‘The 1964-65 NY World’s Fair and the Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow’ Webinar
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If a “world’s fair” doesn’t ring a bell, think of it as the Olympics of innovation before air travel was commonplace — a chance to show-off incredible, cutting-edge art and technology. And in the 1960s, one of the most legendary expositions of them all took place right here in New York City. This is the story of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, an uplifting showcase of mid-20th-century American culture and technology, and bastion of the Space Age.
Join New York Adventure Club as we travel back in time to explore the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair — held at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the borough of Queens, this global exposition covering 646 acres featured over 140 pavilions with 110 restaurants; exhibitors from 80 nations, 24 states, and over 45 corporations; and introduced the world to technologies of the future including color TV, picturephones, and even the Ford Mustang.
Led by licensed NYC guide Lloyd Trufelman, our virtual exploration of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair in all of its retro glory; and past, present, and future of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; will include:
- The origins of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, and why it was built on the ground plan of the previous iconic 1939 New York World’s Fair
- Notable exhibits and pavilions from the fair, including General Motor’s “Futurama” moving chair ride through the future, Walt Disney’s debut of Audio-Animatronics, and a bomb shelter modeled as an underground home
- The fair’s most controversial issues, including civil rights, the Vietnam War, and the art of Andy Warhol
- Why the fair capped the career of Robert Moses, New York’s legendary power broker, along with his grand plans for Flushing Meadows Park
- Remnants from the fair that still exist today, including the NYC Pavilion/Queens Museum, Unisphere, NY State Pavilion, Hall of Science, and others
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lloyd — any and all questions about the 1964-65 World’s Fair are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.Buy tickets/get more info now