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.

November 10, 2021
  • The 1904 World's Fair and Bellfontaine Cemetery

    November 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    via Zoom

    In1904, St. Louis hosted the most unforgettable of World's Fairs, the LouisianaPurchase Exposition.  Many of thosepeople who were instrumental in securing the honor and making the Fair happencall Bellefontaine Cemetery their final resting place.  We will review the lives David R. Francis,President of the LPE, Isaac Taylor, Lead Architect of the Fair, and other"Fair people."  Attendees will hearmany stories about their significant contributions to the Fair and the St.Louis region.

    DanFuller works at Bellefontaine Cemetery as Volunteer and Event coordinator, andis also a Master Guide. He has been serving as Treasurer for the 1904 World'sFair Society since 2014, and has composed and given several informativepresentations (and tours) to the Society.

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December 5, 2021
  • Annual Banquet

    December 5, 2021
    Reservations required

    We close the year with our traditionalcelebration on the date the Fair closed. This year, we'll return to and gather at Moulin Events on Chouteau. Therewill be time for gathering and fellowship, a cash bar, scrumptious dinner, attendanceprizes, attendee gifts, entertainment, and President Mike Truax will presentour 2021Year in Review

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January 11, 2022
  • The 1904 World's Fair: A new film by Alex Mathiesen

    January 11, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

    Thisnew video explores many facets of 1904 St. Louis World's Fair in an energeticexamination of what many consider to be the pinnacle of the many VictorianWorld's Fairs. Alex Mathiesen produced this program as a large part of 'sMaster’s Degree thesis project for Webster University.  This high-energy, fast-paced video presentshundreds of images and facts about the 1904 Fair, and includes interviewsegments with Mike Truax, President of the 1904 World's Fair Society. 

    Whenthe Fair was held in 1904, St. Louis was the 4th largest city in the UnitedStates.  The Fair included exhibits frommany countries, nearly all the U.S. states, and hundreds of companies.  They all exhibited their latest discoveriesand innovations in science, industry and technology, plus the latest advancesagriculture, transportation, education.

    TheLouisiana Purchase Exposition was one of many world's fairs that were heldduring the Victorian era, through 1915. It was the largest in acreage and exhibits, and was justifiably one ofthe most significant world's fairs ever held.

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