Nashville Parthenon

Nashville Parthenon The Nashville Parthenon houses an American art collection, temporary exhibitions, and is a full-size replica of the famous ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece built in the 5th century BCE. Adults: $6.00 Children: $4.00
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The Parthenon is a 1:1 scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Inside stands the nearly 42 ft gilded sculpture of Athena Parthenos. Created by local Nashville artist Alan LeQuire, the statue recreates a lost ancient statue that stood inside the temple starting in the 5th BCE. Also on view are casts of the Parthenon marbles and maquettes of the exterior East and West pediment sculptures. The lower level houses a permanent display of 18th-20th century American paintings, the Cowan Collection, and two temporary exhibition galleries. In addition, there are archival images and historical exhibits sharing the history of the Nashville Parthenon, the centerpiece of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition held in Centennial Park.

Mission: Since the 1930's, the Parthenon has continued to host changing art exhibits in its galleries and to educate both Nashvillians and visitors about the legacy of the ancient Greeks and their impact on American civilization. The Parthenon is owned and operated by Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, a Department of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Our mission is to educate the public concerning the Parthenon and the civilizations which built it, both in Athens in the 5th century BCE and in Nashville, Tennessee from 1897 to the present; to exhibit, collect and care for objects and information related to the 5th century BCE Athens, the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and the rebuilding of the Nashville Parthenon; and to exhibit, collect and care for visual art and to educate the public concerning it's various forms.

02/01/2020

Are you looking for work at an iconic, fast-paced cultural institution? We are hiring part-time positions (19 hrs/week or 30 hrs/week), great for folks with retail or customer service experience. Please email your resume to [email protected] today!

Gender in Ancient Greece and Today discussion next week! Four expert panelists will take us from ancient Greek to modern...
02/01/2020

Gender in Ancient Greece and Today discussion next week! Four expert panelists will take us from ancient Greek to modern Tennessee history.
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#herstory #parthenon #nashvilleparthenon #floodlines #gender #women #womansuffrage #vote #athensofthesouth

Visiting us this weekend? Find your way around the Centennial Park construction with this helpful map made by Centennial...
01/31/2020

Visiting us this weekend? Find your way around the Centennial Park construction with this helpful map made by Centennial Park Conservancy:

#nashville #nashvilletn #nashvilleparthenon #athensofthesouth #centennialpark

Symposium about the one and only TROY tonight with archaeologist C. Brian Rose. Free and open to the public! @aia_nashvi...
01/30/2020

Symposium about the one and only TROY tonight with archaeologist C. Brian Rose. Free and open to the public! @aia_nashville
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#free #nashvilleparthenon #parthenonsymposium #archaeology #nashville #nashvilletn #athensofthesouth

Jan 30. is our next #free Parthenon Symposium: Excavations at Troy 1988-2010. That's right, TROY. Come hear about recent...
01/29/2020

Jan 30. is our next #free Parthenon Symposium: Excavations at Troy 1988-2010. That's right, TROY. Come hear about recent #excavations of the legendary ancient city.
#nashville #nashvilletn #nashvilleparthenon #athensofthesouth #symposium #parthenonsymposium #troy #archaeology #ancientarchaeology #excavation

✨FREE✨ exhibition reception on Thursday! RSVP at conservancyonline.com#floodlines #athensofthesouth #parthenon #nashvill...
01/18/2020

✨FREE✨ exhibition reception on Thursday! RSVP at conservancyonline.com

#floodlines #athensofthesouth #parthenon #nashville #free #nashvilletn

Thank you @intersection_music and @kidsvilleonline for filling the Parthenon with the wonderful sounds of #viola and #vi...
01/18/2020

Thank you @intersection_music and @kidsvilleonline for filling the Parthenon with the wonderful sounds of #viola and #violin today!
#livemusic #free #nashville #nashvilletn #parthenon #nashvilleparthenon #athensofthesouth

Centennial Park Conservancy
01/17/2020

Centennial Park Conservancy

8 days away from the gallery opening of Flood Lines by Tasha Lewis at the #Parthenon. Join us on Thursday, January 23 at 6 PM for cocktails and appetizers with remarks by artist, Tasha Lewis. This reception is free and open to the public.
🔹RSVP: bit.ly/3acXP5r

A student of art and literature, sculptor #TashaLewis borrows from ancient artifacts to evoke contemporary narratives about women. Over 35 sculptures of exquisite craftsmanship are carefully arranged within the gallery to create an immersive space that is both formal and organic.

