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First & Foremost – the Early Freemasons Who Built Los Angeles

 

Do you know the true history of Los Angeles' pioneer days? Watch this 3-minute video and learn about the famous and not-so-famous Masons who turned a sleepy pueblo into the metropolis of Los Angeles. From Burbank to Van Nuys and from the Hollywood Sign to the LA Farmer's Market, these Freemasons left their legacy all across Southern California. 

To book a group VIP Tour or to invite a guest lecturer to speak to your Masonic or Community organization, contact the GDM Curator Sean Foran at: info@gracedeemay.org. 

Raise a Glass to Masonry

 

October 21-23, 2022 the Grace Dee May Museum brought a special exhibit to

the 173rd Annual Communication of Masons in San Francisco, California. 

The presentation included a description of the early winemakers of California and included this short video trailer. For more information about this or other programs contact the Curator Sean Foran at: info@gracedeemay.org

Celebrating the Re-Opening of our Museum

 

Sunday June 5, 2022 as a day of celebration at the Grace Dee May Museum as Most Worshipful Melvyn B. Stein, Past Grand Master of Masons in California, presided at our ribbon cutting ceremony. After two years of being locked down due to the pandemic, the Grace Dee May Museum is now open and welcoming visitors to explore our gallery and library. Curator and President, Sean Foran is now accepting reservations for private VIP group tours at: info@gracedeemay.org

All Aboard for Grand Lodge!

 

Enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco and discover what happened at the Annual Communication of California Masons who gathered at the Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill in October of 2021.

Return to the Golden Age of Hollywood

 

Hooray for Hollywood! Enjoy our video tribute to the famous actors, screenwriters, musicians, directors, and studio moguls who were proud members of the Family of Freemasonry.

Return to the Rancho Era of Old California

 

Enjoy this trailer of our upcoming video on the history of Masonry in Los Angeles. As the era of the old Spanish ranchos was facing away, Southern California was rapidly evolving as new immigrants transformed Los Angeles, a sleepy pueblo, into one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Many of the men who built the City were Masonic Brothers– Members of Los Angeles Lodge No. 42. 

Lights! Camera! Action!

 

Go backstage to meet the cast of “This Is Your Life ... Brother George Washington” in this new video from the Grace Dee May Museum. Our talented actors brought history to life in February of  2020 performing as some of America’s most famous patriots of the Revolutionary War.  

 

This event was such a hit there will surely be an encore in the near future.

American History Comes to Life

at the Grace Dee May Museum

 

A live theatrical performance of "This Is Your Life ... Brother George Washington" highlights the remarkable life and times of the Father of our Country as Washington is surprised by many of America's Founding Fathers and extraordinary patriots including Sam Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Betsy Ross and more.

 

Our 2020 Performance debuted at the Grace Dee May Museum in the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, February 16, 2020. This event was so well received by the audience we will likely schedule an encore in the near future. 

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

at the Grace Dee May Museum

 

It’s official – the Grace Dee May Museum is OPEN!.

An enthusiastic crowd applauded the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Grace Dee May Museum. Curator Sean Foran joined Seb Badoyan, Potentate of Al Malaikah Shriners, and actress-vocalist and proud member of the family of John Wayne, Shana Carr, to officially open the museum. The Grace Dee May collection focuses on the art and history of the American West with a special emphasis on the contributions of Freemasons.

 The Grace Dee May Museums located on the lower level of the Historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Celebrating OktoberSteinFest

at the Grace Dee May Museum

 

Audrey Marie Stein's collection is enormous – rare bronze, ivory, jade, and paintings but one of her whimseys was collecting beer steins.

 

In celebration of Oktoberfest, the Grace Dee May Museum hosted an "OktoberSteinFest"at the Historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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Discover Untold Treasures

at the Grace Dee May Museum

 

Keep up with the latest news from the Grace Dee May Museum by watching our video previews.

Curator Sean Foran takes you behind the scenes into the Objects Storage Room to view the preparations for the Grand Opening of the Grace Dee May Museum at the Historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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