Mark your Calendars for March 4, 2015: “People of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition”

by Laurie Thompson

Night View of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915. Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.

We invite you to join us for a very special presentation on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 when Laura Ackley, author of San Francisco’s Jewel City, presents her audio-visual program on the “People of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.” This special event, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the PPIE, will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 330, at the Marin Civic Center Administration Building, 3501 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael.

Ackley will bring San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair to life as she tells us about the celebrities, inventors, politicians, performers, aviators and daredevils who made this fair memorable.

Aerial Rescue Demonstration at the PPIE. Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.
1911 PPIE Ground Breaking souvenir cover. Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.

Like an image frozen by a tourist’s camera, the PPIE represents a quintessential moment in cultural history….. If [an amateur photographer] were lucky, his lens might capture the likes of Helen Keller, Buffalo Bill Cody, or Luther Burbank. It might catch an impassioned political orator he admired, a stage idol of his youth or one of the new movie stars….” (Ackley, Laura, San Francisco’s Jewel City…., Heyday, 2014).

Theater housing “Captain, the Educated Horse” at the PPIE. Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.

Following the presentation, Ackley will autograph copies of her book, San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The book will be on sale for $43.70, including tax.

Originally published at https://annetkent.kontribune.com.

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