Grand Pioneers

“Reliving a Grand Idea”

In December 2009, the Grand Gala honored the Grand Pioneers – a group of community leaders of the 1970s, whose shared vision and determination restored “The Grand Old Lady of Market Street” to its original splendor and function, as created by the Masonic Hall Company.

In recognition of their hard work and dedication, we collected personal interviews, historic photos, and previous film footage to create an in-depth portrait of this determined group and their inspirational story.

Please take some time to watch this special tribute.

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Thank you, Grand Pioneers!


Pictured in front of the legendary Russell Smith curtain are:
(Standing, l-r)
Irenee du Pont May, Maxine & Jay Rosenthal, June Peterson, Don Kirtley, Judy & John Wells Gould, David Fleming, Maria Conte, Kathy Fleming, John Herdeg, Caroline Prickett, Frances Allmond, Charles Allmond, Stuart Young, Coleman Dorsey. (Sitting, l-r) Jerry & Barbie Riegel, Gov. Russ Peterson, Toni Young, Kitty (Reese) May, Bob Stoddard, Judy Herdeg, Bill Prickett, Barbara Stein


  • icon John G. Craig Jr.
    Chairman of the Board, 1972 – February 1976