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Eakins Thomas Eakins Susan Macdowell Centennial Exposition
CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
SUSAN MACDOWELL
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY
Susan Macdowell
WORLD EVENTS
The nation celebrates its 100th birthday with a world's fair, the Centennial Exposition, held in Philadelphia. The exposition covers 450 acres. Each state has its own building and 50 foreign nations send exhibits. Between May and November, almost 10,000,000 people visited the fairgrounds. The most popular attraction proves to be Machinery Hall, with its vast displays of inventions heralding the latest technological achievements from around the country.

The same year, Thomas Eakins meets Susan Macdowell, and begins his teaching career at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' new building designed by Victorian architect Frank Furness. Furness creates a functional interior that is better suited to the teaching of art than any other building in the country.
1876 - 1878
 
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