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Loutit District Library to host program on 1893 Chicago World’s Fair
Loutit District Library to host program on 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. --Michigan’s contribution to the world at the time of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair were considerable. Natural resources and agriculture played a prominent role, as well as the manufacture of stoves.

Tom Buettner will present a free slide program ‘Why 27,000,000 People Attended the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair’ on Thursday, March 22 in the Loutit District Library’s Program Room A from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The program will include the contributions Michigan made to the Fair, including the Fair’s President of the National Commission, Thomas Palmer.

The Fair, despite its display of the latest scientific and engineering breakthroughs, took place at the time when powered flight and the automobile had yet to be invented.

Michigan was the largest producer of copper, earning it a special central place in the Mines Building.

Being a major player in lumbering, its displays at the Forestry Building were notable.

As the stove manufacturer, it exhibited a mammoth stove in the Manufacturing and Liberal Arts Building.

Agriculture exhibits included apples, plus diversified crops from throughout the state.

Michigan was a also a forerunner in the developments in sanitarium building and dress.

Other contributions include being a leader in the development of the teaching of the deaf by the University of Michigan. 

In livestock, it was noted for its finest horses and sheep.

Michigan was a major contributor to the World’s Fair and as such, it earned a prominent place for its sizeable state house in the state house section of the Fair. The statehouse was furnished with, of course, furnishings and tile produced by Michigan’s leading manufacturers. Twenty thousand Michiganders attended its opening.

These are just some of the many reasons that 27,000,000 people attended the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Buettner, a resident of Caledonia, Michigan, is noted in West Michigan for presenting programs addressing a multitude of topics – each one well-researched - each one presented in a refreshing manor.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,540 residents from the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public Schools District. For more information, call 616-842-5560, ext. 222 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.