A Tribute to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair returns once again this summer as we celebrate the connection of Hearthside to the greatest international exhibition as the model of the Rhode Island pavilion. With exhibits and memorabilia from the actual Fair inside and a whole host of nostalgic entertainment outside, this event is a perfect family activity for a summer’s day. Plan now and get the date on your calendar. This event won’t happen again for two years.
The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis has been referred to as the “Greatest World’s Fair ever” and in 2014, Hearthside paid tribute to that international event with a special exhibit and event that featured Rhode Island’s important role in it. An extensive exhibit, funded by the RI Council for the Humanities, was displayed throughout the rooms in the house, included photographic displays, interpretive panels, video presentation, and memorabilia that were donated to Hearthside by the Murch family of St. Louis. Patrons learned about Hearthside’s connection to this international exhibition, as it was the model for the Rhode Island Building (and later became a home to the Murch family after the Fair).
The exhibit continued outdoors with a “festival-like” atmosphere reminiscent of “The Pike,” with entertainment, games, and foods found at the 1904 Fair. This event provides a nostalgic look back at a time when airplanes, automobiles and ice cream cones were new inventions and the simple pleasures of old-fashioned games of skill kept everyone engaged and entertained, which is not an easy thing to do in this digital age. With our permanent collection of 1904 World’s Fair artifacts and because of the overwhelming popularity of the event, the event was repeated in 2015 and will continue to be a featured offering by Hearthside in the future.