Steve Edison's lifelong dedication to history includes more than 40 years of participation in historical organizations. He has led an existence of enriching experiences, contributing to a re-creation of the 1904 World's Fair and a challenge to the traditional teachings of the slavery era. As President of the International Folklore Federation of Greater St. Louis from 1967 to 2004, Steve Edison was dedicated to educating the public about the rich history of St. Louis, Missouri. Individuals from more than 50 countries comprise St. Louis' cultural landscape, and more than 950 artists representing these roots congregated in St. Louis in 2004 for the centennial celebration of the World's Fair. Steve Edison helped launch the event, which commemorated the 1904 Louisiana Purchase and included 45 exhibits that celebrated St. Louis' rich history. Steve Edison founded the Abolition News Network in 2006. The DVD-company shares educational materials about the United States slave area. The seven-DVD set is described as objective and an alternative to the traditional school teachings about slavery. Steve Edison's series for teachers comes with supplemental educational material and features actors who portray historical figures from the 18th and 19th centuries. Steve Edison earned his Bachelor's degree in literature from Antioch College in 1960, launching his long-term interest in history. His commitment to his country is evidenced by his years in the Army, where he worked in his battalion's office. Dedication to family is another of his attributes, and he worked in his family retail businesses for 25 years. Ever the self-starter, Steve Edison later established his own retail business, which he ran for five years.
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