Seattle Center Kicks Off One-Year Countdown to 50th Anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair

Seattle Center Next Fifty Logo / Source: Seattle Center Foundation

From a news release from the Seattle Center Foundation:

Seattle, April 21 – Today begins the one-year countdown to The Next Fifty, six months of events and activities planned in 2012 at Seattle Center that celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the legacy it left to the region, and the opportunities ahead during the next 50 years. Many elements of the celebration are already in place, and many more will take shape during the coming year.

Like the 1962 World’s Fair, the 50th anniversary focuses on the future. The Next Fifty draws attention to eight focus areas highlighting the Pacific Northwest’s leadership and innovation over the past half-century, as it compels participants to help create a vision for our future. Exhibitions, speaking forums, live entertainment, fun family activities, interactive experiences, competitions and community discussions will engage local and global audiences to debate our priorities, embrace our challenges and pursue possibilities for the region’s role in the world.

Seattle Center kicked off the countdown celebration by raising The Next Fifty flag atop the Space Needle this morning. Check out the new Next Fifty website for more info on the celebration and learn about the eight focus areas. Like The Next Fifty on Facebook. Follow The Next Fifty on Twitter.

MAin2 is particularly excited about some activities associated with the celebration. KCTS 9’s one-hour When Seattle Invented the Future documentary tells the story of how the Century 21 Exposition began as a promotional stunt to put Seattle on the map but wound up shaping the future of a city. The documentary is scheduled to air in February 2012.  HistoryLink.org and the Seattle Center Foundation are developing a new book on the history of the World’s Fair and Seattle Center (to be released October 2011). Reserve your copy of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy. The Museum of History & Industry and Seattle Center Foundation are collaborating on an on-site exhibit featuring artifacts and memorabilia from the Seattle World’s Fair.

Historic Seattle and Docomomo WEWA are partnering on a lecture series for Spring 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary. We’ll focus on the architectural and design legacy of the Seattle World’s Fair and its influence beyond the original fairgrounds. This is just one of the supporting programs that many local organizations are planning for 2012.

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2 Responses to “Seattle Center Kicks Off One-Year Countdown to 50th Anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair”


  1. 1 Darrell Brown December 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    When not working days at Boeing’s Development Center, my family really enjoyed the Seattle’s World Fair. As much as we enjoyed the fair, one of the fun attractions was talking to visitors from other states and countries. We would find out where visitors were from, how they traveled to Seattle, listen to stories about their part of the world – and in the years since, we have traveled to Europe, bike trips in the Netherlands, building projects in India – for me a technology transfer from France, and much more. The Seattle World’s Fair brought many to Seattle, and most assuredly broadened the world for us too. What a wonderful educational experience!

  2. 2 Marjorie (Maggie) Bennett June 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I have in my scrapbook a clipping from Aug 3, 1952 SEATTLE TIMES which reads,

    U.N. Pavillon Children’s Folkmusic Concert Set August 11
    A children’s folk-music concert set around the ancient council ring will be held August 11th at 3 pm.
    Marjorie Bennett, a Mercer Island housewife and widely known recording artist will sing folksongs and play Irish harp,mt. dulcimer, autoharp & quitar.Songs from her recordings whivh inlduce “First Songs for Children”,”Everybody Sing” and “Sing a Song of Childhood” will be part of the program. These “sing-along”songs & games are part of a collection Miss Bennett m,ade while studying and traveling in Europe, North Africa, and the Near East as an exchange student.


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