San Diego History Center Launches Centennial Celebration with Dr. Seuss Exhibition, 11/21

San Diego History Center Launches Centennial Celebration with Dr. Seuss Exhibition, 11/21

The San Diego History Center, located in Balboa Park, will launch its 2015 Centennial Celebration year on Friday, November 21, 2014, with a marquee exhibition celebrating San Diego's renowned local author, Theodor Geisel. Entitled INGENIOUS! The World of Dr. Seuss, the exhibition, developed in cooperation with locally-based Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Chase Art Companies, will feature artwork by Geisel, some inspired by San Diego locales. This whimsical fun-filled exhibition will also include family-friendly activities based on Dr. Seuss books' underlying themes: Literacy, the Environment, Family, and Community.

"Dr. Seuss Enterprises is proud to bring this exhibition to Ted's home for the people of San Diego to enjoy," said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. "Many locals know that Dr. Seuss lived here, and while they have read his books many have not yet seen his art. This exhibition will show the community another fantastical side of Dr. Seuss."

"The History Center is proud to announce that the Navarra Family and Jerome's Furniture are the Presenting Sponsors of INGENIOUS! The World of Dr. Seuss," stated History Center Executive Director, Charlotte Cagan. "Through this generous sponsorship, the History Center will present this signature offering as part of our 2015 Centennial Celebration."

"Jerome's Furniture is honored to be the Presenting Sponsor of this unique exhibition celebrating Dr. Seuss and his connection to Southern California, families, and literacy," stated Jerry Navarra, the company's chairman and namesake. "We are particularly pleased to underwrite the launch of this exhibition in 2014, our 60th anniversary year. As a longtime San Diego family business, we support this family-friendly exhibition celebrating the work of Theodor Geisel, a fellow San Diegan, as our gift to the community and as part of the 2015 Centennial Celebration of our beloved Balboa Park. ""I read Dr. Seuss books to my children, and now I read them to my grandchildren, "continued Jerry. "They inspire and teach in such a fun way."

In describing the exhibition, Cagan stated, "This exhibition is a unique two-fold presentation: We will feature the artwork of Theodor Geisel, particularly works inspired by our locale, providing an exceptional opportunity to showcase him as a serious San Diego artist; and we will create a dynamic, immersive family experience inspired by the whimsically creative books of Dr. Seuss."
A Dr. Seuss reading nook will feature weekend readings by celebrity readers. Representing the Navarra family, Annie Navarra stated, "I eagerly join with my family in support of this exhibition of the world's most celebrated author. The Navarra family has been part of San Diego history since the beginning of the last century. I look forward to participating in the Weekend Story Hour along with other outstanding members of our community, kicked off by my brother Jerry."

Other celebrity readers include Mayor Kevin Faulconer, SDG&E Chair Jessie J. Knight Jr., UCSD Extension Dean Mary L. Walshok and a duo reading by former Mayor Jerry Sanders (now San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce head) and his wife Rana Sampson, a Union Bank official.