Really?  Stealing a plaque honoring Dr. Seuss and his first book?  According to Mass Live, the bronze plaque was bolted to a stone at 51 Mulberry Street where the famous children's author wrote his first book.  The plaque was literally pried off by thieves allegedly wanting to sell it off for few dollars at a Springfield area scrap metal dealer.  It had a simple message on it honoring the start to his incredible contributions and career.

This was the site of one of Mulberry Street’s oldest houses, circa 1830. Mulberry Street was memorialized in “AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET,” the first book authored by Springfield native Theodore (sic) Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss.

Mass Live says that Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno vows to use resources to track down the thieves while working with the parks department and Springfield Museums' officials to replace the bronze plaque.

Let’s see first if we can catch the despicable individual who did this. Little things mean a lot and this is part of Springfield’s historic lore.  We’re going to check cameras in the area and check in with local pawnshops because they are supposed to have protocols and procedures about specific items that may have been stolen.

Now for the even sadder part: the plaque didn't just disappear recently, but a couple of months ago, according to neighbors, who didn't think much of it at the time and thought it was just out for repairs. It wasn't until Don Treeger, a staff photographer for The Republican, noticed the plaque was missing and confirmed the plaque wasn't being repaired, according to Mass Live.
Springfield is home to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle.

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