International Expositions

Oregon has participated in international fairs and expositions since the late 1800s. Shown here are items related to the state's role in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 in St. Louis; the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905 in Portland, Oregon; the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915 in San Francisco; and the Golden Gate Exposition of 1939 in San Francisco.

1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Exhibits displayed products chosen to highlight the value and growing importance of Oregon's contributions to the nation's economy and culture. They often promoted industry by featuring products made from the state's forests, agricultural fields, fishing grounds, or mines. Photographic exhibits revealed Oregon's great scenic beauty to an American population increasingly interested in tourism.


Mining exhibit: Louisiana Purchase Exposition Records. Enlarge image >


Agricultural exhibit: Louisiana Purchase Exposition Records. Enlarge image >


1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition 1905

The strength and resourcefulness of Oregon's people figured prominently in the expositions. The state proudly submitted examples of the academic and artistic talent of its youth. In the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905 these included samples from all grade levels in subjects such as history, language, arithmetic, geography and creative writing. They featured sketches, maps, diagrams and other illustrations produced by students. A few schools submitted photographs of students using the most up-to-date academic or physical education drills.