Americade Exposition by Pat Sides


Students arrive at the Evansville Coliseum on November 2, 1955, to visit the Americade Exposition, a four-day event sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers in cooperation with the Evansville Manufacturers and Employers Association and the Evansville Chamber of Commerce. Evansville was one of only five cities in the nation selected for a premiere showing of the displays, which highlighted America’s potential for “tremendous advances in all areas of human achievement.” Attractions included simulated rides in “futuristic aircraft” and closed-circuit televisions. Nearly 20,000 people viewed the exposition, which outpaced attendance in St. Louis, Louisville, and other larger cities.