Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) introduced a resolution requesting the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to issue 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,” said Davis. “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.”
“We applaud Congresswoman Davis for making possible this colorful extension of the Centennial Celebration's worldwide brand," said Julie Dubick, chief executive officer of Balboa Park Celebration Inc.
From 1915 to 1917, San Diego played host to an exhibition recognizing the historic completion of the Panama Canal, which revolutionized transcontinental trade. With many of its most iconic buildings originally constructed as intended temporary structures for the exhibition, San Diego’s Balboa Park went on to serve as an active military installation in both World Wars, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and remains a valuable cultural and artistic center for San Diego.
Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. joined with Davis in calling for a commemorative stamp in a letter to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee in December.