Excerpt from the Brochure, " Pan-American
Exposition Buffalo 1901"
published prior to the Exposition by the Board of Women Managers
The visitor to the Buffalo Exposition will search in vain for a department labeled exclusively, Woman's Work. Wherever her skill or genius has given her a title to excellence there her work will be shown and judged on its merits. The progress of science and the conquest of nature by means of invention, the increased perfection of machinery which eliminates the factor of human physical strength, and, above all, the successful prosecution by woman of studies in superior education, makes the achievement of her ideal only a matter of time. The nineteenth century has passed into history as the period when the world shook itself free of superstition, prejudice and false prin ciples. In America, woman has taken her place as an economic factor in modern civilization. In the present Exposition her advice and aid have been sought in any department where her abilities were pronounced.
The Board of Women Managers is divided into six committees, the majority of which work jointly with the corresponding committee of the Exposition Hoard. The Women's Building occupies the center of the great Rose Gardens, and will be known as the Women's Administration Building. In addition to the necessary offices, the building contains a number of beautiful tea rooms, all opening into a large hall, which is planned to serve as a reading or lecture room when not in use for entertainments.
A bureau of registration will be found on the main floor, where club women are invited to leave their addresses. This will enable the organization they represent to locate their members and will make the Women's Administration Building the headquarters of Clubs and Organizations.
Here the Board of Women Managers will receive and entertain all honorary members of the Board, the various women's clubs and other noted guests.
It is expected that many conventions of women's organizations will meet here next summer. Already the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, the National Household Economic Association, and the National W.C.T.U. have engaged dates. All conventions desiring to hold their meetings on the Exposition grounds may, by arrangement, have the use of the auditorium in the Temple of Music.
This building deserves more than a passing mention. It is octagonal in form, with pavilions of the same shape at the corners. The architecture, following the style of the Spanish Renaissance, is elaborate in composition, with richly ornamented colonnades, panels bearing portrait busts of famous musical composers, groups of statuary representing Music, Dancing, etc., and surmounted by a dome 136 feet high, that is brilliant with gold and color.
In the interior, this dome is supported by eight massive piers, spanned by arches which open into the galleries. Over each of these arches is a cartouche, bearing an inscription of one of the grand divisions of music.
By the courtesy of the Exposition Managers this beautiful auditorium, with a seating capacity of 1,200 on the main floor alone, will be tendered to conventions of women, when it is not in use for other purposes.
For smaller gatherings the reading room of the Women's Administration Building will be available for entertainments. This has a seating capacity of 100.
Any organizations that prefer to hold their meetings outside the grounds can secure the hall of the Twentieth Century Club or the Women's Educational and Industrial Union at reduced rates. The parlors of some of the churches will also be put at the disposal of visitors.
The Committee on Clubs and Organizations will, with the greatest pleasure, arrange for the convention of any women's organization that may desire to meet in Buffalo during the Exposition, and will forward to any address such information as may be desired.
Text by the Committee on Clubs and Organizations
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