Wonderlust at Belgrade Community Library

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Location: 106 N Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346) during open hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Presenter: Robert Rydell

  • Date: Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

When the world was a bit younger but no less complicated than it is today, world’s fairs were all the rage. Between 1851 and 1940, some 300 world’s fairs took place around the world in cities ranging from London and Paris to New York and Chicago and Hanoi and Melbourne. About one billion people attended these events, making them key instruments for shaping the modern world. This program will examine the history (and future) of world’s fairs, noting that, contrary to what many Americans believe, world’s fairs, now called World Expos, continue to take place, with the next “big” world’s fair already scheduled for Dubai in 2020. 

RydellBob Rydell has taught history for 36 winters at MSU. He is the author of many books and articles on world’s fairs. He has taken occasional side trips into the fields of Buffalo Bill studies and the history of higher education, focusing especially on the history of MSU.


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust