"All-American Fete Shows Melting Pot", The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Illinois, August 30, 1919

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All-American Fete

Shows Melting Pot


Forty Chicago Race Groups,

Including Indians, Ex-

hibit Handiwork.

A melting pot is the coliseum to-day, but a beautiful one. Forty racial groups representing thousands of naturalized Americans, gathered from all over the world, have erected towers and log cabins and castles wherein to show their handiwork. Paintings, statuary, weaving, delicate wood carving, violins, rugs -- all made in Chicago -- are on view, with the opening of the All-American exposition.

Girls Parade in Costume

Girls dressed in the national costumes of Greece, Poland, Norway, Alsace-Lorraine, Czecho-Slovakia, Armenia and Sweden were billed to parade the loop this afternoon, advertising the exposition. Every foreign society in Chicago was represented, and they carried American flags. Floats representing the statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam and Columbia were in the parade. The route was from Grant park north on Michigan avenue to Randolph, west to State, south to Madison, west on LaSalle, south to Jackson, east to Michigan, south to 12th street, west to Wabash, then to the Coliseum.

Indians to Sing and Dance

A band of Sac, Cherokee and Fox Indians this afternoon and to-night will sing and dance in the court of honor. They claim the place of honor in the all-American exposition. Exhibits of work done by soldiers at Fort Sheridan attracted attention. Lieut.-Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., guest of the American Legion, was to address the exposition this afternoon.

In memory of dead war heroes, of whom thousands bore foreign names, exercises will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Chancellor L. Jenks will be chairman. The Paulist choir, the All-American quartet, Mellin Pease, barytone, and the All-American orchestra will provide music. Judge David M. Brothers and Frank Alden will speak.

Community singing lead by Henry Purmert Eames, will be featured Sunday night. Grant Hadley, barytone; Lieut. Edward Ingalls, barytone, and Miss Jessie Christain, soprano, will sing. The exposition will run to Sunday, Sept. 14.