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.
The 1904 World's Fair Society can provide a presentation about the World's Fair for your organization or event. Our topics can be tailored for your membership, and we can also arrange for 'special' presentations if requested--including 'The Pike' or 'Food at the Fair'. Honorariums may be requested from non-educational groups or organizations. To arrange a presentation about the 1904 World's Fair, please contact the Speakers Bureau at email@example.com
Questions about the Fair
Facts and pictures regarding the Fair can be obtained by visiting our "World Fair Links" page where resources containing a wealth of information can be found.
The 1904 World's Fair Society at firstname.lastname@example.org will try to answer your general questions about the fair or refer you to an organization that may provide an answer for you.
If you are seeking information about the Fair such as specifics on exhibits, exhibitors, award winners, and general information may be obtained from the Missouri History Museum Research Library; which has the official records from the Fair. They will respond to emails and letters from the public. They can be contacted at email@example.com