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.

April 30, 2019
  • "There Will Be A Wreck" by Lyndon Irwin

    April 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    THE HEIGHTS, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117, USA

    In 1904, there was a head-on collision of two Missouri Pacific trains. One of them was an east bound passenger train packed with excited people on their way to visit the World's Fair in St. Louis. The wreck which occurred late night, between Warrensburg and Knob Noster, Missouri. Thirty people were killed. They came from many small towns: Kingman, Dexter, Cedar Vale, Sedan, Coffeyville, Edna, and Pittsburg Kansas; and from Bronaugh and Moundville Missouri. Newspaper accounts of the day reported on the wreck in detail, with photographs.
    Lyndon Irwin, a former professor at Missouri State University (formerly SW Missouri State in Springfield) researched many deaths from this tragedy, its aftermath, and the impact on the families and towns. He published a book by the same title as this presentation in 2000. The book has just been reprinted and will be for sale at this meeting.

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May 28, 2019
  • Food at the Fair

    May 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Aberdeen Heights, 575 Couch Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    In 2004, Charter Member Pam Vaccaro authored one of the first 21st century books about the 1904 World’s Fair. Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World’s Fair explored all culinary aspects of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Fair planners prepared to feed the thousands of construction workers, concessionaires, and also myriad Fairgoers. Pam describes many of the Fair’s restaurants and their various offerings, and that many Fair attendees tasted foods from around the world for the first time. And, she’ll tell us how attendees could eat for free, and explain the many myths and legends about food that focused on the Fair--from iced tea and the hot dog to the many stories about the ice cream cone.
    Come and enjoy Pam’s presentation about this highly “fulfilling” aspect of the Fair. Copes of her book will be available for sale and signature.

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June 15, 2019
  • Annual Picnic

    June 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Scout Pavilion, Kirkwood Park, 111 S Geyer Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    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.

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