2Book Topeka: 1893 World’s Fair Exhibit

The fall 2Book Topeka books The Devil in the White City and The Alienist are connected by a time period (1890s) and crime. Visit the 2Book Topeka art exhibit in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Oct 1 – Nov 12 to get a feel for big city life in the 1890s.

In 1892 New York was focused on cycling and Columbus. New Yorkers spent a full week celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Italian explorer’s washing ashore in the Caribbean. Columbus Week was an all-out party that featured a naval parade up the Hudson, fireworks at the Brooklyn Bridge, displays at various city parks, a Catholic school parade of thousands of kids and a music festival. During the cycling craze in 1892 New Yorkers petitioned for the Coney Island Cycle Path from Prospect Park in Brooklyn 5.5 miles to Coney Island. This became the best bike path in America and one of the first bike paths in the world.

In the early 1890s the World’s Fair was the talk of Chicago with the Ferris wheel, product reveals, a party atmosphere and unfortunately murder. Opening in May 1893, the Chicago World’s Fair was on a 600-acre fairground with 200 buildings exhibiting art, food, technological advances and entertainment for 26 million visitors. The fair was the social and cultural event of the year and had a lasting affect on architecture, the arts and American industrial optimism.

This exhibit focuses the excitement and wonder surrounding the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition and life in the 1890s. View newspapers, illustrations, photographs and ads of the time. Also see the impact the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair still has today.


Related Programs

2Book Topeka: The Devil in the White City
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 • 2-4 p.m.
Anton Room 202
During the first of three 2Book Topeka discussions we will share our insights on The Devil in the White City. On November 2 we will discuss The Alienist and on November 12 we’ll compare the two books.

2Book Topeka- Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer
Sunday, October 29, 2017 • 3-5 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium
Roy Wenzl is a freelance writer, photographer and author of Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door. The former Wichita Eagle reporter will discuss the the psychology of serial killers, specifically BTK.

2Book Topeka: The Alienist
Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 7-8:45 p.m.
Menninger Room 206
During the second of three 2Book Topeka discussions we will share our insights on The Alienist. On November 12 we will discuss both books.

2Book Topeka: Death in the Afternoon
Sunday, November 5, 2017 • 1-2 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
See Tanya Walsh and Valerie Reif’s multimedia presentation highlighting the historical people and events referenced in The Devil in the White City and The Alienist.

2Book Topeka Crime Scene Competition
Friday, November 10, 2017 • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Help us celebrate the 2Book Topeka community read of The Devil in the White City and The Alienist with a fun competition. Teams of 4 will test their sleuthing skills at the library’s crime scenes in a timed competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishing teams.

2Book Topeka: The Devil in the White City and The Alienist
Sunday, November 12, 2017 • 2-4 p.m.
Perkins Room 201
During this third 2Book Topeka discussions we will share our insights on The Devil in the White City and The Alienist.


Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.