Tuesday, February 03, 2009

1901 Buffalo Pan-American Exposition

The website Illuminations: Revisiting the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition 1901, http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/exhibits/panam/index.html, is a great site for learning more about this time period in American history. You can read about what was popular and look at documents and ephemera including maps of the Exposition, advertisements, and articles about innovations. You can get an idea of what the Exposition grounds looked like through a souvenir booklet digitized at http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/exhibits/panam/booklets/100views/100views.pdf.

Lots of different kinds of documents can be seen at this website. A menu for the Pabst restaurant can be found here http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/exhibits/panam/food/pabstmenu.html. If you’re curious about what things cost during 1901 and how much people made during this time, you can look at this link http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/exhibits/panam/food/profiles.html#everyday.

Of course, the big event at this Exposition was the assassination of President William McKinley. This website has materials about the assassination including an offsite link to a booklet entitled, The True Story of the Assassination of President McKinley at Buffalo from 1901 at http://www.buffaloah.com/h/panam/panwho/truemck/index.html.

Other websites that have information about the Pan-American Exposition can be found at http://panam1901.bfn.org/documents/ and http://www.buffaloah.com/h/panam/links.html.

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