The Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) was the last world’s fair hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area and a celebration of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. The Mechanics’ Institute is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the GGIE by hosting a series of lectures about the fair on Thursday, April 4th and a party that evening in the library.
In advance of these events, we are showcasing MI’s special collection of texts, maps, brochures, newsletters and ephemera from the GGIE in our 2nd floor archival display case. In addition, we have included interesting information about Treasure Island which was built specifically for the GGIE and was intended to be used, after the fair, for the site of the planned airport for the City and County of San Francisco (or SFO).
We are pleased to share these memories about the Golden Gate International Exposition and Treasure Island with you during this 80th anniversary year.
Drop by the 2nd floor and view the items in the archival display case to learn more about an important time in San Francisco history.