Hats Off To Dr. Seuss

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Whether you’re a “hat person” or no, we’d be surprised if news of this exhibition didn’t bring a smile to the lips of anyone familiar with Theodor Seuss Geisel‘s books. For the first time in history “Dr. Seuss’s” personal hat collection is on tour in an exhibit called Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!which debuted at the New York Public Library in January and will stop in six states over the next seven months.

The exhibit features 26 unique and historic hats from Dr. Seuss’s collection, along with his original artwork inspired by the collection.

The author, whose full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, started building his collection of hats from around the world in the 1930s. He kept at it for some 60 years. His hat collection wasn’t the only secret Geisel was keeping — he also had a secret stash of paintings. Both collections were hidden in the same closet in his house in La Jolla.

The hats will be making their way around the country in a specially retrofitted old-fashioned steamer trunk. The exhibit’s next stop is Northampton, Mass., close to Geisel’s hometown of Springfield.

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