Free Library of Philadelphia
1.  What is the origin of "Lucy the Elephant," the famous building in Margate, N.J.?
The elephant building was an attraction at the Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876, and was moved to Margate in 1882 as a real estate promotion. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Source: Phila. Evening Bulletin, 4/29/48
2.  Where was the Centennial Exhibition held?

The Centennial Exhibition was the International Exhibition which was held in Fairmount Pak in Philadelphia. It opened on May 10, 1876 and was host to 9,010,916 visitors. It closed on November 10, 1876.

Source: Famous First Facts: A Record of First Happenings, Discoveries, and Inventions in American History, 1997, p.125, Joseph Nathan Kane, 031.02 K132F 5th ED

3.  Where did the first public demonstration of the telephone occur?
The first public telephone demonstration was in Philadelphia at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. It later traveled as part of the "America's Smithsonian 150th" anniversary exhibition.

Source: Welcomat 7/10/91/// Phila CultureFest Trivia Quiz
4.  What are the exact dates of the Centennial Exhibition?

It was opened by Ulysses S. Grant on May 10th, 1876 and closed on November 10th of the same year. Its attendance was 10 million people, which was more than twelve times the population of Philadelphia at the time.

Source: Public Art in Philadelphia, 1992, p.51, Penny Balkin Bach, 709.7481 B122P

5.  What were some of the items on exhibit at the Centennial Exhibition?
Among the mechanical devices were typewriters, electric lamps, the Corliss Steam Engine , which provided power for the Exhibition, and Alexander Graham Bell's invention, which he publicly demonstrated for the first time, the telephone.

Source: Fairmount Park, a History and Guidebook, 1974, p.29, Esther M. Klein, 917.481 K672f
6.  In what city was the first Women's Declaration of Rights unveiled?
Susan B. Anthony presented it in 1876 in Philadelphia. In order to call attention to it, she led a march of various suffrage organizations to the Centennial Exhibition, which was being held at the same time.

Source: Philly Firsts: The Famous, Infamous, and Quirky of the City of Brotherly Love, 1999, p.8-9, Janice L. Booker, 974.811 B644P
7.  What building in Philadelphia houses a detailed scaled model of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition?

It is housed in Philadelphia in the basement of Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Source: Workshop of the World: A Selective Guide to the Industrial Archeology of Philadelphia, 1990, p.11:7, The Oliver Evans Chapter of The Society for Industrial Archeology, 900 W892o

8.  What Smithsonian museum was constructed to exhibit materials acquired from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia?
The Arts and Industries Building was built for this purpose.

Source: Philadelphia CultureFest Trivia Quiz Questions
9.  What Philadelphia University owns "The Gross Clinic", a painting by Thomas Eakins of Dr. Samuel David Gross in surgery?

The painting, considered today to be a masterpiece, is now owned by Thomas Jefferson University. It was considered too graphic to be hung with the fine art during the Centennial Exhibition, so instead it was allocated to the U.S. Army Post Hospital Exhibit.

Source: Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen's Manual, 1995, p.19, Kenneth Finkel, 974.811 P53AA

10.  What was the Centennial Exhibition which was held in Philadelphia in 1876?
It was a fair to celebrate the Centennial, or 100-year anniversary, of the Declaration of Independence. Held in Fairmount Park on over 300 acres, it hosted 38 foreign nations and 39 States and Territories. 274,919 visited the site in one day.

Source: Morgan. City of Firsts.
11.  What is Memorial Hall?

Memorial Hall was the art gallery of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, and it is one of the few buildings from the Exposition that still stand in Fairmount Park. It stands as a monument to the celebration of the nation's industrial achievements in the first one hundred years.

Source: Workshop of the World: A Selective Guide to the Industrial Archeology of Philadelphia, 1990, p.11:7, The Oliver Evans Chapter of The Society for Industrial Archeology, 900 W892o

12.  At the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia, what neoclassical work was exhibited by Edmonia Lewis, the first female sculptor of African and Native American descent in America?
Edmonia Lewis's statue "The Dying Cleopatra" was exhibited and lauded for its humanistic realism.

Source: Public Art in Philadelphia, 1992, p.49, Penny Balkin Bach, 709.7481 B122P