It Happened Here: Expo '74 Fifty Years After

May 4, 2024-January 26, 2025

In 1974, Spokane hosted a world’s fair - the smallest city ever to do so. During its six-month run, the fair presented exhibits from ten countries, featured a star-studded event calendar, sponsored three environmental symposiums, and attracted nearly 5.6 million visitors. Fifty years later, Expo ’74 remains one of the single most transformative events in Spokane’s history, radically reshaping its natural and built environment. Expo ’74 ushered in a new era for the city - one centered on urban renewal, commercial growth, and political progress.

This 50th anniversary exhibition revisits the historical roots of Expo ‘74’s environmental theme and the community spirit it kindled and features familiar, nostalgic, and lesser-known stories from the MAC’s archives. Highlights include a bejeweled denim costume that Liberace wore for one of his Expo ’74 performances, Sister Paula Turnbull’s model for Spokane’s now-famous Garbage Goat, and an original Sky Ride gondola.

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