Historian Andrew Zellers-Frederick, Executive Director
of the Masonic Library and
Museum, has won the 2008
Hunter-Burley Award of the
Small Museum Association. The
award recognizes "an individual's outstanding contribution to the advancement of public access and professional growth for an individual institution."
Zellers-Frederick first helped
to overcome obstacles of security
and tradition to have the Grand
Entrance open to the public every
day, not only for special events.
He has increased the number of
private and special public events:
in 2007, there was a conference on Bro. Marquis de Lafayette in
celebration of his 250th birthday, and a lecture by Dr. David Valuska,
emeritus professor of history at Kutztown University, impersonating
Bro. Baron von Steuben. In 2006, there were events related to the
300th Anniversary of Bro. Benjamin Franklin's birth and the 250th
anniversary of William Rush, the first native-born American sculptor
of whose works the Masonic Temple houses the largest collection
in the world. In addition, there was a small exhibit celebrating Bro.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday.
Zellers-Frederick has increased the number of tours and is
proposing several theme tours, based on specific topics (i.e. architecture,
portraiture, interior decorating, stonework and ironwork, etc.).
Thriving under the able management of Mrs. Carole Alfe, the Gift
Shop, "Temple Treasures," has been reorganized, and the Masonic
Temple building is undergoing major evaluation, restoration and
preservation, even as it has been used in the filming of historical