1893 World's Fair

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In 1893, Mrs. Howard journeyed to Chicago, presumably by train, to buy furnishings for the family home. She traveled all this way to attend the 1893 World’s Fair, which had become one of the most famous fairs that had ever taken place. Electricity was a big part of this event and its use changed the way that people looked at its possibilities. While little is known about Mrs. Howard’s experiences at the Fair, we know that she purchased many high end items that would become key features of the Howard mansion.

The mansion had already been under construction for three years when she attended the Fair. Some of the furnishings included 3 brass beds (total cost $418 in 1893 or $11,000.00 today), one of which is on display in a 2nd floor bedroom. Other purchases included rugs, chandeliers, furniture and other items. The total amount she spent is unknown. Most of these items were shipped from Chicago to Jeffersonville by railroad. Other purchases included rugs, chandeliers, furniture and other items. The total amount she spent is unknown. Most of these items were shipped from Chicago to Jeffersonville by railroad.

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