Things are really picking up speed in our effort to open the world’s first museum honoring Theodor Seuss Geisel!
We are on target to hold the grand unveiling of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in June of 2017. That year marks the 15th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden located here on our campus, and the 80th anniversary of Ted Geisel’s first work of children’s literature, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street. In fact, the real-life Mulberry Street is located only a few blocks from our downtown campus!
Work is now underway to convert the William Pynchon Memorial Building into The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss. A large whimsically-shaped archway is now in place, giving the museum an appropriately “Seussian” entrance, and the statue of The Cat in the Hat that will greet visitors has also arrived. Exhibit designers are developing stations for the first floor interactive spaces, which will feature beloved Seuss characters like The Cat in the Hat, Horton, and The Lorax.
We are also cataloging the many fascinating objects that have been donated by Ted Geisel’s stepdaughters, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates and Leagrey Dimond. Items from Ted’s drawing studio, including the desk where he created his most memorable characters, will be displayed alongside Ted’s collection of whimsical bowties and other original drawings and sculptures, most of which have never been seen by the general public.
The enthusiasm and anticipation for the new museum have spurred a wave of donations, with over $5.7 million of the $7 million goal raised to date. One of the earliest donations came in the form of pennies collected by Springfield’s schoolchildren in 2013, a testament to the civic pride felt by local residents for their hometown hero.
Please stay tuned for more important announcements as the project evolves, and consider making a donation to help us to reach our goal. Every little bit helps!