Top 5? We’ll take it! For even more best things in TN, we’ve got some planned:🖼 1/23 Flood Lines by Tasha Lewis receptio...
01/16/2020
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Top 5? We’ll take it! For even more best things in TN, we’ve got some planned:

🖼 1/23 Flood Lines by Tasha Lewis reception
🏺1/30 Symposium: Excavations at Troy with Brian Rose
🏺2/6 Symposium: Gender in Ancient Greece and Today
🏺2/20 Symposium: Creating Athena with Alan LeQuire

The land-locked southern state of Tennessee is an interesting destination to consider for a vacation as there is such a diverse range of things to see and

Museum Selfie Day is here! Tag us and we will share your selfie snapshots. .#nashvilleparthenon #parthenonnashville #ath...
01/15/2020

Museum Selfie Day is here! Tag us and we will share your selfie snapshots.
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#nashvilleparthenon #parthenonnashville #athensofthesouth #museum #museumselfie #museumselfieday #museumselfieday2020

Tonight’s Symposium is about to start. We can’t wait to hear the story of the AbleVoices display now showing at the Part...
01/14/2020

Tonight’s Symposium is about to start. We can’t wait to hear the story of the AbleVoices display now showing at the Parthenon! All Symposia are free and open to the public— join us at one of our talks this winter!

#museum #parthenonnashville #nashvilleparthenon #athensofthesouth #nashville #nashvilletn #tndisability #free

@kidsvilleonline is about to start! Come find Athena at 11:00am today to join us. #museum #nashvilleparthenon #parthenon...
01/11/2020

@kidsvilleonline is about to start! Come find Athena at 11:00am today to join us.

#museum #nashvilleparthenon #parthenonnashville #athensofthesouth #nashville #nashvilletn #free

Now accepting applications to join our Docent Program and volunteer at the Parthenon!
01/08/2020

Now accepting applications to join our Docent Program and volunteer at the Parthenon!

The Parthenon in Nashville is looking for outgoing individuals who love art and history to be the exciting link between Greek and Nashville history, American art, and our community.
🔹Learn more: bit.ly/347EpuF

The Parthenon Docent Program will provide the tools needed for volunteers to give tours to school groups, adult groups, and individuals. Docents will field questions, facilitate cart programs in museum galleries, give directions, and act as ambassadors for the Parthenon, #CentennialPark, and #Nashville.

The Docent training program is free and open to the public.

We are closed today, January 1, 2020. Happy New Year from your friends at the Parthenon! .📷: @nancyyyychen
01/01/2020

We are closed today, January 1, 2020. Happy New Year from your friends at the Parthenon!
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📷: @nancyyyychen

Open today, Dec. 31, until 4:30pm! January 1 is a Metro holiday; we will be closed for the day. Regular hours resume Jan...
12/31/2019

Open today, Dec. 31, until 4:30pm!

January 1 is a Metro holiday; we will be closed for the day. Regular hours resume January 2.

It may be raining outside, but inside it’s dry and Doric. Come explore today until 4:30pm!#athensofthesouth #parthenon #...
12/29/2019

It may be raining outside, but inside it’s dry and Doric. Come explore today until 4:30pm!

#athensofthesouth #parthenon #parthenonnashville #nashvilleparthenon

Ready to learn about Nashville & Greek history, then share our cultural icon with the community? Become a Parthenon doce...
12/14/2019

Ready to learn about Nashville & Greek history, then share our cultural icon with the community? Become a Parthenon docent! Free training classes start Feb. 1, sign up at conservancyonline.com.

Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian? We have two out of the three orders, how can you tell which one this is by this small detai...
12/10/2019

Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian? We have two out of the three orders, how can you tell which one this is by this small detail?
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#nashville #nashvilletn #athensofthesouth #art #history #arthistory #architecture #museum

12/09/2019

Our flying friends will hopefully come back when we are open. Come see Athena and our fantastic art exhibits Tuesday-Saturday 9-4:30 or Sunday 12:30-4:30.
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#nashville #nashvilletn #athensofthesouth #art #history #museum #doric #doriccolumns #doricorder

Today’s Architecture Tour begins at 2pm— and it’s free for our @conservancynash members or included with museum admissio...
12/08/2019

Today’s Architecture Tour begins at 2pm— and it’s free for our @conservancynash members or included with museum admission for not-yet members!

