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Chinese porcelain exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair
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John M. Olin Library, Ginkgo Reading Room

Morning Curator Chat on Gateway to the East Exhibition

Stop by for a casual tour of the exhibition Gateway to the East: China at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Chat with WashU student researchers who contributed to the project and hear from exhibit curators on how items from three different continents on display were brought together.  


  • Lingran Zhang, Ohio State University and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus (2021) 
  • Miranda Rectenwald, curator of local history, Julian Edison Department of Special Collections
  • Claire Huang, Washington University in St. Louis alumnus (2023) 
  • Maggie Marchionni, current Washington University in St. Louis student

Free and open to the public, feel free to drop by anytime between 9:30–10:30 am. Registration is requested, but not required. No charge parking on Saturdays in campus yellow zoned lots and garages.  

(Note to attendees: This program takes place immediately prior to the Roundtable discussion in Wilson Hall)

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Four men of Chinese descent in traditional clothing standing for a photograph amidst a crowd of white men in dour suits and women in high-necked lace dresses with elaborate hats at the 1904 World's Fair.

Gateway to the East: China at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, opened its doors to the public on April 30, 1904. By the time it concluded in December, millions of people had visited the fair. The nearly seven-month-long spectacle showcased a plethora of magnificent buildings, remarkable displays, scientific marvels, and exhibitions of cultures and

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