New England Pavilion

The pavilion area, which consisted of a village green and a series of hexagonal buildings, included a rustic Country Store and a nautical restaurant that featured famous New England dishes. Dance, contests, and other events were held on the village green.

In a chain of six small enclosures at the entrance to the pavilion, each of the New England states - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, had exhibits that showed its scenery and cultural attractions.

The sheer breath of goods and services produced in New England unfolded in the Court of Industry and Commerce. On display were jewelry, precision- machined firearms and a model in which animated figures demonstrated the way life insurance companies contributed to the economy of American communities. An imaginary walk on the moon symbolized its modern scientific research.

Its Theme Building were diverse exhibits under the theme "Where Our Past Began, Our Future Begins." Its "Rocky Coast" exhibit, using man-made waves, duplicated the Pilgrims' first view of New England. On the walls of the display was a 24 x 12 foot transparency of the Great Beach on Cape Cod, and a greatly enlarged facsimile of a map John Smith made of New England in 1614.

"The Liberty Tree", on which Bostonians hung lanterns in pre-Revolutionary times as symbols of freedom, was reproduced in steel and plastic. On its limbs were historic documents displayed as artifical leaves. Next to the tree were five transparent cylinders containing artifacts such as an old gravestone, and quotations by famous New Englanders.

In the science area was a reproduction of Dr. Robert Goddard's first liquid propellant rocket, fired at Auburn, Masssachusetts in 1926, and microscopes showing cancer cells growing and then being killed by radiation. And a Kennedy tribute consisted of photographs of the late President.

During the course of the Fair each day, groups from different New England communities held dances, musical performances and scallop-opening contests on the Village Green. There New England craftsmen demonstrated their art and fasion shows displayed New England made apparel.

The restaurant served typical regional dishes. On wall was a 175 foot long section of the famous 1,295 foot long Whaling Panorama, on loan from the Whaling Museum of New Bedford.

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