“Someone once said that being a Huntington Fellow feeds the body, mind, and soul. During the year we receive myriad opportunities ranging from premier openings of new art and library exhibitions to exclusive dinners. We enjoy scholarly presentations in lovely settings and entertaining debates. What fun to go on a curator sneak peek of what’s new in the gardens, to be tempted by unique travel experiences, and to meet interesting people. And then comes the invitation to the Huntington Ball!”
Susan and Tom Maxwell, Fellows since 2005
2012 Fall Fellows Events
Each by Invitation
- Viewing of A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War, Sept. 29
- Reception and preview of A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War, Oct. 11
- Fall Seminar Dinner, Oct. 24
- Treasures of The Huntington event for President’s and Huntington Circle Fellows, Oct. 30
- Meet the Curator sessions featuring Jenny Watts and Olga Tsapina, Nov. 6, 13, and 27
- Fellows’ Holiday Shopping, Dec. 3, 10 .a.m-12 p.m.
For additional information, contact Judy Plunkett, 626-405-2264.
The Society of Fellows is a group of individuals who has a special interest in the intellectual and educational activities of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Fellows are integral to institutional life at The Huntington, and many contribute their time and leadership as volunteer docents, fundraisers, committee members, Overseers and Trustees.
The Huntington offers exclusive privileges to the Society of Fellows as recognition of their support. Access to the grounds during non-public hours; invitations to special events and programs, the opportunity to schedule a private, docent-led tour, as well as unique opportunities to meet and travel with curators are amongst these privileges.
Each year, Fellows contribute vital unrestricted funds that help maintain The Huntington's standard of excellence and increase its service as a dynamic education and research facility. Fellows' contributions enable The Huntington to preserve distinguished and legendary Library holdings, celebrated collections of British and American art, and the renowned Botanical Gardens. In addition, educational materials and programs for more than 25,000 school children that visit annually are made possible, in part, thanks to the generosity of the Society of Fellows.
For additional information, please contact:Judy Plunkett
, Director, Society of Fellowsjplunkett@huntington.org
A HISTORY OF GENEROUS GIVING
The Society of Fellows was established in 1973 with 82 charter households. Today, it encompasses more than 620 households. It is the institution’s premiere philanthropic group that supports unrestricted annual giving. Annual contributions have grown from $82,000 during the Society’s first year to more than $3 million today.
To recognize the dedication and vital support of the Fellows, The Huntington offers exclusive privileges. Each level of support provides Fellows with unique intellectual, cultural, and social benefits:
Levels of Annual Support
| Fellows|| $2, 500 - $4,999|
| President's Circle|| $5,000 -$9,999|
| Huntington Circle|| $10,000 and above|
| Huntington Circle - Silver|| $25,000 and above|
| Huntington Circle - Gold|| $50,000 and above|
| Huntington Circle - Platinum|| $100,000 and above|
For All Fellows:
For President's Circle - all of the above, plus:
- All the benefits of the Benefactor membership level
- Free admission for Fellows and up to six guests on any visit
- Early admittance to the Gardens, Wednesday through Monday (8 a.m.)
- Opportunity for private garden tours for family or visiting guests (by reservation and with ten days notice)
- Private consultation with curators in the field of their professional expertise
- 20% discount in the Bookstore & More
- 10% discount at the Coffee Cart and Café
- Advance notice of selected family/children's education programs
- Opportunity to use selected facilities at The Huntington for private events (fees apply)
- Opportunity to participate in a travel
program led by The Huntington's Principal Officers and Curators
- Listing in and copy of the Annual Report and Society of Fellows Roster
- Listing on the Fellows Donor Wall at The Huntington Entrance
- Annual subscription to the Calendar
- Invitation to:
- Huntington Ball
- Scholarly Sustenance, a summer lecture series
- Meet the Curator series
- Food for Thought series
- Exhibit preview receptions
- Society of Fellows Seminar Series
- Fellows Plant Sale
- Members' Events
- Conferences and Symposia
- Invitation to Moonlight and Music, a buffet supper and special musical performance
- Invitation to Treasures of The Huntington, an annual program for Circle Fellows only
- Invitation to the President's Holiday Open House
- One-week advance notice of Huntington travel programs
For Huntington Circle - all of the above, plus:
- Dinner at the President's home by invitation of the President
- 12-person dinner salon series with a visiting Huntington scholar held in private homes
- Two-week advance notice of Huntington travel programs
Individuals who wish to join the Society of Fellows may make their charitable contribution with cash, credit cards, checks or securities. We would be grateful to receive a matching gift from your company. Please contact your employer's benefit office or The Huntington Society of Fellows Office at 626-405-2264 for more information.
Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.
2012-13 SOCIETY OF FELLOW EVENTS
2012Saturday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
The Huntington Ball
An evening of dining and dancing
Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.
“A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War”
Exhibition morning reception
Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.
“A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War”
Exhibition preview and reception
Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Fall Seminar Dinner and Lecture
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.
Treasures of The Huntington
Program for President’s and Huntington Circle Fellows
Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13, and 27, Noon
Meet the Curator
Small group discussion and tour with Civil War exhibition curators Jenny Watts and Olga Tsapina
Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m.
“Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow”
Exhibition morning reception
Monday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fellows Private Holiday Shopping in the Bookstore & More
11 a.m.: Robert S. Anderson will talk about his book, The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows: The First 100 Years
January-May, (6 events) TBD
Huntington Circle Salons
Scholarly salons hosted in private homes, for Huntington Circle Fellows only
Thursday, Jan. 10, 8 a.m.
How to be a Good Nonprofit Board member
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Winter Seminar Dinner and Lecture
Jan. 29, 30, Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13, Noon
Food for Thought
Informal lunchtime program with visiting scholars
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Founder’s Day Lecture
Thursday, Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m.
“When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage”
Exhibition preview and reception
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 6 p.m.
New Fellows Welcome
A program of welcome and appreciation
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Seminar Lecture
Tuesday, Jun. 4, 6 p.m.
Moonlight and Music
Dinner and music program for President’s and Huntington Circle Fellows
June - August (8 events) TBD
A series of lectures by visiting research scholars, hosted in private homes
Sunday, July 21, 5:30 pm
Annual family fun
Dates are subject to change.
For more information, please contact Rosa Langley at 626-405-2144.