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World's Columbian Exposition

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Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair

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1893 World's Columbian Exposition

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Curious City: What was it like to be a visitor at the 1893 World's Fair?

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World's Columbian Exposition 1893

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World Columbian Expostion Fair of 1893 (UCLA 3D recreation)

The World's Columbian Exposition was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492. The centerpiece of the Fair, the large water pool, represented the long voyage Columbus took to the New World. Chicago bested New York City; Washington, D.C.; and St. Louis for the honor of hosting the fair. The Exposition was an influential social and cultural event and had a profound effect on architecture, sanitation, the arts, Chicago's self-image, and American industrial optimism.
    • Planning and organization 

    • Description 

    • Attractions 

    • Architecture 

    • Visitors 

    • Assassination and end of fair 

    • Electricity at the fair 

    • Music at the fair 

    • Art at the fair 

    • Women artists at the Woman's Building 

    • Notable firsts at the fair 

    • Later years 

    • References and notes