#free #architecture #nashville #nashvilletn #athensofthesouth

#museum30 Day 30: #WhyMuseums?One of the most common questions we get is "Why is this a museum?" Let's hear from Wesley,...
11/30/2019

#museum30 Day 30: #WhyMuseums?
One of the most common questions we get is "Why is this a museum?" Let's hear from Wesley, #Parthenon Director:
"Nashville’s Parthenon connects us to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, which celebrated the 100th birthday of statehood along with Nashville’s reputation as the Athens of the South, and to ancient Athens, Greece. The building is a full-scale re-creation, both inside and out, of the 5th century BCE temple to the goddess Athena, offering an entry point for visitors to learn about all aspects of ancient Greek life. It represents the city’s aspiration to be a cultural beacon in the area, a center of education, a place where democracy flourishes. Nashville’s Parthenon also houses three art galleries with permanent and changing exhibitions and is located in the middle of a city park where art, both visual and performing, is taught and where free outdoor concerts and dances are offered six months out of the year."
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Thank you for joining us for Museum30! We hope you enjoyed our posts on #Facebook, #Instagram, and #Twitter.
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#art #artmuseum #history #historymuseum #localhistory #statehistory #greekhistory #greekmythology #ancienthistory #tennesseecentennialexposition #athensofthesouth #nashvilletn #nashville #musiccity #musicianscorner

We are open our regular hours today Friday, November 29, from 9:00am-4:30pm. .#open #nashville #nashvilletn #museum #art...
11/29/2019

We are open our regular hours today Friday, November 29, from 9:00am-4:30pm.
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#open #nashville #nashvilletn #museum #art #history #artmuseum #historymuseum #nashvilleparthenon #parthenonnashville
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📷: @museumkatie

#Museum30 Day 29: #ExhibitionOur "Community Niches" display areas highlights interesting #art or #history content from m...
11/29/2019

#Museum30 Day 29: #Exhibition
Our "Community Niches" display areas highlights interesting #art or #history content from members of our #community. This season's display about @AbleVoices, founded by Jen Eiler Vogus, which helps #neurodiverse individuals express themselves through #photography.
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#artmuseum #historymuseum #inclusion #inclusive #nashville #nashvilletn #athensofthesouth

#museum30 Day 28: #CulturalSitesOur Director of Education, Katie Petrole, has excavated, worked with #artifacts, and led...
11/28/2019

#museum30 Day 28: #CulturalSites
Our Director of Education, Katie Petrole, has excavated, worked with #artifacts, and led #museum projects at cultural sites like the Agora Excavations in #Athens, #Greece, and Corinth Excavations in #AncientCorinth, Greece. Let's hear from Katie about the best part of visiting cultural sites:
"Cultural sites bear witness to the past. It's where you can find evidence about the lives and stories of those who came before us. In Greece, some cultural sites are quiet, dusty ruins today. But ancient cities were active, living centers of culture with busy, colorful markets lining ancient paved roads. For me, ancient roads are a powerful feature at a cultural site. When you step onto an ancient road, like the Lechaion Road at Corinth, you are literally following in the footsteps of our heritage."
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#art #artmuseum #history #historymuseum #nashvilletn #athensofthesouth #culturalheritage #greekheritage #greekhistory #greek #nashvilleparthenon #parthenonnashville

#Museum30 Day 27: #WhatAreMuseums?What is the Parthenon museum? It's a place where you can explore local and internation...
11/27/2019

#Museum30 Day 27: #WhatAreMuseums?
What is the Parthenon museum? It's a place where you can explore local and international history as well as visual art. It is a physical monument representing the values, hopes, and ambitions of Nashville citizens over a century ago, and remains the cultural icon of the city to this day. Simply said, "Museums connect us to our culture and enrich our lives." -Wesley Paine, Parthenon Director

#museum #museums #artmuseum #historymuseum #art #history #greekhistory #ancienthistory #nashville #nashvilletn #athensofthesouth #icon

#museum30 Day 26: #SomethingNewWe are participating in Museum Store Sunday for the first time! Stop by the Parthenon 12:...
11/26/2019

#museum30 Day 26: #SomethingNew
We are participating in Museum Store Sunday for the first time! Stop by the Parthenon 12:30-4:30pm to explore our three art galleries plus Athena in all her glory, then visit our Museum Store to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.
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#art #artmuseum #artmuseumstore #history #historymuseum #historymuseumstore #museumstore #nashville #nashvilletn
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#beapatron #iamapatron #museumstoresunday #patronofculture #shopmuseumstores @museumstoresunday @museumsunday

#museum30 Day 25: #Environment “It is important to monitor #temperature and #humidity levels in the #Parthenon—both in t...
11/25/2019

