The City of Knoxville is proud to present the Centennial Conservation Expo on October 12th, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chilhowee Park. The Expo will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1913 National Conservation Exposition and celebrate a century of conservation in East Tennessee.
With historical displays, photographs and films, hands-on demonstrations and exhibits, children's activities, live entertainment, athletic competitions, multimedia presentations, and events throughout the grounds of Chilhowee Park, the Expo will showcase Knoxville's heritage and ongoing commitment to conservation.
For more information about the Conservation Expo event please visit the official website at www.knoxconservationexpo.com
Thanks to Our Sponsors
Pathway Lending, Strata-G, UT Institute of Agriculture, Moon Capital Management, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Knox Heritage, Conservation Fisheries, Inc, Visit Knoxville, Knoxville Zoo, Knoxville Area Transit, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville Recycling Coalition, Foothills Land Conservancy, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Ijams Nature Center,
Fort Loudon Lake Association, Legacy Parks Foundation, TVA, Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, Luna Creative, AIGA Knoxville, KnoxRecycles, Discover Life in America, Pathway Lending, National Parks Conservation Association, East TN Discovery Center, Avenue Factory, TN Ornithological Society Knoxville Chapter, UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries and UT Tree Improvement Program.
About the 1913 National Conservation Exposition
The National Conservation Exposition opened in Chilhowee Park on Sept. 1, 1913, with a parade from downtown Knoxville and a congratulatory telegram from President Woodrow Wilson. During the next two months, the Exposition reportedly drew more than a million visitors - especially impressive when you consider that the population of the City of Knoxville at the time was just over 35,000.
It was a showcase for the burgeoning conservation movement, highlighting issues like flooding and erosion, natural resource scarcity, modern farming techniques and preservation of wildlife. But it also featured extravagant entertainment, including elephants, fortune tellers and a zip line across the Chilhowee Park lake. Among those who attended were Helen Keller, Booker T. Washington and William Jennings Bryan. Many of the notable Knoxvillians involved with planning and organizing the Exposition went on to be involved in the movement to found the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.