Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition
|Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition|
Chromolithograph of bird's-eye view of the expo grounds
|Name||Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition|
|Building||More than 100 buildings|
|Venue||now Centennial Park|
|Opening||May 1, 1897|
|Closure||October 31, 1897|
The Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition was an exposition held in Nashville from May 1 – October 31, 1897 in what is now Centennial Park. A year late, it celebrated the 100th anniversary of Tennessee's entry into the union in 1796. President William McKinley officially opened the event from the White House, where he pressed a button that started the machinery building at the fair; he would visit in person a month later.
The site covered about 200 acres, and a characteristic feature of the landscape plan was the sward planted with the famous blue grass of the region. The buildings, of which there were over a hundred, included those devoted to agriculture, commerce, education, fine arts, history, machinery, minerals and forestry, and transportation, as well as those in which the special exhibits pertaining to children, negroes, the United States Government, and women were shown. The total attendance was 1,786,714, of which the total paid attendance was 1,166,692. The total receipts were $1,101,285, and the disbursements $1,101,246.
- Tennessee Virtual Archive -- Tennessee Centennial Exposition—Collection of photographs and sheet music as well as aspects of the history of the exhibition
- The Parthenon
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- Cardon, Nathan. A Dream of the Future: Race, Empire, and Modernity at the Atlanta and Nashville World's Fairs (Oxford University Press, 2018).
- Justi, Official History of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition (Nashville, 1898).