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Posted on Jan. 16, 2019 by Nicholas Menzies and Phillip E. Bloom
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In just three characters, Terry Yuan's calligraphic Terrace that Invites the Mountain—now carved into a rock in The Huntington's Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan—captures one of the key principles...

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Jan. 11, 2019

A massive crowdsourcing project is digitizing thousands of coded Union telegrams

 
To gain insights into the U.S. Civil War, The Huntington launched an innovative crowdsourcing...
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Jan. 10, 2019
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Jan. 10, 2019
The famous poet paid an unheralded visit to the Library in 1932 to view his manuscripts
 
On Oct. 8, 1923, P. K. Foley, a well-known Boston bookseller and bibliographer, wrote a...
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Jan. 10, 2019

Two 15th-century panels from an Italian wedding chest tell a tale of passionate love

 
Newly married couples in 15th- and 16th-century Italy—like newlyweds today—could expect...
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Jan. 9, 2019 by Norman Jones and Paulina Kewes
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On March 24, 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died, and James VI of Scotland was proclaimed James I of England. There was widespread relief and rejoicing that the transition happened so smoothly ...
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Jan. 4, 2019

The garden's curator contemplates its poetry

 
With the start of the final phase of the Chinese Garden’s construction, we asked the garden’s curator, Phillip E. Bloom, who...
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Jan. 4, 2019

A collection of correspondence yields insight into the Seven Years' War

 
On Nov. 13, 1756, James Grahame hastily scribbled a letter at his London residence. The note, addressed...
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Jan. 4, 2019

The distance between Mexico and the U.S. can't always be measured in miles

 
For generations, Mexican migrants hoping to expand their possibilities have had to bridge the emotional...
Verso
Jan. 2, 2019 by Lynne Heffley
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Tall and amiable, wearing glasses, his hair tied back in a pony tail, contemporary artist Tang Qingnian 唐慶年 stands in The Huntington's Rose Hills Garden Courtyard on a sunny day in early Nov....
Frontiers
Dec. 28, 2018

Kathleen Quinn's elegant drapes accent the renovation of a grand staircase

 
In advance of The Huntington’s Centennial celebration, which gets under way in the fall of 2019,...
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Dec. 26, 2018 by Kevin Durkin
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As the year draws to a close, we invite you to revisit a dozen of our favorite stories from this year's Verso offerings. ...
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Dec. 19, 2018 by Linda Chiavaroli
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Countless novelists, composers, poets, and playwrights have sourced Italy's Venice for their creations. Somewhat less prominent on the cultural radar are the visionary developers, marketing-savvy citrus...
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Dec. 13, 2018 by Usha Lee McFarling
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For years, the boxy myrtle hedges running through the heart of the Rose Garden have concerned Tom Carruth, the E.L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collections at The Huntington. ...
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Dec. 12, 2018
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Dec. 6, 2018 by Stephen Bending and Jennifer Milam
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What do we mean by an "English," a "French," or an "American" garden? What are the differences between them in the early modern transatlantic world, and what might they—or those who experience them—still...
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Dec. 3, 2018 by Vanessa Wilkie
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The family feud between England's Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603) and her cousin, the Scottish Queen Mary (1542–1587)—not "Bloody" Mary, Elizabeth's half-sister—has fascinated people since the...
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Nov. 29, 2018 by Thea Page
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Something rare and golden will be unveiled in the Huntington Art Gallery this weekend. Beginning Dec. 1, four tempera-with-gold-leaf panels from an altarpiece by Florentine Renaissance master Cosimo...