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The Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle’s first World’s Fair, was held on the University of Washington campus from June 1 to October 16, 1909. Over 3.7 million people toured elaborate exhibits on government, science, industry and the arts that showcased Washington’s explosive development since the Yukon Gold Rush and its trade connections to the Pacific Rim, including Alaska. In a design created by renowned landscape architect John Olmsted, the exhibits were housed in palatial Beaux Arts buildings surrounded by curving paths, water features and gardens oriented towards views of Mt. Rainier. Although most structures were temporary, many reminders of A-Y-P remain on campus today, most notably the “Rainier Vista” orientation of the campus core.

May 30 - Nov 29

Exhibit: AYP: Indigenous Voices Reply, Burke Museum


June 1 - October 31

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: When the World Came to Campus, Suzzallo Library, Exhibition Room 102 (west entrance). FREE. (Hours)

May 30 - Nov 29

Alaskan Women's Work at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Special Collections Lobby, Allen South Basement. FREE. (Hours)

June 1 - October 31

AYP Centennial Photography Project, featuring UW photography students. Architecture Hall, top floor. Open 9-5, M-F. FREE. (Map)

June 1 - October 31

Classic car event - Drumheller Fountain: In this 100th anniversary reenactment, 54 Model T Fords racing to Seattle from New York will cross the finish line at Drumheller Fountain at 11 a.m., where they will join modern electric cars. (Race schedule)

May 30 - Nov 29

Book release - Picturing the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: The Photographs of Frank H. Nowell, by Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator, UW Special Collections (University of Washington Press)

June 1 - October 31

Symposium - Asian and Pacific Participants at the AYPE: Fear and Friendship, (Burke Museum)


May 30 - Nov 29

University of Washington Club Centennial Open House: Sept. 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., featuring AYP “Hoo-Hoo Club” photo exhibit, Colleen Rohrbaugh Room (downstairs)Map)

June 1 - October 31

Scandinavian Studies Centennial Celebration and Tree Planting. More info.


ALSO

For a free A-Y-P self-guided walking tour brochure highlighting new A-Y-P signage, stop by the UW Visitors’ Center, Suzzallo Library, Allen Library or University Bookstore

For additional information about AYP, please visit ayp100.org or HistoryLink.org