ALTON — Friends of Jacoby Arts Center will host a program on the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair on Wednesday, March 11.
“A Fair to Remember” is a multimedia program by St. Louis historian and storyteller, Dee Ban. Ban is also a musician who uses that skill in her approach to teaching history. Her program tells the story of the fair using slide images, popular music of the period played on the autoharp and a narrative packed with intriguing stories. You’ll even hear the true story behind the invention of the ice-cream cone.
Ban’s program vividly conveys the spirit of the era and the grandeur that made St. Louis famous for hosting “the most spectacular World’s Fair ever,” according to historians. To create the fair’s 1,200-acre fairgrounds, 10,000 workers transformed swamps and thickets of Forest Park and Clayton into a fairyland of classical buildings, lush gardens and winding waterways. More than 12 million visitors were awed by the splendor of the scene and the endless displays of new inventions, including electric lights and moving pictures.
The March 11 program is open to the public and begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Jacoby Arts Center at 627 E. Broadway in Alton. Admission is $10 for Friends of Jacoby members and $12 for non-members. Seating is limited. For reservations call (618) 462-5222 (noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday) or make online reservations at www.jacobyartscenter.com.