Exhibit Showcases 100 Years of Service for Long Beach Day Nursery

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Long Beach Day Nursery Historical Exhibit

The Long Beach Day Nursery historical exhibit will be on display until the end of December 2012, at the Historical Society of Long Beach.

More than 200 guests attended an opening evening reception of the 100th Anniversary Historical Exhibit of Long Beach Day Nursery (LBDN) at the Historical Society of Long Beach last month. The reception kicked off a year-long celebration of LBDN’s 100th Anniversary Tea for Tots that includes a series of special events such as the 100th Anniversary Tea at Rancho Los Alamitos on May 12, and an Anniversary Gala at the Long Beach Marriott on November 10.

The exhibit features LBDN’s rich history through framed photos from LBDN’s archives, and highlights from the past 100 years. There is also a vintage toy and quilt collection on display from LBDN and private individual collections. A number of congratulatory certificates, proclamations, and a letter from Governor Jerry Brown will be on display during the year. LBDN is recognized as the oldest, continuously licensed private social welfare agency in California.

During the reception a brief formal program was opened by Melanie Werts, Chairman of the Board of LBDN and Chair of the 100th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee. Dr. Robert Garcia, Councilmember 1st District of Long Beach, presented Werts with a proclamation from the City of Long Beach recognizing LBDN for its continued commitment in giving the children of Long Beach their best start in life since 1912. Kathy Kirchhoff, daughter of Mary B. Soth, Director Emerita, accepted a special award on Mary’s behalf. The award was given to Mary for her life-long dedication toward early childhood education.

The LBDN exhibit will be on display until the end of December 2012, at the Historical Society of Long Beach and is open to the public. Check the Historical Society of Long Beach website at www.hslb.org for their open hours.

Long Beach Day Nursery was founded in 1912 by a group of prominent Long Beach women who felt that working mothers needed quality child care – a radical idea at the time since very few women worked outside the home. One hundred years later, the mission – to provide quality early care and education to young children of working parents – could not be more relevant. And over the years, Long Beach Day Nursery has become the premier early childhood education solution, dedicated to the belief that tomorrow begins today. For more information about the programs and services of the Nursery contact Eileen Factor, director of development & communications at 562-591-0509, ext. 112 or efactor@lbdn.org. Long Beach Day Nursery – Ahead of its time. Behind every child.

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