Chinese Garden News - Family Memories Inspire a Generous Gift

September 01, 2012

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“Among my prized possessions are three passports belonging to my grandmother, Marian Prentice Huntington, who was the youngest of Henry E. Huntington’s four children. The passports document her travels from 1935 to 1962, when she visited many countries around the world, including Japan, India, Thailand, French Indochina, [and] Ceylon.”


Marian Prentice Huntington, 1883-1973So wrote the traveler’s namesake, Marian Huntington Schinske, after visiting The Huntington last spring. Although it’s uncertain whether her grandmother traveled to China during her lifetime, Schinske herself was delighted by The Huntington’s homage to China with its Chinese Garden—perhaps having inherited a family fascination with the Far East.


Returning home to the Bay Area after her visit, Schinske discussed with her sisters, Elizabeth Huntington and Julie Huntington de Polo, the idea of supporting the Chinese Garden. As the newest addition to the estate their great-grandfather founded, it beautifully complements the Japanese Garden he established 100 years ago. The sisters embraced the idea, and a $100,000 pledge for the second phase of construction was made through the John Brockway Huntington Foundation. The foundation was named after their father, Marian Huntington’s adopted son. An additional pledge of $100,000 was made to support the Library’s research programs.


“We are fortunate and extremely honored to have the Huntington family’s support and to recognize them on our donor wall,” said Edmond H. Pi, chairman of the President’s Council for the Chinese Garden at The Huntington. “This generosity from the founder’s family is a real vote of confidence that will speak volumes to the Chinese community, which cherishes family above all.”

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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