Civics & Coffee - The History of the World's Fair

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  1. Shout out to listener Stacey who reached out and ask that I cover the history of the World's Fairs in the United States. There have been A LOT of them - and a lot of cool and amazing advancements have come about thanks to these demonstrations of new ideas, inventions and national pride. So much, in fact, that this will be a multi-part episode. This week I cover the origins of World's Fairs, what brought them to the United States and how they differed from their counterparts. Enjoy! Sources Used This Episode:Bureau of International Exhibitions, Philadelphia (LINK) The Free Library of of Philadelphia, Digital Collections: Centennial Exhibition (LINK)Women's Pavilions, 1876 Centennial Exhibition by Lucy Davis, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia (LINK)Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition by Linda P. Gross, Theresa R. SnyderThe Great Exhibition 1851 by Ben Johnson, Historic UK: The History and Heritage Accommodation Guide (LINK)Exhibition in the Palace: A Bibliographic Essay by Earle E. Coleman"The Exhibition of the Industries of all Nations," (LINK) Support the show (
  2. In this week's episode, I wrap up the 1893 Chicago World's Fair including the brief story of a serial killer, H.H Holmes and dive into both St. Louis and San Francisco's first shot at hosting their own event. St. Louis vied hard to ensure no one else competed with their fair and fought to have the Summer Olympics held on site and away from the original host city - Chicago. I end this episode where I began - back in Chicago; albeit under a different set of circumstances for the 1933 Centennial World's Fair. Come back next week as I wrap up the history of World's Fairs in the United States.Sources Used This Episode:Louisiana Purchase Exposition Issue, The Smithsonian National Postal Museum (LINK) St. Louis USA, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, America's Best History (LINK)Herbert Hoover Attends the 1933 World’s Fair, YouTube. (LINK) The Panama Pacific International Exhibition, National Park Service (LINK)Shock of the New: The Legacy of the 1893 World's Fair, Back Story Podcast (LINK)Support the show (
  3. We've made it! Listen with me as I talk about the final leg of the history of the World's Fair. This week's episode covers the New York and San Francisco fairs of 1939, the Disney influenced fair of 1964 and how the U.S was determined to make their Seattle World's Fair a showcase of American resolve to win the space race. Next week I return to regular programming and will take us back to the American Revolution. Thanks everyone! Support the show (

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