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.

December 1, 2017
  • Closing Day Observance Banquet

    December 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Concordia Seminary Koburg Hall 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105

    Closing Day Observance Banquet - RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

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January 14, 2018
  • "Ota Benga" film directed by UMSL Professor Niyi Coker

    January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

    "Ota Benga" recounts the experiences of an African Pygmy who was brought to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and put on display, as a living exhibit of human evolution. After the Fair, at the Bronx Zoo, he was housed with primates and displayed with monkeys as the "missing link" between human and apes. Coker believes Benga's story should not be forgotten.

    "It's a real-life story that needed to be told about a place and time when evolution experiments were conducted, and we need to understand its impact on humanity", he said.

    "Ota Benga" brought home two awards for the University of Missouri - St. Louis. For their work, Niyi Coker and Joel Glassman won Best Director of a Short Doumentary and the Scientific & Educational award, respectfully.

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