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Rep. Susan Davis Pushes for Balboa Park Commemorative Stamp

Davis said that with the centennial of the Panama-California Exhibition coming in 2015, a stamp would honor the historic event and "provide an opportunity for San Diego to once again show off Balboa Park to the rest of the world."

San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Photo courtesy Balboa Park Online Collaborative.
San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Photo courtesy Balboa Park Online Collaborative.

Rep. Susan Davis introduced a resolution on Thursday requesting a postage stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exhibition at Balboa Park.

"Balboa Park is a crown jewel in the heart of San Diego," Davis said in a statement. "It is an integral part of the lives of San Diegans and we are so proud of it. 

"As Balboa Park prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2015, this stamp will honor the Panama-California Exhibition and would provide an opportunity for San Diego to once again show off Balboa Park to the rest of the world."

From 1915 to 1917, San Diego played host to an exhibition recognizing the historic completion of the Panama Canal, which revolutionized transcontinental trade. 

Many of Balboa park's most iconic buildings were originally constructed as temporary structures for the exhibition. The park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Davis represents the 53rd Congressional district, which includes La Mesa, Lemon Grove and large sections of San Diego.

Helen Ofield January 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Excellent idea. The park is one of the world's great urban spaces, significant well beyond our borders, especially since its designers drew upon architectural and landscape history in other lands (Spain, especially).

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