Museum of the American Revolution ribbon cutting ceremony

Honoring Gerry Lenfest, Chairman Emeritus

As we mourn the loss of our Chairman Emeritus, H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, we take heart in remembering the tremendous legacy he leaves behind. His impact on the quality of life in Philadelphia and our country can be measured not only by his extraordinary generosity, but by his inspired leadership. 

The Museum of the American Revolution, housed in the Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest Building, would not exist if it were not for Gerry. Long before others saw the incredible promise of establishing such a museum, Gerry offered both his financial support and his leadership. 

He served as Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2016 and was steadfast through every challenge and unwavering in his determination. In an act of humility, he stepped down as Chairman four months before the Museum opened to the public, on time and under budget, and continued his involvement as Chairman Emeritus.

The staff and Board of the Museum of the American Revolution offer the Lenfest family our deepest sympathies. With Gerry as our inspiration, we are determined to carry forward and fulfill his vision for this Museum—to preserve the history of the Revolution and inspire rising generations with its meaning and continuing relevance.

Gerry Lenfest: A Life Remembered! 

A public celebration of Gerry Lenfest's life is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at the Academy of Music. Doors open at 9am for seating by 10:45am. Open to the public. For more information please contact:

Read about Gerry Lenfest's life and legacy in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 2016 prior to the Museum's opening, we celebrated Gerry's incredible contributions and dedication to the creation of the Museum with this video.

In lieu of flowers, the Lenfest family has asked that tribute gifts be made to institutions including the Museum of the American Revolution.