"Dancing Girls of the Midway" Photo: F. A. Rinehart, 1898. Courtesy Trans-Mississippi Exposition Historical Association
Trans-Mississippi and International
This event, similar in concept and design to a
World's Fair, originally took place in Omaha in 1898. Its
centennial was celebrated in 1998 in a nine-month program of
events that included museum exhibits, historic re-enactments,
lecture series, a documentary film titled
Empire: Omaha's World Fair of 1898, and a 3-day downtown
festival. The original Exposition celebrated the industry,
natural resources, and cultural achievements of the states
west of the Mississippi River. It drew 2.5 million people and
helped establish Omaha as a center of commerce and
Omaha photographer F.A. Rinehart was the exclusive
official photographer for the 1898 Exposition. He selected
sixty-four of his photographs of exposition views and subjects for
publication in a souvenir book of photogravures. The
Trans-Mississippi Exposition Historical Association has reprinted
the photogravure book, and a copy is included with the project.
Other project documentation includes an issue of the
Bluffs Newsletter with an article on the Trans-Miss
Exposition; reproductions of four photos from 1898; two postcards;
multiple copies of a newspaper insert from the
Herald on the 1998 centennial celebration; multiple copies of
a brochure from the 1998 centennial; and a video of
the Empire: Omaha's World Fair of 1898, produced by UNO
(University of Nebraska at Omaha) Television.
Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.
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