The Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition attracted two million people to Omaha in 1898, exactly 120 years ago. Its success depended on hundreds of women who were involved as organizers, employees, performers, reporters, and attendees.
What if those women were Instagramming today? This exhibition playfully uses a "Retrogram" format to contextualize original images by Frank A. Rinehart, official photographer of the Exposition, employing both historical and contemporary voices to examine the female experience of the fair. Also featured are a variety of artifacts that women took away from the fair as visitors, organizers, or employees, including amateur photographs, postcards, souvenirs, and other Exposition memorabilia from the archives of Omaha Public Library and the collection of John Krecek.
Please join us to meet Wendy Katz, the editor of "The Trans-Mississippi and International Expositions of 1898–1899: Art, Anthropology, and Popular Culture at the Fin de Siècle," who will be joined by Emily Godbey, Jillian Roger and Timothy Schaffert in a discussion about the ways that women participated in and were represented at Omaha's World Fair in 1898.