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Illinois State Commission to the Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition - RG 535 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Illinois State Commission to the Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition - RG 535
Variant Name: Illinois State Commission to the Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition and Oriental Fair (Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition)


Historical Note: The Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition and Oriental Fair was held in Portland, Oregon from June to October 1905 to commemorate the centennial of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s exploration of the Oregon country and to encourage economic development in the Pacific Northwest. The Illinois State Commission was created by the General Assembly on March 17, 1905 in order to promote the state’s economic, educational, industrial, and material interests at the exposition. It consisted of seven members appointed by the Governor. The commission’s responsibilities included overseeing the construction and management of the Illinois Building at the exposition and to sell or dispose of it at the fair’s conclusion (L. 1905, pp. 23-24). The state’s exposition building was a replica of the Lincoln Home. A later Senate joint resolution authorized the Illinois State Historical Library to loan artifacts, photographs, documents, and other historical material to the commission for use in the Illinois Building (L. 1905, pp. 403-404). The commission passed from existence by April 1906 upon the deposit of exhibition proceeds with the State Treasurer’s office (L. 1905, p. 24).





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