Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Poster for the Exposition painted by
|Name||Louisiana Purchase Exposition|
|Area||1,270 acres (510 hectares)|
|Opening||April 30, 1904|
|Closure||December 1, 1904|
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, was an
Historians generally emphasize the prominence of themes of race and empire, and the fair's long-lasting impact on intellectuals in the fields of history, art history, architecture and anthropology. From the point of view of the memory of the average person who attended the fair, it primarily promoted entertainment, consumer goods and popular culture.
In 1904, St. Louis hosted a World's Fair to celebrate the centennial of the 1803
The exhibition was grand in scale and lengthy in preparation, with an initial $5 million committed by the city of St. Louis through the sale of city bonds was authorized by the Missouri state legislature in April 1899. An additional $5 million was generated through private donations by interested citizens and businesses from around Missouri, a fundraising target reached in January 1901. The final installment of $5 million of the exposition's $15 million capitalization came in the form of earmarked funds that were part of a congressional appropriations bill passed at the end of May 1900. The fundraising mission was aided by the active support of President of the United States
While initially conceived as a centennial celebration to be held in 1903, the actual opening of the St. Louis exposition was delayed until April 30, 1904, to allow for full-scale participation by more states and foreign countries. The exposition remained in operation from its opening until December 1, 1904. During the year of the fair, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition supplanted the annual
The fair's 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) site, designed by
Exhibits were staged by approximately 50 foreign nations, the
Over 19 million (19,694,855, to be precise) individuals were in attendance at the fair.