HALO’s 11th Annual ArtReach Auction – World’s Fair

The HALO Foundation’s 11th Annual ArtReach Auction is fast-approaching. With fewer than two months until the big day, there’s no time to waste – grab your ticket today. HALO volunteers and staff are hard at work to ensure this next World’s Fair – HALO edition – is one to remember.

Do you have your ticket and need to brush up on the history on the World’s Fairs? Read on for a brief history lesson that by no means includes every invention or breakthrough, but will definitely get you started.


What is a World’s Fair?

A World’s Fair is large exhibition, which can vary in nature and can take place all over the world. World’s Fairs have taken place for nearly two centuries and began as a way to display new technologies and advancements, creating the industrialization era. The Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), an organization created to supervise international exhibitions, approves three types: universal, international and specialized.


World’s Fairs historical roundup

1851: The Great Exhibition or The Crystal Palace, London, England

  • The first World’s Fair


1876: Centennial Exposition Philadelphia, Pa.

  • The first U.S. World’s Fair

1889: Exposition Universelle, Paris, France.

  • Eiffel Tower constructed for the purpose of 1889 World’s Fair1889ExpositionUniverselle

1893: World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.

  • Known for its amusements, including the first Ferris wheel.

1893, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- Ferris Wheel and general overhead view of part of Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

1915: Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, Calif.

  • Post-1906 earthquake, San Francisco celebrates the completion of the Panama Canal.

1939: New York World’s Fair, New York City, N.Y.

  • Origin of the notable World’s Fair slogan, “The world of tomorrow.”


1962: Century 21 Exposition, Seattle, Wash.

  • Space Needle construction, among other notable works.


World’s Fair: HALO style

What does HALO have to do with the history of the World’s Fair, you ask?


As HALO embarks on 2016, in its 11th year, it has overcome tremendous obstacles and has grown domestically as well as internationally. HALO currently supports more than 1,000 youth each year in 21 orphanages and programs in Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, India, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States, providing food, water, shelter, clothing, education, art therapy, caretakers, and vocational training or college and more. HALO currently has Centers in Kansas City, Mo., and Jefferson City, Mo., and programming in Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles and New York City. Most recently, HALO began a housing program for homeless youth in Jefferson City.

Despite this, HALO isn’t even close to finished. HALO’s dreams continue to grow with each coming year – and this year is a big one. The HALO World’s Fair represents a movement in which we celebrate HALO’s past achievement, but more so, look forward to what advancements are to come for HALO in the coming years, in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Purchase your ticket today to experience the beginning of HALO’s next step at the HALO’s 11th Annual ArtReach Auction.

HALO is Just Getting Started.