Saturday, August 22, 2015

St. Louis World's Fare

Today we went to this fun little festival at Forest Park called St. Louis World's Fare. We poked around the different tents and vendors but the main main draw for us was this awesome walking tour sponsored by the 1904 World's Fair Society. A member of the society walked us all over, pointing out and showing pictures of what the park looked like during the fair.

The 20 or so of us walked all the way to the Missouri History Museum and were handed off to another guide who showed us around the museum's permanent exhibit about the fair. So the current Saint Louis Art Museum building was built for the fair, but what I did not know was the reason for that. Fires were so common at the time that foreign countries would only agree to loan their artwork for display if the art building was fireproof. Fun fact complete.

World's Fairs are my favorite. Remember that time we went to Expo Milano 2015? Boom, no big deal.

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