Â 07/13/12 Resident and guests of Millerâ€™s Senior Living Community listened intently as Jennifer Harness of Plymouth shared her power point presentation title â€śRemnants of the White Cityâ€ť.Â Harness is a first grade teacher at Argos Community Schools.Â In 2010 she applied for and received a Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant from The Lilly Endowment.Â The grant was used to study the 1893 Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair.
During the summer of 2010 Harness and her mother who acted as her co-pilot traveled to Chicago, Wisconsin, and Maine tracking down where some of the buildings from the fair ended up.Â Harness points out that none of the building were meant to be permanent structures except for the Palace of Fine Arts which is now known as the Museum of Science and Industry.
Throughout her presentation Harness shared so many interesting tidbits of information.Â For example Chicagoâ€™s nickname of â€śthe windy cityâ€ť does no have anything to do with the wind coming off the lake.Â It comes from the â€świndyâ€ť politicians who talked and talked until their city of Chicago was chosen to host the Worldâ€™s Fair.Â Chicago also became known as the â€śwhite cityâ€ť because of the white spray paint they produced and used to paint the buildings.Â Harness then asked if anyone in the audience knew when Pabst Beer received its blue ribbon.Â The correct answer would be at the 1893 Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair.
Also known as the Worldâ€™s Columbian Exposition, the fair presented many new products to the public that we take for granted today.Â Making their debut were Cracker Jacks, Quaker Oats, the zipper, brownies, commemorative coins, stamps, and picture postcards, Juicy Fruit Gum, Shredded Wheat and many more products.
At the conclusion of her program the audience members took time to browse through the original Worldâ€™s Fair souvenirs Harness has collected through her travels and surfing the internet.Â She also showed her many photographs from her travels while researching the 1893 Worldâ€™s Columbian Exposition.Â To contact Harness about her presentation you may call 574-936-7357.Â To contact Millerâ€™s about upcoming events call you may call 574-936-9801 and ask for Anna Corbett or Cindy Flagg.
Photo:Â Jennifer Harness and Nancy Bannon next to part of Harnessâ€™s 1893 Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair display.