Curator Lecture: "Alma Spreckels and the Founding of the Legion of Honor", by Martin Chapman
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John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
In conjunction with Veterans’ Day, and the republication of Big Alma by Bernice Scharlach, this lecture describes the story behind the founding of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor by Alma and Adolph Spreckels.
After several years of planning, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor was dedicated on November 11, 1924 as a memorial to the 3,600 Californians who died while fighting in World War I. Alma Spreckels wanted an architectural showpiece to house her collection of Rodin sculpture and French art. She was inspired by the model of the French pavilion shown at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, which was based on the neoclassical masterpiece, the Palais de La Legion d’Honneur in Paris, built in the 1780s. This talk also includes the history of Alma Spreckels’ rise to fame and how she persuaded her German-American husband to fund a museum dedicated to French art and culture.
In addition, the Book of Gold, a commemorative book created by museum founder Alma Spreckels containing the names and hometowns of all Californian servicepersons killed in World War I, will be on display.
Free after museum admission. No tickets or advance reservations required.
In honor of all of those who have served the country, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission on Veterans' Day to all veterans and active military personnel with military ID. Does not include special exhibitions.
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