The Centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE100) is coming to an end this weekend with the closing of two major exhibitions in San Francisco: Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition at the de Young Museum, and the California Historical Society’s free exhibition City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair at the Innovation Hangar/Palace of Fine Arts. On behalf of the PPIE100 organizing partners (California Historical Society, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Innovation Hangar, and Maybeck Foundation) I want to thank everyone who visited an exhibition, attended a lecture or panel discussion, participated in a program, read a book, viewed rare images or engaged in a discussion about the on-going legacy and impact of San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair, an event that marked San Francisco’s comeback from the 1906 earthquake and fires and celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal.
Despite the official end of the Centennial, there are still ways to celebrate PPIE. Exhibitions remain open at The Bancroft Library at the University of California (through February 26), San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers (through April 10), and Chinese Historical Society of America (through April 2). And Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts will continue to provide exhibitions and programs on cutting-edge innovations in 2016.
Digitally, the PPIE100 website (www.ppie100.org) will no longer be updated, but the content there will remain free and available. Check out the PPIE100 blog for historical articles, photo essays and other items from the archive, and explore the hundreds of events that took place in 2015 on the Events page. Finally, the PPIE100 project on Historypin will continue to be updated by individuals and institutions with images to share from the 1915 World’s Fair.
With over 60+ organizations creating more than 250 events attended by hundreds of thousands of people, the PPIE100 celebration was a unique, year-long effort. None of it would have been possible without the support of our sponsors, particularly Presenting Sponsor AT&T, Opening Weekend Sponsor Hearst Corporation, Centennial Sponsor Wells Fargo, and our media partners at the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 and Boom: A Journal of California. A special thanks to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department which provided leadership on the effort, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, and Donna Ewald Huggins, the Mayoral Spokesperson for the PPIE100, who remained committed to the success of the Centennial all year long.
We encourage you to continue to support the organizations that participated in PPIE100 and never stop celebrating the “Jewel City”.
Anthea M. Hartig, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO
California Historical Society