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History buffs pay tribute to 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis

July 13, 2014

LINCOLN – The grounds of Hearthside on Great Road were taken back to another era on Sunday, 1904 and its World Fair in St. Louis, to help raise funds for the historic town-owned property and its collections of local and state memorabilia.

Elizabeth Francis of the R.I. Council for the Humanities said her organization also supported the World’s Fair celebration at Hearthside and called it “a brilliant success.”

More than 700 people bought tickets ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children) to pass through the World’s Fair gate and enjoyed entertainment, foods like hot dogs in a bun and puffed rice that were introduced in St. Louis, and also an internationally known magician in addition to the musical performances and belly dancing of the day-long Pike shows.

“It not only recreated the experience of the World’s Fair it also recreated what the Fair was all about, which was to educate people,” Francis said.

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Call and Monday's Times.

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