ExpoMuseum was first created as a web site in 1998. Since then, the site has gone through several incarnations and now averages over 20,000 unique visitors each month.
2007 saw the addition of a blog. In 2009, we partnered with WorldsFairCommunity.org who hosts the discusion boards, a Twitter feed was added, and we started The World's Fair Podcast.
The ultimate dream is for ExpoMuseum to be a physical museum dedicated to the history of all world expositions in much the same spirit as the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ideal sites in North America include New York, San Francisco, and Seattle – cities that have each held more than one world's fair.
The site was created and is maintained by Urso Chappell, who has had a passion for world's fairs ever since his first world's fair at the age of 15. He's visited and reported on eight world's fairs to date. Urso's background, experience, and skills are further described at UrsoChappell.com.
since the first
worlds fair in London in 1851, the goals of
worlds fairs have been both high-minded as well
as commercial. They also allow people to explore the world
outside of their everyday experience outside cultures,
new scientific advancements, and new inventions. Our goal is to capture these and all the various aspects of world's fair history, architecture, and memorabilia.