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The Filipina Body as Imperial Continuity

By Heidi Kutcha The Philippine Exposition’s Departments of Exploitation and Publicity used the distribution of photographs and promotional leaflets to generate revenue before, during, and after the 1904 World’s Fair.1 These materials included…

The Design of the Fair: Encouraging the Progress of Civilization

The Design of the Fair: Encouraging the Progress of Civilization By Emily Wittman The physical design of the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904 conveys the themes of progress toward civilization, imperialism, and racial hierarchy. The Commission of…

The Collection and the Colonial Narrative

Taylor Finch The Collection and Colonial Narrative             At the close of the 1905 St. Louis World’s Fair, University of Iowa representatives traveled to St. Louis and purchased 600 items from the Philippine Exhibition.[1] These 600…

The Changing Field of Anthropology at the Time of the St. Louis Exposition

By Madison Adams  A paradigm shift in anthropology occurred during the turn of the last century, which reflected a change in the way anthropologists thought about race. Here I discuss, William McGee head of the Department of Anthropology and…

Street Flooding in Iowa City

As the Iowa River seeped over its banks, water crept onto residential streets, blocking traffic. Eventually, only one bridge remained to connect the east and west sides of Iowa City, leaving many residents stranded on one side or the other. For days,…

Steve McGuire Sand Bags

University of Iowa professors Steve McGuire and Jerry Anthony stand before the sandbag line erected to protect Mosquito Flats neighborhood. Flood waters ultimately breached the line. Photo Courtesy: PVT Blog.