Urso Chappell’s ExpoMuseum Blog: September 2011

29 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Evidence that, in the USA, people don't always know "expo" = "world's fair" ("it's basically a huge science fair...") http://t.co/LyStirCE

RT @UrsoChappell I voted! RT @nickhirshon Vote for the World's Fair Historical Society to get a $50,000 grant. http://bit.ly/pWX6s5 #worldsfair

28 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Possible redevelopment of Riverwalk, a legacy of New Orleans' 1984 Louisiana World Exposition: http://t.co/Rwb6g9Us

Expo 2010 retrospective in Shanghai: http://t.co/JmrpAwbm

News on Shanghai's World Expo Museum (not affiliated wth ExpoMuseum.com): http://t.co/8aoawxvX

Really amazing video showing the world population as a landscape... shown at Aichi, Japan's Expo 2005: http://t.co/0bZTbT9B

RT @theseasonpass Geekiest ERT ever recorded with Mike Collins from @coasterradio! ... We talk everything from Europe, to Ghost to 80s rock!

RT @ponderossa Expo '67, you are so damn cool. flic.kr/p/aq2Q83

RT @johnleesandiego Remembering the World's Fair - can we still dream big? - seattlepi.com http://bit.ly/pCmdOP

RT @TheBathBusiness 1933-1934 Kohler At The Chicago World’s Fair tinyurl.com/3kdjwjh


This isn't the best resolution for viewing this, but it's really interesting nonetheless. I first saw it on the big screen at Aichi, Japan's Expo 2005 as I was riding by on one of the aerial gondolas.

26 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Monday, September 26, 2011

Great view of Expo '58's Atomium, environmental graphics and tram: http://t.co/naSxKf3s

After our hiatus, the World's Fair Podcast returns! Episode 27 is now up for download. In it, we talk to Don... http://t.co/DqwBQ4g9

The latest episode of the World's Fair Podcast is now up. We talk about CSU Fresno's world's fair collection: http://t.co/mydXVWgW

The World's Fair Podcast, Episode 27: Don Larson and Tammy Lau

In episode 27 of the World's Fair Podcast, we talk to Don Larson and Tammy Lau about the Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs in Fresno, California.

We also recap the bids and potential bids for Expo 2017 and Expo 2020.

The Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs
The eCollection

Listen to this podcast as an MP3.

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Listen to other episodes of the World's Fair Podcast.

23 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Friday, September 23, 2011

Knute Berger reports on some of the "past" found at Seattle's 1962 Century 21 Exposition: http://t.co/Z5NJ5952

Proposed Dublin "vertical park" plan inspired by Expo 2000 Holland Pavilion: http://t.co/lmmYiaTS

HemisFair '68 panels from Republic of China (Taiwan) Pavilion to be reinstalled on the 1968 site: http://t.co/4KKx98pj

Westport, CT viewing of 1939-'40 New York World's Fair documentary (with director's talk) on Sunday: http://t.co/XGM6IsLz

World's fair symposium at the University of Virginia today: http://t.co/ODZRwfq8

20 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The latest BIE word on Expo 2017 and Expo 2020 (no mention of USA efforts, no 2018 option, no Yekaterinburg.. yet): http://t.co/nzO7HjTg

Here's the entire roster of proposed logos for Expo 2015: http://t.co/0LrvXSF4

Here's the official BIE word on Expo 2017 and Expo 2020. Interesting bits: - Only 2017 is mention and not the... http://t.co/lainy54o

RT @UrsoChappell My design for Expo 2015's logo: http://t.co/crWOiql9

Expo 2017 and Expo 2020

Here's the official Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) word on Expo 2017 and Expo 2020:

Interesting bits:
- Only 2017 is mention and not the possibility of 2018 for the smaller "recognized" world's fair
- No mention of Houston or Silicon Valley for Expo 2020
- No mention of Yekaterinburg for 2020 even though this sounds like it is definitely in the works.
- Expo 2017 bid deadline is 10 December 2011
- Expo 2020 bid deadline is 02 November 2011

I'm really concerned about the United States' bids for Expo 2020. It seems mostly contingent on the State Department letting us rejoin the BIE. I'm hoping to find out more news from both the Houston and Silicon Valley efforts soon.

18 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Sunday, September 18, 2011

New blog post: Treasure Island Museum: http://t.co/OwJRqwIF

Treasure Island Museum

This weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Treasure Island Museum Association. They had a booth at this year's Dragon Boat Races, so I got to meet and hang out with board member Walt Bilofsky as well as others with a passion for the island and the world's fair.

Here in San Francisco, we have some really great institutions. When I first moved here in 1995, I was eager to check out all three world's fair sites: the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park (site of the 1894 California Mid-Winter Exposition), the Marina and the Palace of Fine Arts (the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition), and Treasure Island (the 1939-'40 Golden Gate International Exposition).

My first stop at Treasure Island was to the Treasure Island Museum, which chronicled the history of the island from its creation in the late 1930's (it's all landfill!), to it's role hosting the GGIE, and to its subsequent use as a naval base. Sadly, when the Navy moved out in 1997, the museum closed with it since the US Navy owned the artifacts. However, the Treasure Island Museum Association lives on.

With the imminent handover of the island from the Navy to the City and County of San Francisco, the island is slaved to be completely redeveloped. Along with that are plans to re-open the Treasure Island Museum as an event greater institution.

Click here to find out more about the Treasure Island Museum Association.

17 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Great roundup of Expo 2015 news in one place: http://t.co/I2sikwOG (too bad more isn't in English, though)

Odd to see 1939-'40 New York mentioned as a "more recent" world's fair as there have been 20+ since then: http://t.co/MjXpwSVX

Great Esso TV commercial featuring Expo 67: http://t.co/samuw3gp

RT @tendersdirect Expo 2015 S.p.A is inviting firms to express interests in becoming partners at...: http://t.co/djZWU5E3

RT @luzdesign: I love these vintage Expo '67 postcards. J'adore ces cartes postales "vintage" de l'Expo '67. http://t.co/srUDvBr2

RT @alucidwake Stunning photo of Buckminster Fuller's Expo '67 dome on fire http://t.co/o5km9Zqz


16 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Friday, September 16, 2011

Updated http://t.co/hzhZ7noO to include Yekaterinberg's bid for Expo 2020 and moving US efforts to "unlikely" category.

RT @expo2020russia Gov. Alexander Misharin and PM Vladimir Putin in the stand of Ekaterinburg bid for Expo 2020 in... http://t.co/onrbFJ1f

@USpedia It wasn't technically the very first iced tea, but iced tea was first popularized at 1904's world's fair in St. Louis.

06 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Tuesday, September 06, 2011

In Europe, it was at 1937 World's Fair in Paris. RT @WBR_SA Television was introduced to U.S. public at the 1939 World's Fair in New York!

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Monday, September 05, 2011: Sat Sep 03 2011 17:45:20 GMT-0700 (PDT)2025 would be more likely... http://t.co/7VF6bEF

05 September 2011

@ExpoMuseum Twitter: Monday, September 05, 2011

2025 would be more likely. RT @Philjimeneznyc Phil JimenezNYC might host another World's Fair by 2020 - on Governor's Island! http://bit.ly/nKfdTH

Just a few days left to see the 1930's world's fair exhibit in DC: http://t.co/03ts3G1

01 September 2011: ExpoMuseum.com celebrates its 13th anniversary.

RT @UrsoChappell Had a great lunch at the @Space_Needle with their writer in residence Knute Berger: http://t.co/QoQuNxd