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The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
Looking South to Festival Hall. Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Oil on canvas by
The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
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On April 30, 1904, David R. Francis, president of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company, officially opened the Louisiana Purchase Exposition—also known as the 1904 World's Fair—with the call, "Open ye gates. Swing wide, ye portals." A magnificent spectacle greeted the opening day crowd of 200,000—a dazzling city stood on what had been a woodland park. Fair organizers had erected nearly 1,500 buildings, including several grand "palaces," across 1,200 acres of a newly redesigned Forest Park.

About the video: Kaylee, 9, was selected to serve as a Missouri History Museum Kid Curator, presented by the Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Sprout & About. Kid Curator Kaylee had an opportunity to experience the 1904 World's Fair through the eyes of a child visiting the Fair more than a century ago during her exclusive, after-hours tour of the Missouri History Museum. Kaylee's family enjoyed free accommodations at the Drury Inn and Suites Forest Park. Sprout & About and the Missouri History Museum also presented Kaylee with a goodie bag to commemorate the special occasion.  

Know a child who'd like to be a Kid Curator? Keep reading the Sprout & About website and follow the Missouri History Museum on Facebook and Twitter for information about our next Kid Curator contest!


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