fair. We'll finish revisiting Laura's “Journey to the Fair”, and learn about what happened to her after she returned to Iowa.
    With a whole month to explore the Fair, Laura’s journal gives a wonderfully full and comprehensive rendering of the experience. Rare images from the Public Library and History Museum's glass slide collections will provide incredible insight into her visit, complementing her extensive diary.
    Because she enjoyed so many days at the Fair, there is hardly an aspect of the Fair that Laura did not describe. And because the Merritts were a farm family with modest means who no doubt sacrificed to make the trip, Laura was determined to make the most of every day and squeeze the fullest experience into every moment. An astute, careful eyewitness to history, she thrived on interacting and dialogue with others, especially the foreigners in the booths.

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December 1, 2018