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The Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition of 1898 and the concurrent Indian Congress were held in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 1, 1898, through November 1, 1898. The Exposition showcased the developed West from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. Business and community leaders from the 24 states and territories lying west of the Mississippi River envisioned the Trans-Mississippi Exposition as a way to revitalize the regional economy and to show that the West had recovered from the financial panic of 1893. 


Omaha Public Library's Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition collection consists primarily of the Frank Rinehart official photographs of the exposition. The library owns about 3,000 of these rare original images, as well as other narrative and descriptive materials about the Exposition's events, exhibits, midway attractions, and Indian Congress.

 

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