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Originally published Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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A-Y-P anniversary: 100 years ago, Seattle celebrated its first world's fair

A roundup of summer events marking the 100th anniversary of Seattle's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

In 1909, Seattle met the world, as the city hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. It was our first world's fair.

Special exhibits and events throughout the summer commemorate the event's 100th anniversary:

A-Y-P at Northwest Folklife Festival

May 22-25 Festival kickoff event with Chinese lion dancers and Nordic musicians in a 21st-century version of the original A-Y-P opening ceremonies, 3 p.m. May 23, Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre; demonstrations and presentations on the A-Y-P at The Seattle Times Narrative Stage on Fisher Terrace throughout the festival, Seattle Center, Seattle ( Discovering A-Y-P-E

Community Research Project

May 30-June 6 How to research topics related to A-Y-P and share information with the community; free, preregister (206-324-1126, ext. 30 or;

• 10 a.m.-noon May 30, Greenwood Branch Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle;

• 1-3 p.m. May 30, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle;

• 10 a.m.-noon June 6, Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle;

• 1-3 p.m. June 6, Green Lake Branch Library, 7364 E. Greenlake Way N., Seattle;

• 1-3 p.m. June 27, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle;

Indigenous Voices Reply


May 30-Nov. 29 Display of objects that were exhibited at the fair and works of contemporary indigenous peoples to examine the representation of indigenous people at the A-Y-P and provide a forum for indigenous voices of today to respond, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. on first Thursdays of each month, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $6-$9.50, free on first Thursdays (206-543-5590 or

Olmsted Legacy of the A-Y-P

June 1-Sept. 26 Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks host walking tours to explore the Olmsted legacy of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and the evolution of the UW campus, including Olmsted Brothers layout and landscape features, 10 a.m.-noon May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; free, donations requested, preregister (425-885-3173).

Klondike Gold Rush Park exhibit

June 1-Aug. 31 Items and images from the A-Y-P-E, originally planned to celebrate growth and development as a result of the 1897 Yukon Gold Rush and expanded to display resources of our region and ties to the Pacific Rim, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, June 1-Aug. 31, Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition exhibits, UW Libraries

June 1-Oct. 31 Photo exhibits, "The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: When the World Came to Campus," Suzzallo Library Exhibit Room; "Capturing the AYPE: Frank Nowell, Exposition Photographer," Allen Library Balcony, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday through June 12 and Sept. 30-Oct. 31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 13-21 and Aug. 22-29; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 27-Aug. 21; University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-1929 or

"Come Back to The Fair" tour

June 4-Oct. 1 Explore the current UW campus and the surroundings of the fair, presented by Seattle Architecture Foundation and the Museum of History & Industry, 6 p.m. June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1, from Architecture Hall, University of Washington, 3943 Stevens Way, Seattle; $10/advance registration, $15/day of tour if space available (206-667-9184 or

Stepping Back In Time

June 6-7 How the AYPE shaped the future of the Broadview community, garden tours and exhibits, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6-7, Dunn Gardens, 13533 Northshire Road N.W., Seattle (206-362-0933 or

Nordics and Seattle's

first World's Fair

June 12-Sept. 6 Exhibit highlighting the Nordic and Nordic-American people that helped shape the fair, with fair artifacts, souvenirs and photos and a 12-minute film of Norway Day parade celebrating Norway Day at the fair, the only known film footage of the exposition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-789-5707 or

Shoreline recalls

coast-to-coast race of 1909

June 20 One-day exhibit of midget racers and other cars by Golden Wheels Racing Pathfinders, commemorating the A-Y-P centennial, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20, Shoreline Historical Museum, 749 N. 175th St., Shoreline (206-542-7111 or

A-Y-P Centennial Symposium

June 20-21 Lectures, panel discussion, campus walking tour by Historic Seattle in partnership with MOHAI, Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Park and Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, 1-4:30 p.m. June 21, Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; all events, $70/general, $60/Historic Seattle and MOHAI members, $30/students; June 20 only, includes tour, lectures, MOHAI exhibits, breakfast and lunch, $35/$25/$20; individual lecture and museum admission, available day of purchase only, $20/general, $10/students (206-622-5444 or

Vintage Auto Race

July 12 Re-enacting the coast-to-coast race of 1909, the national Model T Club drives more than 50 vintage vehicles from New York City to Seattle, expected to arrive starting at approximately 10 a.m. July 12 at Drumheller Fountain, University of Washington, Seattle (

Asian-Pacific Perspectives at AYPE

Sept. 12-13 Stories of the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Hawaiian participants in the 1909 exposition; "Self and Projected Images of Asian and Pacific Immigrants in the Age of AYPE: 1905-1910," Sept. 12 at National Archives and Records Administration, Seattle; "Asian and Pacific Participants at the Fair: Fear and Friendship," including tour of fair sites on the UW campus Sept. 13, Burke Museum, Seattle; $7/day or $10/2 days (

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