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The International Exposition on the Environment, Spokane 1974 (commonly known as Expo ’74), was the first environmentally themed World’s Fair and was held in Riverfront Park from May to November of 1974.
Some structures built for Expo ’74 are still standing and familiar to Spokane residents today. The Washington State Pavilion is now the Spokane Convention Center. The Looff Carrousel (originally restored for the 1974 World’s Fair) and the butterfly sculpture are both in Riverfront Park.
We invite you to share your memories, photos, and memorabilia from Expo ’74 to be showcased in our libraries during the month of July. There are two ways to share your Expo items and stories with us.
ALL LIBRARIES & ONLINE
Submissions accepted: Apr 1–May 10
Drop your memorabilia at one of our library locations during regular open hours, along with what the item is and its story and your name and contact information (to facilitate the return of your item(s)).
Memorabilia may include purchases from Expo, Expo signage, clothing, photos or slides, or printed programs, as some examples.
Depending on space constraints, items may be displayed at a different library from the one they were dropped off at. However, our staff will make every effort to keep items in their community.
Submit your photo or memory online, on this web page once the submission window opens. Please note that our staff will make every effort to place your photo or memory in your community, but may need to move items to other locations depending on space.
NOTE: By submitting an item or items, both in person and online, for the Celebration the 50th Anniversary of Expo ’74 display, you are giving your permission for Spokane County Library District to photograph, video record, publish, and/or share likenesses of your personal property in District publications, both in print and on online platforms.