T.H. Pardo de Tavera at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

A reception was held here in 1904 for Trinidad H. Pardo de Tavera, hosted by Commissioner Henry B. F. Macfarland. Pardo de Tavera served as President of the 1904 St. Louis Exposition’s Honorary Board of Commissioners. The exposition is more popularly known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, a celebration of the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase featuring technological and anthropological displays, including controversial and racially-charged exhibits of ethnic minorities from the Philippines. The host and the guest of honor gave speeches extolling “the union of interests between the republic and the archipelago.” Pardo de Tavera gave his speech in Spanish, which was concurrently translated into English.

Corcoran

Photo Credit: Library of Congress Print and Photograph Division

Digital artifact

Click here to read a letter from US President Theodore Roosevelt to T.H. Pardo de Tavera.

Further information

Corcoran Gallery of Art/College of Art and Design.  500 17th St., NW, Washington, DC. Open to the public. For more information, click here.

References

“Filipinos in the City” The Washington Post,  10 June 10, 1904: 2

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