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World's Fair Memories

In a first-time collaboration with Queens Memory, staff at the Queens Museum are conducting interviews with their visitors about attending the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. Some highlights from those interviews are featured here along with selections from the Archives at Queens Library.

The following is a description from the Queens Museum, describing the World's Fair collections currently on display (from: http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/11/15/worlds-fair-visible-storage/)

The Queens Museum will always be inextricably linked to the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, and with a collection of more than 10,000 objects pertaining to the two expositions, the Museum is a key resource to both scholars and fans. In an effort to provide visitors with a greater understanding of the scope of the Museum’s enormous holdings of 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair artifacts and memorabilia, the newly installed World’s Fair Visible Storage and Gallery on the second floor displays more than 900 three-dimensional pieces arranged by the date of each World’s Fair, and within these categories, arranged by donor. The dense installation provides an opportunity to study a large number of related works of World’s Fair objects up close, and to compare and contrast a wide range of items from 1939 and 1964. The Visible Storage provides unprecedented access to students, scholars, and the general public to explore the collection that was formerly hidden in the Museum’s art vault, off-limits to the public. Many of these objects have never been displayed in the history of the Queens Museum.

To HEAR AUDIO clips, click any of the images below and scroll through the materials gathered for this special exhibit.

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