May First — Eighteen Ninety-Three — Chicago

A DEFINING MOMENT
IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

On May 1ˢᵗ in 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago. More than 20 million people visited during the next five months. It became a defining moment in the history of the United States.

The Midway Plaisance, a mile-long avenue that blended education with amusement, featured musicians, dancers, swordsmen, and artisans from around the world, as well as the world’s first Ferris wheel.

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