Empire and Memory at the Portland World’s Fair
Lisa Blee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University
The 1905 Centennial Exposition in Portland commemorated the anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s expedition. It was intended to showcase arts and modern industry of the day, as well as incorporate Portland into national narratives of empire. Through artistic and educational displays including “living” exhibits of colonized people, Portland joined other European and American fairs in articulating a fantasy of the history and future of civilization. What should we make of this narrative?
This event is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment.Purchase tickets
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