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Whose Fair?Experience, Memory, and the History of the Great St. Louis Exposition$
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James Gilbert

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226293103

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226293127.001.0001

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Fair Itineraries

Fair Itineraries

Experience, Memory, and the History of the Fair

(p.13) Chapter One Fair Itineraries
Whose Fair?
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which examines experience, memory, and the history of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, placing the fair into its surrounding contemporary cultural contexts, looks at the function of fairs, especially those held within the United States during this period. Trying to isolate fairs from other similar attractions such as amusement parks and trade shows exaggerates the importance and singularity of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. It is also a distortion to depict it outside of a developing European/American culture of world's fairs. The chapter also discusses nineteenth-century display and pageant culture, as well as tourism, all of which were represented at the time in St. Louis. It then places the St. Louis Fair in its specific historical context, emphasizing the special circumstances that brought it to the city. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the intellectual history of the Fair as it was reflected in its important Congress of Arts and Sciences, which attracted hundreds of important thinkers from the United States, Europe, and beyond.

Keywords:   experience, memory, history, 1904 World's Fair, United States, culture, fairs, tourism, St. Louis, Arts and Sciences

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