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1904 World's Fair Collection
In 1904 St. Louis hosted a World's Fair officially called the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commemorating a century since the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the United States. The Missouri History Museum's original building was built as a memorial to Thomas Jefferson, whose vision guided the purchase of the Louisiana Territory. The major strength of this collection lies with the archived documents, including the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company papers. The official company photographs portray scenes of the construction of the fair, buildings and displays during the fair, and even scenes of the dismantling of the fair. The collection also houses some premier pieces that were displayed at the fair, such as one of the largest punch bowls made by Libbey Glass, an ornate desk from the Chinese exhibit in the Palace of Varied Industries, and items used in the fair's groundbreaking ceremonies. Other holdings include a large number of souvenirs created to be sold at the fair.

The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
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