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Ferris Wheel & Lightbulbs: The Chicago World’s Fair


Have you ever ridden a Ferris wheel? Or chewed on a piece of Juicy Fruit gum or turned on a lightbulb? Join host JoAnn Schinderle and explore the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, where all of these items and many more debuted. From Nikola Tesla’s life-changing AC electricity to hot air balloons, the incredible inventions and ideas from this once-in-a-lifetime experience changed the way we live today. Along with the good, discover the harder truths about America in the late 19th century and learn about the fight for equality at the fair.

About the Host

JoAnn Schinderle is a stand up comic, actress, writer, and live show producer living in Los Angeles, but she will never let you forget her sturdy Midwestern roots. She has high hopes of landing her dream job of writing inspirational quotes into all product packaging.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.