Celebrating the Centennial of the AYPE

More than 20,000 electric light bulbs outlined the major buildings at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The photograph required a lengthy time exposure. Nowell X2246
More than 20,000 electric light bulbs outlined the major buildings at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The photograph required a lengthy time exposure. Nowell X2246

Carla Rickerson gave a fantastic talk today in the Allen Auditorium on the UW campus as part of the Organization of American Historians conference. The well-organized, richly illustrated, and humorous presentation discussed all aspects of the AYPE from funding to fun, and from architecture to Igorrote Village.

One of the most fantastic aspects, visually, to me was the massive illumination of the five buildings in the Grand Court. That must have been an incredible sight to see at night. I would have been right there with the crowd, singing Auld Lang Syne, on the closing night as the lights were shut down.

Thankfully, one hundred years later, we have many AYPE celebrations to look forward to!

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Blynne is a second year Master's degree student in the Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington. Blynne holds an M.A. in Art History, also from UW, specializing in art of the exploration and discovery of the Pacific Northwest. Since June 2006, Blynne has worked in a graduate student position at UW Libraries, Special Collections.

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