1904 World's Fair Society

Brief History of The Worlds 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
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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