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Saratoga Historical Foundation Talk

Historian Laura Ackley will give a special presentation in Saratoga CA on April 18, 2015 at 2 PM on the Pan-Pacific International Exposition.

Hosted by the Saratoga Historical Foundation, the talk will cover, “New Technology at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition”. The lecture will be held at the Saratoga Federated Church, Richardson Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga CA.

Cost to attend the lecture for everyone is $5.00. Afterwards people can walk across the street to the Saratoga History Museum and see the exhibit on the PPIE and have light refreshments.

Ackley’s book, San Franciso’s Jewel City will also be on sale and Ackley will autograph copies.

One of the main purposes of World’s Fairs always has been to introduce the “latest and greatest” to the public. At the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, no exhibit could be considered for an award of merit unless it was based on a product or process new since the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

Ackley will discuss a variety of the new technologies displayed at the fair. Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, these exhibits may elicit warm nostalgia, amazement, laughter and even a wince or two. “Sample” wonders from many areas of the fair, including the Palace of Food Products, the Palace of Liberal Arts, The Palace of Horticulture, and the Joy Zone. “Ride” on the Strauss Aeroscope, visit the Panama Canal in miniature and walk through a model mine before learning the Secrets of Mental Telepathy.

Architectural Historian Laura A. Ackley holds graduate degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.