By Rose Marie Cleese,
I’m a third-generation San Franciscan with more than one Gold Rush ancestor on my family tree. I grew up on Union Street near Scott in Cow Hollow and our view out the back was the Marina district anchored by the Palace of Fine Arts. My mother, Rosamond Rossi (Cleese), grew up in that very same house and, in 1915 when she was 6 years old, she would walk down Scott Street every day with her maternal grandmother to spend hours in “the Zone” at the PPIE. ... Read More >
The California Historical Society is proud to announce a new project with Historypin: MAPPING SAN FRANCISCO’S 1915 WORLD’S FAIR. The innovative Historypin platform enables a global community of people, groups and institutions to gather and share the history of the places that matter to them, using collections of photographs, documents, sounds and moving images to start conversations and trigger memories. ... Read More >
In this episode of Subframe, Kip Reinsmith explores genders roles at the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and specifically the shifting role of women around the time of the fair in 1915. Sarah J. Moore, author of Empire on Display: San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, walks us through some iconic and gendered imagery of the fair. She also delves into how technology was shaping perceptions of gender. ... Read More >
On this day in 1915, former United States Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan gave a pro-peace speech at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The event was attended by more than 120,000 people. The fair, described Bryan’s speech: “He had resigned from President Wilson’s cabinet a little while before, and occupied the position of a sort of itinerant political clergyman, preaching peace in the midst of war and war’s alarms, bravely holding aloft the ensign of human brotherhood when close to fifteen million men in Europe were trying to starve, blast, bayonet, and gas one another to death…” (Ackley, 2014) ... Read More >
By James W. Haas
San Francisco is celebrating the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) but there are other dimensions to the amazing year of 1915 which are worth considering. In particular, the Exposition had a profound effect on the politics, built environment and architectural style of San Francisco. ... Read More >
By Seana Miracle
My great grand uncle was Samuel T. Privett, or “Booger Red,” (1864-1924) the greatest bronc buster who ever lived. He broke over 40,000 horses in his lifelong career, sometimes over sixty a day, and yet was never once thrown from a horse. ... Read More >
Tonight the California Historical Society hosts a panel discussion on the history of labor in San Francisco, including during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. ... Read More >
By Eva Ulz, curator of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. Ulz is co-curator of a new exhibition, Phoebe Apperson Hearst: California’s Grande Dame, on display at the History Center’s museum through October 2015.
Phoebe Apperson Hearst, honorary president of the Woman’s Board, exerted a quiet yet pervasive influence on the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Widow of Senator George Hearst and mother of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Phoebe was one of the wealthiest women in America, an internationally renowned philanthropist, and honored by her fellow Woman’s Board members as “the most distinguished woman of California and second to none in the country.”1 Her work for the exposition encompassed everything from entertaining visiting dignitaries at her hacienda in Pleasanton to decorating the California Building and organizing—and substantially funding—the Traveler’s Aid Society. ... Read More >
In this clip from the Story of the Jewel City you will see food displays, folk dancing, and safety and rescue demonstrations by the Coast Guard. ... Read More >
KALW 91.7FM recently talked about the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition (PPIE) and its impact on the city when it opened.
Listen to and read their in-depth report on the PPIE here:
kalw.org/post/world-s-fair-changed-san-francisco ... Read More >