The World’s Columbian Exposition witnessed the birth of a new Chicago that had rebuilt itself from the ashes of the great fire more than 20 years before. The world’s fair launched an era of economic growth and hope for Chicago—and the nation—and served as a monument of civic pride for the city’s leaders and citizens alike.
Exelon is honored to help celebrate that defining moment as a lead sponsor of The Field Museum’s newest exhibition, Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.
The exhibition brings to life the spirit and optimism of that historic, six-month event 120 years ago. The 1893 world’s fair marked not only the creation of The Field Museum itself to house natural science collections displayed at the Exposition, but one of the first examples of wide-scale electricity use—most notably, the lights illuminating the boulevards and buildings of the “White City” at night and paving the way for the founding of our own Chicago utility, Commonwealth Edison, in 1907.
Exelon is committed to supporting the arts and culture and education to help Chicago residents and visitors understand the historical events that made the city the influential cultural center it is today. With this exhibit, Exelon hopes visitors will gain insight into the World’s Columbian Exposition, which brought together diverse cultures and artistic treasures to shape our world-class city in the present day.
We are pleased to continue our partnership with The Field Museum and hope you enjoy Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.
Christopher M. Crane
President and Chief Executive Officer