Each year that the site has been in existence, five or six of Dorothy's poems have appeared on the summer poetry page. Initially poems were drawn from Dorothy's volume of travel poems and photography entitled "Journeys, Destinations, Routes." More recently, new poems have been written to accompany the summer theme for the site. This summer there will be five poems posted, one from the original book and four more written to accompany the summer theme.
Click here to go to the links for this summer's poems, or continue scrolling down the page.
The video link below is for the exhibition on the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition (World's Fair) currently taking place at the Field Museum in Chicago until September. The picture here, from the U.S. Library of Congress Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, is a bird's eye view of the fair with a monument and canal in the foreground.
OPENING THE VAULTS: WONDERS OF THE 1893 WORLD'S FAIR
One of the structures remaining in Chicago from the 1893 Columbian Exposition (World's Fair) is the Field Museum. The Museum has a special exhibit on view through September of much of what remains in their vaults from the fair. The video below shows more about the exhibit; visit the site at www.worldsfair.fieldmuseum.org. The first ferris wheel was introduced at the event, as well as origin of the term "Midway." Midway Park in Chicago served as the area for amusements, and after that the term "Midway" came to be used widely at fairs throughout the country for the same purpose. Walt Disney's father also worked at the Chicago Columbian Exposition.
The titles of this year's poems are "posted" on the notes below. Click on any title to go to that poem. "Taxi and Rickshaw" is from the original "Journeys, Destinations, Routes" book of travel-related poetry, and the other four are being written this year to accompany the theme "The Art of Progress."
The image above is "Grand Birds-Eye View of the Grounds and Buildings of the Great Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Illinois, 1892-3," courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
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