1904 World's Fair Society

Brief History of The World's Fair Society

Preserving the Memory and Memoribilia for The Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
Louisiana Purchase Exposition

In April 1986, a handful of people got together, under the leadership of founder Max Storm, to discuss the formation of a society with a mission dedicated to “preserving the memory and memorabilia of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition”. On April 30, the 82nd anniversary of the opening day of the Fair, we held our first official membership meeting. We started small, but we were a determined bunch … now our membership has grown to over 300. We are a diverse group of people that meet every month in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of us collect memorabilia … some of us are interested in digging up the facts and setting the record straight … some of us are interested in finding the bits and pieces of the fair that still exist … some of us have family connections to the fair … and some of us just find it interesting. The Society has published a video documentary of Fair attendees, printed a book, discovered and purchased the masterworks to the 1904 Fair’s Floral Clock (which is currently on display at the Missouri History Museum), produced several post cards, minted a commemorative silver medal for the Fair’s centennial, and made a large donation to the renovation of the St. Louis Zoo’s Bird Cage, originally built for the 1904 World’s Fair. Members receive the monthly mailing of the newsletter, “The World’s Fair Bulletin”. A sample of several pages of the The World’s Fair Bulletin” bulletin can be seen by clicking on the link “The Worlds Fair Bulletin” . Each issue contains articles of World’s Fair interest and information on upcoming meetings and events. Members are encouraged to send letters, questions, and articles related to the Fair. Please consider joining the Society. Our monthly meetings feature programs covering a wide range of Fair-related topics, such as music, food, fashions, exhibits, memorabilia displays, and even 3-D slide shows. Visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Every December 1st, we have a formal Closing Day Observance Banquet to commemorate the closing day of the Fair. In 1904, St. Louis recognized the importance of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty to the history of the United States by inviting the country and the world to participate in the “greatest of expositions”. The 1904 World’s Fair Society wants to keep the memories alive. We hope you explore the various links provided herein and explore the wonders of the 1904 World’s Fair.


Upcoming events - all are welcome
August 11, 2022
  • Show and Tell

    August 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    St. Louis County Library–Oak Bend Branch, 842 S Holmes Ave, St. Louis, MO 63122, USA

    Our first "members do the meeting" in three years will bring out wonderful stories and artifacts from the Fair. Many members bring some of their favorite Fair treasures to show and share. Members can bring up to 3 items, and spend a few minutes telling us about their treasures.

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September 2, 2022
  • World's Fare in Forest Park

    September 2, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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September 3, 2022
  • World's Fare in Forest Park

    September 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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September 4, 2022
  • World's Fare in Forest Park

    September 4, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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September 10, 2022
  • A Visit to the U.S. Grant National Historic Site

    September 10, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    7400 Grant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123, USA

    Ranger Nick Sacco will provide a presentation on the history of Hardscrabble and its World’s Fair connections, and President Grant, and we will also tour Whitehaven, the historic home at this National Historic Site. Attendees will also have a chance to visit the U. S. Grant museum.

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October 11, 2022
  • The Ragged Blade Band - "St. Louis: Ragtime Capital"

    October 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Aberdeen Heights, 575 Couch Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    The duo "Cherry and Jerry" will play ragtime-era music as part of their hour long show called "St. Louis: Ragtime Capital." It's a half-talk/half-music presentation where they talk about some of the local people who wrote and promoted ragtime: Scott Joplin, Tom Turpin, Ethyl Smith, & Irene Giblin among others. While not focused solely on the fair, the program does include two rags written for that event.

    The show has been presented at the Missouri History Museum as part of its St Louis Sound exhibit, and "virtually" for the St. Louis County Library, and as part of New Zealand Music Month.

    You can see them on Facebook at Cherry and Jerry Music and on YouTube at Cherry and Jerry Ragtime Music.

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