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Big Bridges Hall of Fame

In the basement of Bridges Auditorium is a hallway full of history.

Big Bridges Hall of Fame

In the basement of Bridges Auditorium is a long, meandering hallway lined with photos and posters, offering a history lesson about the amazing parade of celebrities who have passed through here since the facility was completed 87 years ago. Among them are international figures, from Winston Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt to the Dalai Lama and Coretta Scott King; explorers like Admiral Richard Byrd and Amelia Earhart; authors like Sinclair Lewis and Thornton Wilder; poets such as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg and Maya Angelou; comedians ranging from Bob Hope to Lewis Black; performers like Marcel Marceau and Edgar Bergen; such actors as Basil Rathbone and James Earl Jones; and great musicians from every era and musical style, including Vladimir Horowitz, Ray Charles, Andrés Segovia, Marian Anderson, Duke Ellington, Yehudi Menuhin, Dionne Warwick, Fiona Apple and Taylor Swift. The list, like the hallway, goes on and on.

Signed photo of singer Marian Anderson

Signed photo of singer Marian Anderson

 

 

 

Poster for polar explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd

 

 

 

Poster for singer Ray Charles

Poster for singer Ray Charles

 

 

 

Photo of Sir Winston Churchill

Photo of Sir Winston Churchill

 

 

 

Photo of aviator Amelia Earhart

Photo of aviator Amelia Earhart

 

 

 

Photo of author Lewis Sinclair

Photo of author Lewis Sinclair

 

 

 

Photo of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay

Photo of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay