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Online Lecture: Seattle's World Fairs — Windows into History

Program No. 24697RJ
Join us on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about Seattle’s World Fairs, the AYPE and Century 21.
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At a Glance

Seattle has hosted two world fairs — the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909 and Century21 in 1962. These fairs served as windows into the city’s past, present and future. The AYPE presented Seattle as a hub of trade and commerce in the turn-of-the-century era, showcasing cutting-edge technology, art, music and entertainment on the Olmsted-designed University of Washington campus. In contrast, Century21 laid out a futuristic vision of the city, eagerly anticipating the transformations that high technology would bring to ordinary life. The AYPE was set against the backdrop of the pre-World War I Pacific, while Century21 emerged during the coldest year of the Cold War. Join local historian Lorraine McConaghy as she examines the cultural, historical and technological contexts of the two fairs within their respective eras.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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