#museum30 Day 25: #Environment
“It is important to monitor #temperature and #humidity levels in the #Parthenon—both in the #archives and out on #display—so visitors can enjoy the #art for years to come.” -Paige Wilson, Parthenon Curatorial Intern & University of Kentucky Library Science MA program

#museum #artmuseum #history #historymuseum #collection #collectionsmanagement #relativehumidity #condition #conditionreport #nashville #nashvilletn

While the temporary exhibition ‘Like Her Remembrance’ is open, you may find our staff, volunteers, and interns helping t...
11/24/2019

While the temporary exhibition ‘Like Her Remembrance’ is open, you may find our staff, volunteers, and interns helping to interpret the exhibition by making friendship bracelets!
#museum30 Day 24: #friendship
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#art #artmuseum #history #historymuseum #friendshipbracelet #friendshipbracelets #artgallery #parthenon #nashvilleparthenon #parthenonnashville #nashville #nashvilletn

#museum30 #controversial We display #casts of the pedimental #sculptures from the #Parthenon on the #Acropolis of #Athen...
11/23/2019

#museum30 #controversial
We display #casts of the pedimental #sculptures from the #Parthenon on the #Acropolis of #Athens, #Greece. Their original sculptor was #Pheidias; however the #ParthenonMarbles are often referred to as the #ElginMarbles after Lord Elgin removed them from the Acropolis in the early 1800s. They are now housed in the #BritishMuseum in London, while Greece continues to request their return. This remains one of the biggest controversies in museum history. Where do you think they belong? Read both sides of the story through the links below:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2017/03-04/parthenon-sculptures-british-museum-controversy/
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https://www.businessinsider.com/london-british-museum-will-not-return-elgin-marbles-2019-1
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/greece-uk-parthenon-marbles-elgin-british-museum-prokopis-pavlopoulos-a8870971.html
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-britain-marbles/greece-proposes-parthenon-marbles-swap-says-still-wants-their-permanent-return-idUSKCN1VO1AZ
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#art #ancient #ancientart #classicalhumanities #history #ancienthistory #debate #nashville #nashvilletn #greekhistory #repatriation #universalmuseum #encyclopedicmuseum

#Museum30 Day 22: #DreamMuseumTime travel back to the 1970s with this photograph of #CentennialPark and the #Parthenon w...
11/22/2019

#Museum30 Day 22: #DreamMuseum
Time travel back to the 1970s with this photograph of #CentennialPark and the #Parthenon while you read about Parthenon staff member Monica's epic #dream #museum:
"My dream museum would be a mash-up of The Menil Collection (#Houston, TX) and The Doctor Who Experience (#Cardiff, UK). I love everything about the Menil Collection from its calming #architecture to its #mission and the breadth of its collection plus it's always #free; all that combined with the fantastical time-traveling adventures of #TheDoctor."

#artmuseum #historymuseum #nashville #nashvilletn #houstontx #timetravel #immersive #immersivelearningexperiences #objectbasedlearning #mashup #doctorwho #drwho

#museum30 Day 21: #Transport#DidYouKnow that back in 1897, the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition had its...
11/21/2019

#museum30 Day 21: #Transport
#DidYouKnow that back in 1897, the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition had its own #railroad? Plus, four lines of electric street railways ran to and from downtown #Nashville for $0.05 each way. The Terminal Building served as the terminal station for the #SteamRailways and exhibits for several major Southern railways including Plant's System of Railways, the Georgia Railroad Company, and the Southern Railway Company on the lower floor with the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Company on the upper floor. Each display exhibited #miniature railroads with information about geographic areas covered, as well as the evolution of railroads and #telegraph systems. There was also a #music stand with a band always in attendance. Can you find the Terminal Building on the map?

#museum #artmuseum #historymuseum #art #history #tennessee #nashvilletn #musiccity #band #miniaturerailroads #tennesseecentennialexposition #19thcentury #tennesseecentennial

#museum30 Day 19: #space Every @kidsvilleonline program at the #Parthenon, we create a #quietspace or reading space for ...
11/19/2019

#museum30 Day 19: #space
Every @kidsvilleonline program at the #Parthenon, we create a #quietspace or reading space for families— it it just so happens to currently have a space-themed rug! Join us for #Kidsville Saturday at 11:00am to hear the epic journey of #Odysseus, and look for an area like this to be a permanent part of the Parthenon in 2020!

