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Celebrating the Lilienthal Society at Arion Press

In partnership with legacy business Arion Press and the San Francisco Symphony’s Community Engagement Program, San Francisco Heritage hosted a special event on August 21, 2022 for beloved and honored members of our “Lilienthal Society,” which represents past board and staff members of SF Heritage who have continued to advocate on behalf of the city’s historic and cultural resources.

Legacy Business Registry certificate for the Lyra Corporation displayed inside Arion Press, 1802 Hays Street. In 1979, then proprietor and publisher Andrew Hoyem registered Arion Press as the Lyra Corporation, and the corporation in turn acquired Mackenzie and Harris Typography in 1989, renaming it M&H Type and helping preserve its collection of Monotype and other historic typecasting equipment.
Rebecca Lilienthal Schnier, a founding member of the Lilienthal Society, introduces a short program inside Arion Press.

We celebrated two new inductees at this special event, Nancy Gille and Douglas Tom, FAIA, both of whom served on the Board of Directors of SF Heritage and continue to be actively engaged with our organization.

Arion Press’s Ted Gioia gives the Lilienthal Society a tour of the facility’s bookbinding room.
Gioia explains the typecasting process.
Historic printing equipment inside Arion Press’s Presidio facility.

Guests were treated to a tour of Arion Press’s working facility in the Presidio of San Francisco, where the business produces beautiful, limited edition handprinted fine artist books. Arion Press’s work is supported by the non-profit Grabhorn Institute, designated an “irreplaceable cultural treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Institute houses an extensive and historically significant collection of metal typefaces and associated ornamental cuts, and supports the only paid apprenticeship program in typecasting, letterpress printing and bookbinding in the country.

Lilienthal Society members also experienced an incredible musical performance by SF Symphony bassist Charles Chandler and cellist Amos Yang, who shared histories of their instruments (dating from the 17th and 18th centuries) and the composers of the music they played.

Thank you to our partners and Lilienthal Society members for this wonderful event!

If you are interested in learning more about the Lilienthal Society, please email

SF Symphony bassist Charles Chandler and cellist Amos Yang perform inside Arion Press. SF Heritage photo.
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