PE­RUS­ING THE PPIE

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Any­one cap­ti­vated by the al­lure of the Panama-Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­si­tion should check out the of­fi­cial cen­ten­nial web­site, www.ppie100.org. The site serves as an ag­gre­ga­tor for the many PPIE-re­lated ex­hi­bi­tions and events go­ing on in the Bay Area this year, from ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions at the Cal­i­for­nia His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and San Francisco Pub­lic Li­brary to more mod­est shows at such lesser-known es­tab­lish­ments as the Wells Fargo History Mu­seum, the Por­tuguese His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum, and the Chi­nese His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Amer­ica Mu­seum. You could eas­ily spend a week “re-cre­at­ing” the PPIE ex­pe­ri­ence from the per­spec­tives of th­ese dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions. One ex­hi­bi­tion you can enjoy with­out leav­ing your home is Pop­u­lar Songs of the

Panama-Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­si­tion, an on­line ex­hi­bi­tion avail­able to all on the web­site of the So­ci­ety of Cal­i­for­nia Pi­o­neers, a his­tor­i­cal mu­seum and re­search cen­ter in San Francisco’s Pre­sidio. The show, cu­rated by our own Pasatiempo colum­nist James M. Keller, in­cludes rare sheet-mu­sic cov­ers for songs and marches com­posed ex­pressly for the PPIE, and it in­cor­po­rates links to pe­riod au­dio record­ings of sev­eral of them. Check it out at www.cal­i­for­nia­pi­oneers.org/news/the-ppie-set-to-mu­sic. — Kristina Melcher

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