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The Vanishing City: Excavating the World's Fair

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Lasting for only six months before its structures “vanished,” the 1893 World’s Fair’s permanent impact on American consumer culture, city planning, questions around citizenry and foreignness was deeply tied to and reinforced by its ephemerality.

Rebecca Graff will speak about her archeological and archival research focused on the ephemeral “White City” and Midway Plaisance of the 1893 Chicago Fair.

Rebecca S. Graff is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Urban Studies, and Chair of American Studies at Lake Forest College. She is the author of the forthcoming, The Vanishing City and the Enduring Home: Approaching Modernity at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the Charnley House.

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