Dr. Seuss’s original drawings from The Lorax

Dr. Seuss’s original drawings from The Lorax

Exhibit of 10 original drawings from The Lorax book

Mar 20, 2012

What: Exhibit of 10 original drawings from The Lorax© book
When: Exhibit dates: February 25 – March 25, 2012
Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: LBJ Library
2313 Red River St.
Admission & Parking: Free
Contact: Anne Wheeler, Communications Director
(O) 721-0216 (Cell) 731-2351 awheeler@lbjfoundation.org

Enjoy Dr. Seuss’s original drawings from The Lorax© book at the LBJ Library to coincide with release of the new Lorax 3D movie.

See how Dr. Seuss drew the Lorax who speaks for the beautiful truffula trees! (Austin, TX) - Little known fact – Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss, gave the original drawings from his book, The Lorax©, published in 1971, to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.

First, the history of how the LBJ Library received these marvelous drawings. The story is best told in the biography, Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel, where Giesel describes the eventful evening in spring 1970.

I was at a dinner for Democrats some years ago, and I sat next to Liz Carpenter, who was LBJ’s press secretary. Since Lady Bird was so interested in beautification, it seemed that environmental protection was a safe topic, so I mentioned that I had written a book on the subject. Liz seemed interested, but soon after left the room. When she reappeared she called me to the phone and said, “The President wants to talk to you.” I said “Hello,” and there was LBJ thanking me for donating the drawings for The Lorax© to his library in Austin, Texas.”

The LBJ Library is a much richer place as a result. To coincide with the opening of the new Lorax 3D movie, the Library will display 10 original drawings in the Great Hall, fourth floor, for a limited time.

See more art by Dr. Seuss at ART on 5th in Austin. The exhibit there features the life and art of Dr. Seuss, including 100 limited editions, and a 6 foot sculpture of the Lorax. Free admission and parking. For more, www.arton5th.com.