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.

July 14, 2022
  • Charles Daniels: An Unlikely 1904 Olympics Gold Medal Winner Who Gave Birth to U.S. Swimming

    July 14, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
    St. Louis Public Library - Buder Library, 4401 Hampton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109, USA

    Charles Daniels overcame adversity to become a gold medal-winning swimmer -- in not only the1904 St. Louis Olympics, but also in the 1908 London Olympics.

       On the surface, young Charles Daniels had it all: high-society parents, a New York City prep school, summer vacations in the Adirondacks. But the scrawny teenager suffered from extreme anxiety due to a sadistic father who mired the family in bankruptcy and scandal before abandoning his family. Charles’s only source of joy was swimming. But with no one to teach him, he struggled -- until he caught the eye of two immigrant coaches building a U.S. swim program to rival the British Empire’s seventy-year domination of swimming.

       Interwoven with Charles’s story is the compelling history of the struggle to establish the modern Olympics in an era when competitive sports were still in their infancy.

       Michael Loynd is chairman of the St. Louis Olympic Committee, a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians, and a St. Louis sports attorney and lecturer. His new book is The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold.

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July 26, 2022
  • The 1904 World's Fair: A film by Alex Mathiesen

    July 26, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium

    This new video explores many facets of 1904 St. Louis World's Fair in an energetic examination of what many consider to be the pinnacle of the many Victorian World's Fairs. Alex Mathiesen produced this program as a large part of his Master’s Degree thesis project for Webster University.  This high-energy, fast-paced video presents hundreds of images and facts about the 1904 Fair, and includes interview segments with Mike Truax, President of the 1904 World's Fair Society. 

    When the Fair was held in 1904, St. Louis was the 4th largest city in the United States.  The Fair included exhibits from many countries, nearly all the U.S. states, and hundreds of companies.  They all exhibited their latest discoveries and innovations in science, industry and technology, plus the latest advances agriculture, transportation, education.

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

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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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