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Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909): Special Days Essay 8461 : Printer-Friendly Format

The 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was held in Seattle on the University of Washington campus from June 1 to October 16. This was Washington's first world's fair and it celebrated 12 years of prosperity -- since the 1897 Alaska Gold Rush -- through the display of resources, products, and advantages of Washington and the region. More than three million people visited the fair from Washington cities and counties and from the rest of the country. Throughout the exposition, commemorative days were set aside to honor organizations, professions, and ethnic communities, as well as visitors from various cities, counties, and states. Some of these commemorations included banquets, conferences, or other forms of special recognition given to the groups being honored. Because these events were so popular with fairgoers,  A-Y-P promoters kept adding new commemorative days as the fair progressed. Thus, some days had multiple honorees. Following is a list of all A-Y-P commemorative days as reported in The Seattle Daily Times, The Seattle Sunday Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

A-Y-P Exposition Special Days 

  • 1-June  Opening Day
  • 2-June  Bering Sea Day; UW Alumni Day
  • 3-June Military Day
  • 4-June  Japanese Navy Day
  • 5-June Children's Day;  Puget Sound Navy Yard and Port Orchard Day
  • 6-June
  • 7-June  Chicago Association of Commerce Day
  • 8-June  Washington Children's Home Society Day; Transcontinental Passenger Agents' Day; Washington State Library Association Day
  • 9-June  Catholic Foresters Day; Grocers' Day; Pioneer Association of the State of Washington Day; Woman's Christian Temperance Union Flower Mission Day
  • 10-June 
  • 11-June  Yakima County Day
  • 12-June  Commercial Travelers' Day
  • 13-June
  • 14-June  British Columbia Week; Daughters of the American Revolution Day;   Sons of the American Revolution Day; Pullman Day; Flag Day
  • 15-June  Order of the Easter Star Day; Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons' Day; California Promotion Committee Day; Pacific Coast Advertising Men Day
  • 16-June  Washington State Graduate Nurses Association Day
  • 17-June
  • 18-June
  • 19-June
  • 20-June
  • 21-June  Inland Empire Week
  • 22-June
  • 23-June  Royal Arcanum Day (Royal Masons)
  • 24-June Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Day; State Grand Army of the Republic Day
  • 25-June  Spokane Day
  • 26-June  King County Day; Davenport and Sprague Day; Bankers Association Day
  • 27-June
  • 28-June  Skagit Valley Week
  • 29-June  Kamloops Day
  • 30-June
  • 1-July Cherry Day
  • 2-July
  • 3-July  Railway Men Day; King County Day; Coal Miners' Day; Lumbermen and Loggers' Day
  • 4-July
  • 5-July Pythian Week; Pacific County Week; Polish Day; Ohio Society Day;     Washington State Day; Baptist Young People's Union Day; Valley Day (Kent, Auburn, Puyallup, Sumner)
  • 6-July  Baptist Day
  • 7-July  Woman Suffrage Day; Pythian Day
  • 8-July  Pacific County Day; South Bend Day; Colfax Day; Billings Day; Chehalis Day
  • 9-July  Oregon Day; Pennsylvania Day
  • 10-July  Kansas Day; Sailors and Mariners Day; Americana or Innes' Day; Sigma Chi Day
  • 11-July
  • 12-July  Epworth League Day; Montana Day (Unofficial); Pacific Coat Lumber Manufacturer's Day; Seattle Real Estate Association Day; Yamhill County, Ore. Day
  • 13-July  Newberg, Ore. Day; Whatcom County Day; Bellingham Day
  • 14-July  Pacific Coast Lumberman's Day; San Juan Day; National Council of Women Day; Washington Press Day
  • 15-July  United Amateur Press Association Day; Eagles Day; Colorado Day; Sherman County, Ore. Day; Washington State Press Association Day 
  • 16-July  Teachers' Day; Tacoma Day; Druggists' Day; Washington Press Day
  • 17-July  Washington State Dental Society Day; Astoria Day
  • 18-July 
  • 19-July  San Bernadino Day; National Education Day
  • 20-July  National Editorial Association Day; Portland Day; Salem Day; Baby Christening Day
  • 21-July  State Medical Association Day; Women's Press Club Day; Hood River County Day
  • 22-July  Redmens' Day; Union, Ore. Day; Benton, Ore. Day;  Butte and Anaconda Day
  • 23-July  Ancient Order of United Workmen Grand Lodge of Washington Day; Degree of Honor Day; Fraternal Brotherhood Day
  • 24-July  Swedenborg Day; Delta Sigma Delta Day
  • 25-July
  • 26-July  Santa Barbara and Ventura Day; San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles Day; Brooklyn Day
  • 27-July  Union County Day; 2nd Vancouver Day; Southern California Day; Oklahoma and Indian Territory Day
  • 28-July  Woman's Christian Temperance Union Day; Baker City, Ore. Day; Port Townsend Day; Elks' Day
  • 29-July  Swedish Finnish Temperance Association Day; New Jersey Day; Delaware Day; National Union Day; Elks' Day; West Virginia Day
  • 30-July  International Military Day
  • 31-July  Swedish Day
  • 1-August 
  • 2-August  Kentucky Day; New York Day
  • 3-August  Missouri Day; Exhibitors' Day; Minnesota Tricity Day (Duluth, Minneapolis, St. Paul); Snohomish County Day
  • 4-August  Woodsmen of the World Day; Women of Woodcraft Day; Olympia and Shelton Day; Mississippi Day
  • 5-August  Alaska Children's Day
