This weekend, December 5 and 6, the Museum of Science and Industry presents Explore the White City. Check it out, take a virtual tour of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and stump your museum guides with this trivia!
- The 1893 Columbian Exposition, aka Chicago World’s Fair, commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World.
- Chicago beat out New York City, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis to host the fair.
- Chicago mayor Carter Harrison, Sr. was assassinated by Patrick Eugene Pendergrast, 2 days before the end of the Fair.
- 46 countries were represented; Frederick Douglass represented Haiti.
- Only 2 buildings from the White City remain in place: the Palace of Fine Arts and the World’s Congress Auxiliary Building.
- The many “Firsts” at the fair included: Cracker Jack, the Ferris Wheel, Juicy Fruit gum, Quaker Oats, Cream of Wheat, Shredded Wheat, Aunt Jemima pancake mix, the hamburger, picture postcards and commemorative stamps, ragtime (performed by Scott Joplin).