Gobsmacked at the Sight: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Saint Louis In Tune

Mar 12 2024 • 49 mins

This episode features Patrick Murphy, a renowned author, television producer, and media personality, discussing his latest book Prelude to a Century: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair; aka the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Murphy shares insights into the World's Fair's historical significance, including its architectural marvels, technological innovations, and cultural impact. The fair, celebrated for its grand scale and achievements, attracted 22 million visitors and showcased inventions that foreshadowed modern advancements.

Murphy also highlights lesser-known aspects, such as the controversial exhibition of indigenous peoples and other ethical concerns. The episode delves into Murphy's research process, revealing previously unseen photographs and stories discovered in archives. The conversation also touches on the fair's enduring legacy in St. Louis, encouraging a reflection on the city's potential and historical accomplishments.

[00:00] Welcome to St. Louis in Tune: Exploring the St. Louis World's Fair

[01:28] Returning to Civility: Travel Tips and Etiquette

[02:14] Special Guest Patrick Murphy: A St. Louis Media Icon

[02:37] Diving into 'Prelude to a Century': The 1904 World's Fair Unveiled

[03:18] Patrick Murphy's Journey: From Media to Authorship

[15:06] Exploring the Pike: The Heart of the 1904 World's Fair

[20:00] Reflecting on the Fair's Legacy and Its Impact on the Future

[25:36] Exploring the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation's Mission

[28:15] Diving Into the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair with Patrick Murphy

[28:53] Unveiling the Dark Side of the World's Fair: Infant Incubators and Human Exhibits

[30:50] Patrick Murphy's Book Tour and Writing Journey

  • (check with the event venue for confirmation a few days ahead)
  • Thursday, April 11 – Book Launch at the Missouri History Museum
  • Saturday, April 13 from 1 – 3 p.m. Webster Books; 27 N. Gore, Webster Groves, MO 63119
  • Sunday, April 14 from 1 – 3 p.m. Main Street Books; 307 S Main St, St Charles, MO 63301
  • Saturday, April 27 from 12 – 2 p.m. Kerry Cottage; 113 N Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122
  • Sunday, April 28 from 3 – 6 p.m. Campbell House; 1508 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103
  • Tuesday, May 7; Washington Missouri Library; 410 Lafayette St, Washington, MO 63090

[33:49] Reimagining St. Louis: The Legacy of the 1904 World's Fair

[42:56] Reflecting on St. Louis' Past and Future Through the Lens of the World's Fair

[47:50] Closing Thoughts and Invitation to Explore Further


This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to stlintune.com

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