Celebrating Big Alma

March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor and celebrate women from all walks of life. And so, there is no better time to celebrate the founder of the Legion of Honor, Alma Spreckels. Alma de Bretteville Spreckels (1881–1968), known to many as “Big Alma,” was a phenomenal figure in San Francisco history. A bold, affluent, successful philanthropist, Big Alma was a force to be reckoned with from an early age.

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Why Funding for the NEA Matters

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. Without this support, many programs that we take for granted would not be possible.

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Page Views Explores Monet: The Early Years

We hope you’re enjoying our first Page Views selection, The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave The World Impressionism by Ross King (Walker & Company, 2006) as you prepare for your visit to Monet: The Early Years at the Legion of Honor. King’s work provides an approachable view into the political, social and artistic lineages of Impressionism.

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Join Page Views, Our New Book Club

You’re invited to join Page Views, a new book club at the de Young and Legion of Honor! Our goal is to deepen engagement with works on view by pairing special exhibitions with a companion text. Together, we’ll celebrate art history, literature, and the thrill of lively discussion among friends new and old.

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A Refreshed Website Experience

Today we’re launching refreshed websites for the de Young and Legion of Honor.

What is a “refresh” exactly? In our case, we focused on three specific aspects of our websites: opportunities to tell richer stories about what’s happening at the de Young and Legion of Honor, a new visual design, and a clearer focus on the unique personalities of our two museums.

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A Trompe-l'oeil Traveler

One of the most exciting aspects of working in paper conservation at the Legion of Honor is the variety of objects encountered on a daily basis. Pier Gustafson’s Father’s Suitcase is a one-of-a kind artwork that required unique treatment solutions.

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