Thursday, March 21, 2024
Corbin Senior Activity Center
827 West Cleveland Parking and entrance in the back of the building.
Henderson Room, Second Floor (elevator available)?
Liz Wood, "The World That Came To Expo"
While Seattle's Century 21 Exposition (1962) had celebrated industrial progress, the people who came to Spokane's Expo in 1974 were not hoping for a peek at space-age living. Rather, they wanted to see a future in which the earth was wholesome, clean, and livable. By "Celebrating Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment," Expo '74 became the first environmentally-themed World's Fair. For the first time, each country participating in the fair needed to present itself as not only a competitive economic force, but also as a nation with strong environmental bona fides. Participating commercial and industrial entities like American Forest Industries, General Electric, and Ford now had to put an eco-friendly spin on their products. The political changes of the 20th century also brought together nations, entertainers, and visitors unlike what any had seen before - most notably, the first Cold War era appearance of the USSR at an American-hosted World's Fair. In this presentation, I will highlight how Expo '74 reflected its own time and predicted ours.
Dr. Elizabeth Wood is a self-taught student of Spokane history and an assistant professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at WSU Spokane.
** The meeting doors open at 5 pm. Dinner costs $20 and is served at 5:30 p.m. Guests for the program only are welcome for $5. The presentation begins at 6:15 pm.
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