Before the P.P.I.E.: the Mechanics’ Institute and the development of San Francisco’s Fair Culture (1857-1899)

2015 was an incredible year for me and for the San Francisco Bay Area! The Mechanics’ Institute and myself participated in the Centennial Celebrations for the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915. I developed this talk as one of the events hosted by Mechanics’ Institute and it was so well received that I was invited to give it also to the Bancroft Library as a Roundtable Discussion, and for the Corral of Westerners. As always, my dear filmmaker is Mike Duckworth of Mike D Video. The following is the transcript or you can watch the videos! The Mechanics’ Institute hosted 31 exhibitions between the years of 1857 and 1899. These fairs were hugely important to the development of industry in California and supported local ingenuity. Each fair has its own...