In the days before computers and television, there were international exhibitions to showcase different countries and their cultures, along with the best each had to offer in terms of science, technology, inventions, agriculture, manufacturing and cuisine. One of the most popular of these world’s fairs was held in 1904 in St. Louis, a time when the world was rapidly changing and there was excitement and a real sense of optimism for the future.
Today, the interest and nostalgia of the 1904 World’s Fair remains high. On July 23rd from Hearthside will celebrate this turn-of-the-century spectacle and Rhode Island’s unique connections to the Fair with our own World’s Fair 1904: Showcasing Rhode Island’s Legacy of Achievement. The all-day event will provide an immersive experience into the history and memories of the World’s Greatest Fair. Hitting all the senses, this informative yet entertaining event will feature the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and textures of the Fair. Inside the museum, experience exhibits, artifacts and image galleries throughout the historic house that showcase some of the latest innovations that were seen at the Fair. Outdoors on the grounds, non-stop family fun activities will feature some of what fairgoers in 1904 would have experienced, including period fashions, cultural performances, old-time brass music and songs, carnival –type games, antique cars, demonstrations, art displays, and foods that were made popular at that Fair such as ice cream cones, hot dogs and iced tea.
The tribute to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair comes with a special connection that Hearthside has with the greatest international exhibition in history; it was selected to be the model for the design of the Rhode Island Building at that Fair.
The dawn of the new century was a very proud time for Rhode Islanders, and their achievements and innovations in industry, education and the arts and were widely recognized at the 1904 World’s Fair. Memories and connections to such a once-in-a-lifetime event like the 1904 World’s Fair don’t disappear, and now the Hearthside Museum is bringing many of these stories to life with an ideal summertime event that appeals to all ages. The event runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 adults; $5 ages 10-17; under 10 free.