Introduction

Conceptual design Historic Springfield and 74 Fairfield Street
Conceptual design Historic Springfield and 74 Fairfield Street

When visitors enter the museum, they will first see a larger-than-life-sized book with the exhibition title and introductory message. The book resembles Dr. Seuss’s first story, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. Visitors will be greeted by the figure of Marco from the book and will learn how Springfield, Ted Geisel and imagination come together in the stories that he wrote. While on Mulberry Street, kids will also have a chance to write their own letter to Dr. Seuss.

After exploring the Mulberry Street mural, visitors enter the exhibition proper. This initial room emphasizes Theodor Geisel’s connection to Springfield, featuring the façade of his childhood home at 74 Fairfield Street as well as prominent historical buildings. The public landmarks denote familiar sights and important moments in Ted’s youth. In many cases, the buildings may have become the basis for later illustrations.

Mulberry Street MuralMulberry Street Mural

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