Decorative Arts at The World's Fairs - Inventing the modern world, 1851-1939.

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Did you know lots of everyday items debuted or became popular at world’s fairs? Test your knowledge with a quiz on our Facebook page.

Every week, we will post a question to challenge your knowledge of all things world’s fairs. Winners will receive 2 free tickets to the exhibition.

We will post all the questions and answers on this page. Be sure to keep track so you can impress your friends with all your world’s fair trivia!

Question 1
Did you know...Kansas City was proposed as a location for a world’s fair? Tell us what decade that happened.

Answer: 1980s

Question 2
Did you know...world’s fairs introduced major technological innovations that are now integrated into our everyday lives? Which item was publicly demonstrated for the first time at The Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, New York, 1853?

Answer: Elevator

Question 3
Did you know...that Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton was commissioned to paint a mural cycle for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair? What Midwestern university is the current home of the murals?

Answer: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Question 4
Did you know...that before the Statue of Liberty was given to the people of the United States from France, parts of her debuted at two world's fairs? Which parts of Lady Liberty debuted in Philadelphia in 1876 and Paris in 1878?

Answer: Arm and Head

Question 5
Did you know...that designs exhibited at world's fairs are still recognized and popular today? Which fair gave its name to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's popular chair, still in production today?

Answer: The Exposición Internacional de Barcelona, 1929

Question 6
Did you know...that popular food and drink items today were introduced at some of the world's fairs? What popular juice drink was originally introduced as non-alcoholic sacramental wine at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893?

Answer: Welch's Grape Juice

Question 7
Did you know...that some statues in the Kansas City area were shown at world's fairs? What well known Kansas City sculpture was shown at the Louisiana Purchase exposition, St. Louis 1904? Please include location.

Answer: The bronze eagle at 67th Street and Ward Parkway

Question 8
Did you know...that modular construction methods and pre-fabricated materials were debuted at world's fairs in the 19th century? What was the first world's fair building to be made out of pre-fabricated building materials and modular components?

Answer: The Crystal Palace at The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, London, 1851

Question 9
Did you know...that some of our favorite leisure activities like movies were first shown at world's fairs? What fair showed the first talking films, what we know today as movies?

Answer: A. The Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, France

Question 10
Did you know...that works of art from the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893, may now be found in Kansas? What theatre in Kansas currently displays six oil paintings originally hung in the rotunda of the U.S. Government Building at the 1893 Fair?

Answer: A. The Columbian Theatre Museum and Art Center in Wamego, Kansas.

Question 11
Did you know...that some of our favorite summer foods were popularized at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904? Name two popular food or drink items that visitors could try at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904.

Possible answers: Ice Cream Cone, Iced tea, Hot Dog, Peanut butter, Cotton Candy, Dr. Pepper ®

Question 12
Did you know...that the Ford Motor Company assembly line had its own pavilion at a world's fair? At which fair did Ford produce 18 Model T cars a day?

Answer: A. The Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, 1915.