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Exhibitions and Events at the Haan Museum in Lafayette, Indiana

Exhibitions and Events


St. Louis World's Fair: Celebrating 115 Years

January 26 through April 20, 2019

Experience a small slice of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair at the Haan Museum as they celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Fair. The Colonial Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building in St. Louis, and now houses a collection of major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited by Weller Pottery at the Fair, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold prize for the Arts, are always on display. Paintings by TC Steele and Charles Connor that were chosen for the Center Arts Palace are also featured.

The exhibition will also include paintings from the Indiana Building and Fine Arts Palace, andirons, a mandolin, zither, accordion, telephone, blow gun, stereoptics, a Majolica statue, and a 1760 candle stand. There are also aluminum playing cards, with each card featuring a different building at the Fair.

The Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, celebrated the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. It had the largest footprint of any Fair in history, covering 1200 acres, and attracted over 19 million visitors. The Fair was immortalized in Judy Garland’s song, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”




A DAY AT THE FAIR

March 23, 2019, (3 Events)

Join us in celebrating the 115th anniversary of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Why celebrate the Fair in Lafayette, Indiana? Because the Haan Museum building served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 World’s Fair. Many parts, including the entire front entry and much of the interior woodwork, came from the 1760 Hubbard-Slater mansion in Norwich, CT. Mike Truax, President of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society, will be here during the event to help us celebrate.

10 AM – NOON: Fair Food, Music & More
FEE: $10
Guests can listen to live Ragtime music as they enjoy some food that was popularized at the Fair, including Rice Krispie/peanut butter bars, egg muffins, drizzled popcorn, Fairy Floss (cotton candy), iced tea, Dr. Pepper, and mini franks. China painters will show and talk about their work, and lace makers will show some of the techniques used for the work that won prizes for Hoosier women at the Fair. Mike Truax will bring free handouts about the Fair, souvenir items from the Fair, and some pictures. He’ll also answer questions from guests. Guests may also browse the World’s Fair exhibition.

1 – 4 PM: Tours of the Haan Museum
FEE: $10
Semi-guided tours include the first and second floors. Guests will learn about the history of the mansion, as well as the Indiana paintings and ceramics and the antique American furniture.

The current exhibition, St. Louis World’s Fair: Celebrating 115 Years, includes major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited by Weller Pottery at the Fair, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold prize for the Arts, are always on display. Paintings by TC Steele and Charles Connor that were chosen for the Center Arts Palace are also featured.

The exhibition also includes three paintings from the Indiana Building, andirons, a mandolin harp, zither, accordion, telephone, gold gilt clocks, a Majolica statue, a bread maker, and a 1760 candle stand that was in the Connecticut Building at the Fair. There are also aluminum playing cards, with each card featuring a different building at the Fair. Guests can look through a stereoscope to see Fair pictures in 3-D, or look at hold-to-light cards and watch as the lights in the buildings seem to come on.

Ruby Flash glassware, knives, spoons, coins, medals, books, cups, dishes, silver match cases, and a variety of other souvenirs fill the remaining space in the three special exhibition rooms. The walls are filled with photos and information about the Fair.

The Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, celebrated the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. It had the largest footprint of any Fair in history, covering 1200 acres, and attracted over 19 million visitors. The Fair was immortalized in the song and movie Meet Me in St. Louis.

6:30 PM – 8 PM: World's Fair Society Guest Speaker
FEE: $10
Talk #1: “The St. Louis World's Fair” (approx. 40 minutes)
In his first presentation, Mike Truax, President of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society, will relate some of the astonishing details of the Fair, show photos that will amaze you about the Fair's scale, and relate why the Fair was so memorable. He will use a map and panorama photo of the Fair that will make you wonder "how did they make all this?”
Talk #2: “A Trip on the Pike” (approx. 40 minutes)
Mike Truax will tell the story of a family's trip to the Fair, as told through the eyes of a 12-year old girl.

*REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS:
Receive a discounted rate when you register for any two events and pay only $15 OR register for all three events and pay only $20.