#museum #museums #nashville #nashvilletn #quietspace #reading #read #inclusive #learningthroughplay

#museum 30 Day 17: #uniqueitem The #Parthenon is home to many unique items from the massive #bronzedoors to the 42 foot ...
11/17/2019

#museum 30 Day 17: #uniqueitem
The #Parthenon is home to many unique items from the massive #bronzedoors to the 42 foot #replica #statue of #Athena. But Assistant Director Lauren Bufferd claims this season pass for the 1897 Tennessee Centenial Exposition as one of her favorites of the museum's unique items. "These passes were issued to individuals who wanted to visit the fair multiple times and the photograph insured that the pass could only be used by the purchaser. There is something very special about a museum caring for something that was not created to last."

#history #nashville #nashvilletn #tennessee #tn #tnhistory #1897 #tennesseecentennialexposition #seasonpass #seasontickets #19thcentury #archive #museumstorage #museum #behindthescenes #notondisplay

Our #volunteer #docent program makes it possible for literally thousands of students and visitors to learn while explori...
11/16/2019

Our #volunteer #docent program makes it possible for literally thousands of students and visitors to learn while exploring the #Parthenon every year. From professors to students, doctors to engineers, and grandparents to high schoolers, our docents come from all walks of life to share this cultural icon with our diverse audiences. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, email [email protected].

#museum30 #Day16 #museum #art #arthistory #architecture #mythology #greekmythology #nashville #nashvilletn #museumvolunteer #parthenonnashville #nashvilleparthenon

Not all heroes wear capes. For #museum30 Day 15, our #museumhero is actually #museumheroes. From donating 63 paintings t...
11/15/2019

Not all heroes wear capes. For #museum30 Day 15, our #museumhero is actually #museumheroes. From donating 63 paintings to the city of Nashville to representing the Parthenon for 30 years(!) to finding new ways to share it with children and families, the Parthenon is lucky to have such dedicated donors, staff, colleagues, and volunteers that make our mission possible.

#art #museum #cowancollection #museum #museum30 #arthistory #team #nashville #nashvilletn #kidsville @ The Parthenon in Nashville

We are with @kidsvilleonline at @myfuturemyway #careerfair19 and ready to help over 5,000 9th graders find their muse wh...
11/15/2019

We are with @kidsvilleonline at @myfuturemyway #careerfair19 and ready to help over 5,000 9th graders find their muse while sharing about our careers.

#education #museum #archaeology #art #history #earlychildhoodeducation #classicalhumanities #nonprofitadministration #collectionsmanagement #publichistory #theater #museumeducation #studioart #architecture #graphicdesign #arthistory #math #chemistry #engineering #marketing #finance #nashville #nashvilletn #parthenonnashville #nashvilleparthenon

Thank you for joining us for our final Symposium of the season! More lectures (free and open to the public) will start a...
11/15/2019

Thank you for joining us for our final Symposium of the season! More lectures (free and open to the public) will start again in January. Pencil us in for Jan. 13 and Jan. 30!

An incredible Symposium is in progress at the Parthenon. Dr. Laurie Rush is sharing her experiences as a cultural resource officer at Fort Drum and how her teams have helped train thousands of soldier on how to save the past while building a better future.

#free #symposium #nashville #nashvilletn #museum #art #archaeology #heritage #culturalheritage #culturalpreservation #culturalprotection

Address

Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN
37203

The Nashville MTA's bus stop is located right outside the Centennial Park's West End entrance. Bus 3 - White Bridge and Bus 5 - Bellevue, both cross this stop, both heading straight or coming from downtown.

General information

The Parthenon Museum & Museum Store is open year round. Tuesday-Thursday: 9:00am-7:00pm Friday-Saturday: 9:00am-4:30pm Sunday: 12:30pm-4:30pm Monday: CLOSED Admission: Adults: $6.00 Seniors 62+: $4.00 Children 4-17: $4.00 Children under 4: Free The museum is situated in the center of beautiful Centennial Park, an urban park located approximately 2 miles from downtown Nashville. The park includes a sunken flower garden, a small man-made lake, Lake Watauga, surrounded by a one-mile walking loop, a playground and various monuments.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(615) 862-8431

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The Parthenon is a 1:1 scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Inside stands the nearly 42 ft gilded sculpture of Athena. Created by Nashville artist, Alan LeQuire, the image recreates that which most likely stood in the 5th BCE temple. Also on view are casts of the Parthenon marbles and maquettes of the exterior East and West pediment sculptures. The lower level houses a permanent display of American paintings, the Cowan Collection, and a changing exhibition space. In addition there are various historical exhibits to explain the history of the Nashville Parthenon, first built in 1897 as the centerpiece of the Tennesse Centennial Exposition.

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