The 1904 World’s Fair Society has monthly membership meetings with programs on various topics relating to the Fair.

It has always been a tradition of the organization to have a meeting near the end of April to celebrate “opening day”, (the day the fair opened, April 30th,1904), and to have a “closing day” banquet in December (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.

April 30, 2024
  • Opening Day Dinner, Presentation, and Book Sale

    April 30, 2024 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pietro's, 3801 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63109, USA

    RSVP (forseating count) to Doug Stone - contact the Society for his contact information.  Arrive 5:30 (or so) for dinner (separatechecks), meeting will start at about 7. You can continue to order and eat during the presentation.
    -   Patrick Murphy has written a new, detailed book about the 1904 World’s Fair.  He set out to try to describe the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in depth, and this new book covers just about every significant aspect of the World’s Fair. From the large buildings and myriad exhibits down to the many Pike concessions, he has included images and details about this largest exposition of the Victorian era.  He worked with Mike Truax (from the 1904 WF Society) to ensure the thoroughness and accuracy of his information.
    -   Patrick Murphy is a well-known St. Louis personality and author, who has worked in radio and television for the past 40 years. After publishing his first book, Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice, he adapted it into a special for St. Louis PBS. He’s also a working artist, exhibiting his woodcut prints in several St. Louis galleries. His name leaves little doubt as to his roots, and he thought it was time to write a book about the Irish in St. Louis.  Then, 2024 approached and the World’s Fair was his next project!

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May 18, 2024
  • Annual Picnic

    May 18, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Kirkwood Park, Campbell Pavilion, 100 Amphitheatre Dr, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    This year’s picnic is in May to avoid the early summer heat (and let’s hope for no rain!).  
    The Society will celebrate summertime with our annual picnic.  The Society will provide hot dogs, iced tea and ice cream, and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.  
    We’ll have a great lunch (of course), and play a fun group game.  There will also be a “World’s Fair Memorabilia Auction” of donated memorabilia and by members.  Members are urged to bring a few Fair items to sell or be auctioned (a minimum price can be set); a portion of those auction proceeds may be donated to the Society. And we will also auction several 1904 Fair memorabilia items which have been donated to the Society.  Some items may be sold via a silent auction, and some items may be selected to be sold in a ‘live’ auction, going to the highest bidder.  Since members can also sell or auction a few items of their own, start surveying your collections for possible items to "downsize"!

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