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PROGRAMBefore the Midwinter Fair: The Mechanics' Institute Industrial Expositions, 1857–1899
MONTHLY PROGRAM Taryn Edwards Between 1857 and 1899, the Mechanics’ Institute hosted 31 industrial exhibitions that bolstered California’s infant economy, encouraged the demand for local goods, and whetted the public’s appetite for elaborate events. The fairs of 1869 and 1871 were pioneering efforts to encourage trade relationships with China, Japan, British Columbia, the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, Chile, Peru,