Thursday, January 10, 2013

Q is for... Quirky

I have always thought my family was a bit Quirky.  If I'd had any doubts, they were settled during today's history lesson.  We learned about the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago during 1893.  The Exposition featured many beautiful buildings constructed by the city of Chicago and by the American states and territories as well as by twenty-three foreign countries.  These buildings housed exhibits showcasing art, culture, music, history, science and industry, horticulture, fashion, and more. Visitors could see art masterpieces from America and Europe; the handwritten manuscript of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre; Japanese gardens; thousands of varieties of flowers and plants; and a demonstration home with all the modern conveniences of electricity available at the time.  On the midway, fair-goers could enjoy a ride in a hot air balloon or on a new invention by George Washington Ferris that came to be known as the Ferris Wheel.  The midway also featured a funhouse, a glass factory, models of the Eiffel Tower and St Peter's Basilica, and performances by German military bands.  Each night the park was lit by electricity, which was a wonder in itself, and there were fireworks over Lake Michigan.

But in answer to the Question in our workbooks: "If you had visited the Exposition, which exhibits would you have most wanted to see?" my kids answered this way...

-the US map made of pickles

-the 22,000 pound cheese from Canada
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-the ostrich farm in the midway

-the necklace that had belonged to Pocahontas

Pickles and cheese.  Quirky.  I don't know what else to say about that.  Except that I find it odd that no one took a picture of pickle map.  I can't find one on the internet anyway.

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