Medals from US Expositions

NY Pan American Exposition Award Medals of 1901


1901 Bronze Pan-American Exposition Medal1Bronze Pan-American Exposition Medal

1901 Bronze Gilt Pan-American Exposition Medal

Hermon A. MacNeil designed Medallion for the Pan American Exposition. a Bronze Pan-American Exposition Medal designed by Hermon A. MacNeil. MacNeil is known as the designer of the Standing Liberty Quarter. The Obverse is Liberty and a Buffalo and on the Reverse is a South American Native American smoking a peace pipe with a North American Native American. The medal measures 2 1/2 inches in diameter. This medal was manufactured by the Gorham Silver Co. This one is probably gilt.
1901 Silver Pan-American Exposition Medal1901 Silver NY Expo Medal

1901 Silver Pan-American Exposition Medal

The silver medal from the 1901 NY Expo is very rare and valuable. This Gorham made silver award medal is same design as described above for the bronze medal.

1901 Pan-American Expo Official Medal

OFFICIAL MEDAL - NY Pan American Exposition Medal of 1901
1901 NY, Brass. 34.9 mm. HK 289

The Pan-American Exposition was a World's Fair held in Buffalo, New York, United States, from May 1 through November 2, 1901 with the purpose of promoting trade and relationships with our Pan-American neighbors. Cayuga Island was initially chosen as the place to hold the Exposition because of the island's proximity to Niagara Falls, which was a huge tourist attraction. But when the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, all plans were put on hold.

After the war, there was a heated rivalry between Buffalo and Niagara Falls over the location. Buffalo won out for two main reasons. First, Buffalo had a much larger population — with roughly 350,000 people, it was the eighth-largest city in the United States. Second, Buffalo had better rail connections — the city was within a day's journey by railroad for over 40 million people. In July 1898, Congress pledged $500,000 for the Exposition to be held at Buffalo.

The exposition is most remembered because U.S. President William McKinley was shot by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, on September 6, 1901.

The newly-developed X-ray machine was displayed at the fair, but doctors were reluctant to use it on McKinley to search for the bullet because they did not know what side effects it may have had on him. Also, ironically, the operating room at the exposition's emergency hospital did not have any electric lighting, even though the exteriors of many of the buildings were covered with thousands of light bulbs. Doctors used a pan to reflect sunlight onto the operating table as they treated McKinley's wounds.

When the fair ended, the buildings were demolished and the grounds were cleared and subdivided for residential streets. A boulder marking the site of McKinley's assassination was placed in a grassy median on Fordham Drive in Buffalo. The sole surviving structure, the New York State building, was designed to permanently outlast the Exposition and be used by the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society as their headquarters. It continues to do so today and can be visited on Nottingham Terrace in Buffalo. source: among others






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