The first all-black pavilion at a world's fair was sponsored by the Pan-African Foundation. You first went through the Heritage Tunnel, which traced the saga of Afro-Americans from Africa to the present-day United States. A photographic exhibit showcased great black leaders, while a walk-through live theatre, slides and films portrayed important scenes from black history. Guides wore dashikis.
Small exhibits from social groups and businesses, all dedicated to the loose theme of "today's lifestyles." Exhibitors included:
American Red Cross
Seventh-day Adventists - The theme "Body and the Mind of Man" focused on internal development. Filmed interviews with Art Linkletter covered topics including diet and exercise. There were also six plexiglass display pedestals discussing stress, tobacco and Christian ideas. Samples of meatless protein foods were distributed by Loma Linda Foods, which was owned by the church.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Upper Columbia Academy - A local Seventh-day Adventist high school.
Washington Ports Association - Slides, maps and narration informed visitors about the role of the state's 47 port districts. The most memorable feature of the exhibit was a large ship's mast in the center.
The pavilion was in the shape of an open Book of Mormon, with two gold plates, joined by large gold rings. Outside was a statue of the angel Moroni, while inside, a movie called Ancient America Speaks was shown in two theatres. The movie told the story of American history as related in the Book of Mormon. Reed boats made by South American Mormons rounded out the exhibit.
A pre-construction drawing of the Mormon Pavilion.
According to organizers, this pavilion represented the first time Indians from all tribes had worked together to present a common exhibit. The idea was to show the diversity of American Indian lifestyles and to have non-Indians interact with native peoples. Displays of traditional housingfrom long houses to teepees, crafts, food preparation and displays devoted to modern life on the reservation made up the bulk of the exhibit. A ceremonial pavilion was available for native dancing and fashion shows. Legend tellers and experts were also on hand.
Lasers, chemicals and movies were used in 18 different presentations, but the highlight was when Dr. George Speake stood barefoot on a transformer and let a million volts pass through his body. The electricity shot out of his fingertips without harming him. There was also a counseling room where visitors could learn how to "experiment with faith."
The Smithsonian's Folklife Festival was a hodgepodge of entertainment including singer Utah Phillips, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police band, lumberjacking, gold panning and Native American drumming. Stationed in the area was Union Pacific Engine #8444the company's last steam locomotive and the biggest one still operating at the time of the fair. You could actually climb into the cab and play with the controls.
This pavilion was dedicated to vanishing species on the premise that the animal world provides the best indicator when man is overstepping his environment. The main attraction was a zoo populated with young animals from threatened and endangered species. The pavilion also included a tidal pool, an "Success Story" exhibit of endangered species that man helped to recover and a "Failure Story" featuring mounted examples of three birds now extinct. A display of improper uses of animals included a leopard skin hat and tiger meat. Taped animal sounds could be heard everywhere in the pavilion.
Outside the pavilion, visitors were greeted by a large sign reading "WHO KNOWS?" Once inside, you found outvia slides and a musical soundtrack recorded for Expothat the answer was the Department of Ecology. The pavilion hailed the state's victory over litter thanks to the Model Litter Control Act.
This pavilion was created by Washington State University and the centerpiece was a working model of a river, which changed in reaction to the four seasons projected behind it. A tunnel-like exhibit taught visitors about water: what it is, how mankind uses it and mis-uses it. A special scale measured your weight in gallons of water rather than pounds.