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Exhibitions, Trade Shows, and World's Fairs

World's Columbia Exposition, 1893
The World's Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Chicago World's Fair)
celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's landing in America. The Exposition introduced the world to electricity, the telephone, the phonograph, and the Ferris Wheel.

Trans-Mississippi Exposition
Trans-Mississippi Exposition
Held in Omaha, Nebraska, June 1-November 1, 1898, the Trans-Mississippi Exposition was held to showcase the development of the West from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. It was held concurrently with the Indian Congress, the largest Native American gathering of its kind.

Pan-American Exposition
Pan-American Exposition
Held in Buffalo, New York, May 5 - November 2, 1901, the Pan-American Exposition was billed as a celebration of "commercial well being and good understanding among the American Republics."

Louisiana Purchase Exposition
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition
also known as the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, was held to celebrate the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. It ran from April 30 to December 1, 1904 (it opened a year late due to delays in construction), and was at the time the largest World's Fair ever held.

Jamestown Exposition
The Jamestown Exposition
was held at Norfolk, Virginia, April 26 to December 1, 1907, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
also known as the Seattle World's Fair, was held June 1 - October 16, 1909 to publicize development of the Pacific Northwest and the importance of Seattle in Oriental trade.

Panama-Pacific International Exposition
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition
was held in San Francisco, California, from February 20 to December 4, 1915 to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal and the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Balboa.

Sesquicentennial International Exposition
The Sesquicentennial International Exposition
also known as the Philadelphia World's Fair, was held from May 31 to November 30, 1926, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and 50th anniversary of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, which had also been hosted by Philadelphia.

Century of Progress International Exposition
The Century of Progress International Exposition
was held in Chicago from May 27 to November 1, 1933 and May 16 to October 31, 1934 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Chicago. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms."

Golden Gate International Exposition
The Golden Gate International Exposition
was held in San Francisco from February 18 to October 29, 1939 and May 25 to September, 1940, to celebrate completion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay and Golden Gate bridges. Its theme was “A Pageant of the Pacific,” emphasizing the unity, heritage and melding of cultures that share the Pacific Ocean.

New Yoek World's Fair, 1939-1940
The New York World's Fair, 1939-1940
was held from April 30 to October 31, 1939 and May 11 to October 27, 1940. In area, it was the second largest American world's fair ever. The first exposition to be based on the future, the Fair's opening day slogan was "Dawn of a New Day," and its official slogan was "The World of Tomorrow."

Brussels World's Fair
The Brussels World's Fair
was opened to the public on April 17, 1958, by King Baudouin of Belgium. The centerpiece of the Fair was the Atomium, which symbolized the progess and advances in civilization to be realized through the peaceful pursuits of atomic energy.

Seattle World's Fair, 1962
The Seattle World's Fair, 1962
aka Century 21 International Exposition, was one of the very few world's fairs dedicated to leaving a lasting architectural legacy behind. Among the structures built for the Fair that still stand are the iconic Space Needle, the Monorail, the Pacific Science Center, and KeyArena.

New York World's Fair, 1964-1965
The New York World's Fair, 1964-1965
had as its theme "Peace Through Understanding," and was dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe." Notable features included the Unisphere (the fair's symbol), the world's largest suspension roof, several Walt Disney-designed exhibits, a giant-sized automobile engine, and one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Japan World's Fair, 1970 (EXPO 70)
The Japan World's Fair, 1970 (EXPO 70)
had as its theme "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." Among the most notable exhibits were two extensive international collections of arts and crafts, and the first-ever IMAX film. It may well have been the first world's fair to actually make a profit.

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