  • 6-August  Lewiston Day; Illinois Day; Alaska Womens' Day; Chehalis County Day; Sigma Nu Day; National Hostesses Association Day
  • 7-August  Indiana Day; Renton Day; Washington Rural Letter Carriers' Day; Seattle Business College Day
  • 8-August 
  • 9-August  Los Angeles Day; Pasadena, Santa Monica, Ocean Park, Whittier, and Venice Day
  • 10-August  Arizona Day; American Association of Titlemen Day; National Protective Legion Day; Vancouver, Wash. Day; Association of Park Superintendents' Day
  • 11-August  Rossland, B.C. Day
  • 12-August Iowa Day; Worcester, Mass. Day; Tucson, Ariz. Day
  • 13-August  Manila Day
  • 14-August  Visiting Knights of Columbus Day; Amateur Athletic Union Day
  • 15-August  
  • 16-August  Pennsylvania Day
  • 17-August  Toppenish Day; Great Falls Day; Nebraska Day; Centralia Day
  • 18-August  German Day; Douglas County Day; National G.A.R. Day
  • 19-August  Maccabees Day; International Improvement Club Day; National Prison Congress Day
  • 20-August  Pay Streak Day; Theatrical Mechanics Association Day; International Improvement Club Day
  • 21-August  Caledonian Day; Vancouver Arch Dedication Day; Children's Day
  • 22-August
  • 23-August  International Beauty Day; Congress of Educators of Indians Day
  • 24-August  Coeur D'Alene, Wallace, and Wardner, Idaho Day; Acme Business College Day; Dixie Day
  • 25-August   Mystic Shriners Day; Modern American Day; Utah Day; Hawaii Day; Governors' Day; Chautauqua Day
  • 26-August   Maryland Day; Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and Logan Day; Stanford University Day
  • 27-August   Welsh Eisteddfod Day; South Dakota Day; Octogenarian Day
  • 28-August   Cactus Dahlia Day; Manufacturers' Day; State Mining Day
  • 29-August
  • 30-August   Norway Day
  • 31-August   Holland Day; Washington State Direct Legislation League Convention Day; Michigan Day
  • 1-September  Wisconsin Day
  • 2-September  Okanogan Day; Smith Family Day
  • 3-September  Wenatchee Day; Pacific Coast Billposters and Distributors Association Day
  • 4-September   San Francisco Day; Japan Day; Prince Rupert Day
  • 5-September
  • 6-September   Seattle Day; Vashon Island Day; Young Ladies Day
  • 7-September Postmasters' Day
  • 8-September   Farmers' Day; International Language Day; Klickitat County Day
  • 9-September   California Day; Hoo Hoo Day; Volunteer Firemen Day; Northwest Light & Power Association Day; Raisin Day
  • 10-September  Seward Day; Washington State Fourth Class Postmaster's League Day
  • 11-September New England Day; United Spanish War Veterans' Day; King County Children's Day; Santa Clara Valley Day
  • 12-September
  • 13-September Montesano Day; China Day
  • 14-September Ellensburg Day; Photographers Association of the Pacific Northwest Day; Vashon Island Day; Boise Day
  • 15-September  Adams County Day; Foreign Consuls Day
  • 16-September  Idaho Day
  • 17-September
  • 18-September Alameda County Day; Exhibitors' Day
  • 19-September
  • 20-September  Nevada Day; Italian Day; Prince Edward Island Day; Postmasters Day
  • 21-September  Edmonton, Alberta Day
  • 22-September  Yakima Valley Day; Calgary, Alberta Day, Blaine Day
  • 23-September  International Order of Odd Fellows Day; Walla Walla Day; Anacortes Day
  • 24-September
  • 25-September  King County Sunday School Day; Esperanto Day; American Music Society Day; Cosmopolis Day
  • 26-September
  • 27-September   National Funeral Directors Association Day
  • 28-September  Lynden Day; Everson Day
  • 29-September  Port Angeles Day; Roycroft Day; Washington Creamery Association Day
  • 30-September  Taft Day; Sacramento Day
  • 1-October 
  • 2-October
  • 3-October
  • 4-October
  • 5-October  Ohio Day
  • 6-October Apple Day
  • 7-October  Texas Day
  • 8-October 
  • 9-October  Ketchikan Day; Wrangell Day; Children's Day
  • 10-October
  • 11-October  Alaska Week; Stevens County Day; Fisherman's Day
  • 12-October  William Jennings Bryan Day; Nevada Day; Hotel Men's Day
  • 13-October  University of Washington Day
  • 14-October
  • 15-October  Washington Publicity Day
  • 16-October  Closing Day; Hurrah Day

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Spokane pin, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909
Courtesy Dan Kerlee

Swedish Day Program, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, July 31, 1909
Courtesy Christine Anderson

Children's Day pin, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, June 5, 1909
Courtesy Dan Kerlee

Souvenir ticket for Seattle Day, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, September 6, 1909

Adams County brochure for Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909
Courtesy UW Special Collections (Adams County Pamphlet File)

Snohomiosh County Day ribbon, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, August 3-4, 1909
Courtesy MOHAI (a1963.2921.1)

Sunkist Exposition Lemons fruit crate label, 1909
Courtesy Dan Kerlee

You'll Like Tacoma pin, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909
Courtesy Dan Kerlee

Norway Day badge, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, August 30, 1909
Courtesy MOHAI (No. 1963.2888.3a)

Seattle flag souvenier, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909
Courtesy MOHAI (No. a1957.1228.6b)

New England Day pin, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, September 11, 1909
Courtesy Dan Kerlee

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