Term: World's Columbian Exposition
Definition: An 1893 world's fair in Chicago, held to commemorate Columbus's first expedition. With a mission to "celebrate American progress through time and space since 1492," the fair was built at the cost of $35 million, and attracted nearly 28 million visitors in six months. Exhibitors showed American success in the following categories: Manufactures and Liberal Arts, Machinery, Agriculture, Mining, Electricity, Transportation, Horticulture, Fisheries, Fine Arts, and "Woman's" industries.
[Source: The History of Wisconsin, v. 4: The Progressive Era, 1893-1914 (Madison, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1973-1998)]]