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.

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
  • Annual Picnic

    September 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Forest Park Picnic Area #11

    The Society will celebrate summertime with our annual picnic.  The Society will provide hot dogs, iced tea and ice cream, and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. 

    At this year’s picnic, we’ll feature a great group game, and have a “World’s Fair Memorabilia Auction”.  Members can bring a few Fair items to be auctioned (a minimum price can be set).  And, we will also auction several items 1904Fair memorabilia, which have been made by several donors to the Society.  Some items will be sold via a silent auction, and some items may be selected to be sold in a ‘live’ auction, going to the highest bidder.  A portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to the Society. Members can also bring a few items of their own to sell so start surveying your collections for possible items to "downsize"!

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