Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Great Lakes Exposition

The Great Lakes Exposition was held in Cleveland, Ohio, in the summers of 1936 and 1937, along the Lake Erie shore north of downtown. The fair commemorated of the centennial of Cleveland's incorporation as a city. Conceived as a way to energize a city hit hard by the Great Depression, the exposition drew 4 million visitors in its first season, and 7 million by the end of its second and final season in September 1937. The exposition was housed on grounds that are now used by the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Burke Lakefront Airport, among others.
- Wikipedia
The Exposition featured a facsimile of The Globe Theatre, presenting a company of actors performing vastly scaled-down versions of Shakespeare's plays, including A Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, and others. These were, like, 45-minute adaptations. The Globe was featured in 1936 only.

Other References:
Sex, Celebrity & Carnival Charm (Cleveland Magazine, July 2006)
The Cool History of Cleveland

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