Government and States Building and Exhibits

Stop 6 of 10 in the Audubon Park: 1884 Cotton Centennial Exposition Site tour

To the right of where you sit was the Government and States Building, still partially under construction when the exposition opened. By January and February, 1885, however, most exhibits were in place. Government departments clustered in the center, states by region encircled these, and on the balcony were special department: the Education Department, the Woman's Department, and the first-ever Colored Department. In an increasingly industrial world, these departments sought to prove the worthiness of their participants.

An onion-domed working post office operated every day as part of federal exhibits. States created fanciful displays of their natural and manufactured resources.

Life-saving demonstrations took place daily on this lake next to the Government and States Building. Other daily attractions were designed to bring visitors to the grounds: fireworks, balloon ascensions, parades, musical concerts, and special days to honor various states, groups, and ethnicities.

In addition to the spectacle of electric lights and elevators, telephones were new as were a host of products and machinery that awed the crowds.

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Government and States Building under construction, 1884

Government and States Building under construction, 1884

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The Lake beside the Government and States Building

The Lake beside the Government and States Building

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Floor Plan of the Government and States Building

Floor Plan of the Government and States Building

From the Visitors Guide to the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial. New Orleans, 1884. View File Details Page

U. S. Government Exhibit

U. S. Government Exhibit

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U. S. Post Office Department Exhibit

U. S. Post Office Department Exhibit

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Nebraska's Corn is King Exhibit

Nebraska's Corn is King Exhibit

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Kansas Exhibit. Government and States Building.

Kansas Exhibit. Government and States Building.

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California Exhibit from the gallery of the Government and States Building.

California Exhibit from the gallery of the Government and States Building.

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Mississippi Cotton Pavilion

Mississippi Cotton Pavilion

One of the few exhibits dedicated to cotton at this Cotton Centennial Exposition. Image courtesy of Ken Speth. Private collection. View File Details Page

Louisiana Exhibit from the gallery

Louisiana Exhibit from the gallery

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Miki Pfeffer, “Government and States Building and Exhibits,” New Orleans Historical, accessed April 24, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/197.
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