Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Event Category: Exhibition

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    The nineteenth century was a time of technological revolution and tumultuous social change, with the United States vying for international prominence in cultural and political affairs. World’s fairs provided a flamboyant and influential showcase for art, architecture, technology, and culture on an unprecedented scale . The World’s Columbian Exposition, better known then as now as “The White City,” took place in Chicago in 1893 and was a marvel of planning, engineering, innovation, technology, and entertainment. Twenty-seven million people flocked from all over the country to gape, to learn, to be entertained, and to ride the world’s first Ferris wheel. The presentation will tour a history of world’s fairs, making its longest stop in Chicago, 1893, and meeting Daniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, the firm of McKim, Mead & White, and a belly dancer named “Little Egypt,” among many others.

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