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Topics in Chronicling America - Chicago World's Fair (The Columbia Exposition), 1893

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.
Chicago World's Fair

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Important Dates:

  • October 21, 1892. The World's Columbian Exposition, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Columbus's landfall in the New World, is dedicated in Chicago.
  • May 1, 1893. Thousands gather in Jackson Park to witness President Grover Cleveland press the button signaling the opening of the Chicago World’s Fair.
  • October 30, 1893. The Fair closes with the city in shock, as popular mayor Carter Harrison, Sr. was assassinated by Patrick Eugene Prendergast two days before the fair's closing. Closing ceremonies were cancelled in favor of a public memorial service.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] . Chicago World’s Fair, Columbia Exposition, White City, Midway Plaisance.
  • To narrow results search between 1892 and 1893.
  • To find articles relating to specific events related to the Fair include additional terms in search. Ex. When searching for articles about the opening of the Fair, including opening or opening day in search terms.

Sample Articles from Chronicling America:

  • "Chicago's Great Day," The Evening World (New York, NY), October 21, 1892, Page 1, Image 1, col. 8.
  • "Dedicated to Progress," St. Paul Daily Globe (Saint Paul, MN), October 22, 1892, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Chicago's Promise ," Perrysburg Journal (Perrysburg, OH), October 29, 1892, Page 6, Image 6, col. 1.
  • "Grover to Press the Button," St. Paul Daily Globe (Saint Paul, MN), May 1, 1893, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Starting the Machinery," New-York Tribune (New York, NY), May 2, 1893, Page 11, Image 11, col. 1.
  • "Cleveland Presses the Golden Key," The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT), May 2, 1893, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "The Great Fair Open," San Saba County News (San Saba, TX), May 12, 1893, Page 2, Image 2, col. 2.
  • "Assassinated!," St. Paul Daily Globe (Saint Paul, MN), October 29, 1893, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Cold In Death," The Morning Call (San Francisco, CA), October 29, 1893, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Close of the Fair," The Morning Call (San Francisco, CA), October 31, 1893, Page 1, Image 1, col. 7.
  • "End of the Fair," Richmond Dispatch (Richmond, VA), October 31, 1893, Page 1, Image 1, col. 6.
  • "After the Fair," The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, KY), November 1, 1893, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
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