Expo ’74: Then and Now

An exhibit and speakers event at the EWU JFK Library, April 2024

Expo at Eastern: World’s Fair Collections from the EWU Archives | Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 26 | JFK Secrist Gallery

Visit an exhibit in the JFK Secrist Gallery to see how a World’s Fair in Spokane spurred the use of an Eastern dorm to house visitors, featured a Folklife Festival next to the Flour Mill, and completely changed the face of downtown Spokane.

Speaker Panel | Tuesday, April 23 | 12 pm – 1 pm | JFK Lobby 

Join Eastern Washington University faculty as they present the legacy of Expo ‘74 from multidisciplinary perspectives.

  • J. William T. “Bill” Youngs, PhD, Professor of History. Dr. Youngs is the author of the seminal work The Fair and the Falls: Spokane’s Expo ‘74.
  • Margo Hill, MURP, JD, Program Director, American Indian Studies, and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Professor Hill, who attended the event as a child, will share her reflections of tribal history and participation in Expo ‘74
  • Erin D. Dascher, PhD, Associate Professor of Geosciences. Dr. Dascher will reflect on the changes Expo ‘74 brought to the Spokane River, and explore the diverse ecosystem and current conservation efforts.

A reception will follow. Special thanks to event donor Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters for event coffee!

Eastern Remembers Expo | Ongoing

The EWU Libraries is collecting memories and photographs about Expo from alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Share your photographs or recollections of the Spokane World’s Fair to document how Expo impacted Eastern and how Eastern contributed to Expo. Contact Archivist Steven Bingo (sbingo@ewu.edu) for more information. 

Share Your Expo ’74 Memories

Persons needing accommodations may call 509.359.6201 three days prior to the event date, or anticipated gallery attendance. Campus maps, parking information, and other visitor information can be found online: https://www.ewu.edu/apply/visit-ewu/maps/


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