It's May 1, and on this date in 1893, the Chicago World's Fair, sometimes known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opened in Chicago. They still have World's Fairs today, but because people travel to and from foreign countries all the time with relative ease, and therefore know more about foreign countries, they're not as big as they used to be. The 1893 World's Fair was significant for many reasons. Cracker Jack, Juicy Fruit, Quaker Oats and Shredded Wheat were among the new food items making their debuts at the event, and the popular new ride of the day was the Ferris Wheel. Much of the event took place on the Midway Plaisance on the south side of Chicago, right near the University of Chicago campus. You can still visit the Midway Plaisance today, and while you're there, you can stop by and see the American School's original building, which is just a short walk away. The American School would've loved to exhibit at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, but since we were founded in 1897 in Boston, the Chicago World's Fair was a couple years before our time. By the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, however, we had already moved to Chicago and decided the time was right to exhibit, and so we did. Our exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis attracted worldwide attention and earned us a medal. Today, 109 years later, the American School is still internationally relevant, as evidenced by the students in more than 65 countries who take our courses to help them earn their accredited high school diplomas.
Today’s Anniversary: The Chicago World’s Fair
May 1, 2013 by