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.

June 17, 2021
  • A Trip on the Pike

    June 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Many Society members and St. Louisans know a little about The Pike, but most don’t know a lot. One of the Fair's major features, the Pike was the Fair's entertainment section. Holly Childress and Mike Truax will take attendees on a "A Trip to the Pike," as related through the experiences of a typical 1904 family.
    For example: Did you know that the mile-long Pike had over 50 attractions? Plus, there were a few other scattered entertainment concessions on the Fairgrounds. The numerous concessions included: entertainment (with actual and simulated rides), historical and scientific exhibits, a large animal exhibit, a wild west show and arena, a realistic re-enactment of Boer War battles in an arena, many restaurants, concessions from several foreign lands featuring native food, theaters, and stores, and (of course) the giant Observation (Ferris) Wheel.
    You will learn about the amazing sights and attractions that Fair visitors experienced.
    Holly Childress has worked at the St. Louis Art Museum for over 8 years, and has been the Society Director of Exploitation since 2018. Mike Truax is the current President of the Society.

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August 11, 2021
  • The Swedish Pavilion at the 1904 World's Fair

    August 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    via Zoom

    The Fair's Swedish Pavilion was designed by Ferdinand Boberg, one of Sweden’s premier architects. It is one of very few international buildings remaining from the St. Louis World’s Fair.
    The building followed the design of the traditional Swedish Manor House or “herrgård” honoring the architectural past of Sweden. The Pavilion was prefabricated in Sweden, and was then was dismantled and shipped to St. Louis.
    After the Fair closed, the Swedish Pavilion was purchased by W.W. Thomas, U.S. Minister to Sweden and Norway. He moved it to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where it served as a classroom, library, museum and home to the art department for more than sixty years. Generations of students remember it fondly.
    In 1969 the Swedish Pavilion was moved from Bethany College to the Old Mill Museum and a partial restoration was completed. The Pavilion is now used for cultural heritage events several times a year.
    Lenore Lynam is Treasurer of the Smoky Valley Historical Association in Lindsborg, Kansas.

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September 11, 2021