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Mementos and Monuments: After Effects of the Fairs


February 10 - May 30, 2016
Hours: 11 am – 4:30 pm daily
Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library
When we think of historic world’s fairs and expositions we imagine impressive buildings, vast galleries of art, newly invented mechanical and industrial marvels, agricultural displays with live animals and huge farm equipment, packed audiences for great musical performances, and crowds of thousands bustling and pressing to see amazing sideshows and strange people from foreign lands and to get their turn on the Ferris wheel. But what is left after the visitors go home and the monumental, but temporary buildings are demolished? Using the College’s eclectic collections of books and ephemera, we explore social change, the creation of new cultural institutions, small differences in daily life, and memory after the fair is over.