September 6, 2016

Calendar

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.

September 11, 2018
  • Show and Tell

    September 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    THE HEIGHTS, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117, USA

    Our annual "members meeting" brings out wonderful stories and artifacts from the Fair, as members bring their favorite Fair treasures to show and share with others. Members can bring up to 3 items, and spend a few minutes telling us about their treasures. Every year there's something new or unusual we’ve not seen before…interesting stories, too. Look through your memorabilia, and bring an item or two to show. And, come and learn about the incredible number of items made for the best Fair ever!

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October 10, 2018
  • The Fair That Wasn't

    October 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

    The early planners of the 1904 World's Fair wanted a Fair to surpass all previous World's Fairs, including gigantic and never-before-accomplished structures. World's Fair Society President Mike Truax will present many of the early plans and visions for the Fair that were never consummated.
    You will see the several proposed Fair locations and layouts, a few exotic proposed structures, and many building plans and designs that changed. But when built, they all contributed to the final grandeur of our favorite World's Fair.
    In the 1980s, Carl Ebert authored a booklet with this same title. Mike will expand on this history to show you a aspects of the Fair that didn't happen. MHM will host this meeting, and we hope that many non-members will come to learn about this “different perspective” of the Fair.

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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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