Utopian Visions and World's Fairs is the theme of a spring symposium in the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday April 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The symposium will run from 1:30 to 4:30 and include four papers. Ryan J. Carey (Simon's Rock College) will explore how the 1905 Portland, Oregon Exposition ignored the role of labor when it celebrated the centennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lisa Schrenk (Norwich University) will present the fantasies of progress presented at the 1933-1935 Chicago World's Fair that was held in the depths of the Great Depression. Erik Ellis (Arizona State University) looks at the complicated efforts to showcase the potential for space travel at the Seattle World's Fair of 1962. Finally, Natasha Zaretsky (Southern Illinois University) looks at the decision of the American Bicentennial Commission not to hold a centralized celebration of 200 years of American independence and to instead encourage decentralized events emphasizing American folk traditions. Noted historian James Gilbert (University of Maryland) will offer a comment on the papers. For more information, email the address shown below, go to the following website, or call Carol Lockman at the phone number provided.
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