Posted on Oct. 16, 2019 by Bill Brown
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In the summer of 1919, from the pages of the Oakland Tribune, Professor Albert Porta predicted a "terrific weather cataclysm" for December 17—an event that would end the world ...

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Apr. 13, 2017 by Susan and
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The Huntington Library is a vast treasure box, replete with more than nine million items, including rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and maps. In addition, the Library houses a variety of oddities—such...
Apr. 10, 2017 by Jennifer A.
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One afternoon in the Library’s archive, I found a battered and scuffed photograph at...
Apr. 6, 2017 by Kevin Durkin
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The Huntington is launching the first major exhibition on the life and work of award-winning science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006), whose
Apr. 3, 2017 by Laura Dassow
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“Walden. Yesterday I came here to live.” That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place him in the...
Mar. 30, 2017
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In 2016, The Huntington launched /five, a five-year contemporary arts...
Mar. 27, 2017 by Linda Chiavaroli
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Children with autism react to sensory stimuli in very different ways. Some children on the autism spectrum are overly sensitive, while others are just the opposite. The Huntington offers a range of environments...
Mar. 22, 2017 by Courtney Skipton
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In 19th-century Britain the mere fact of being poor could land you in prison—debtors’ prison that is. The history of British prisons and how artists and architects documented the social political...
Mar. 16, 2017 by Andrew R.
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Examining a real book up close can tell us things that a microfilmed or black-and-white online image of the object doesn’t show. Scholars often discover interesting information by inspecting a book’s...
Mar. 13, 2017 by Fuson Wang
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I’ve been tracking two people in the archives of the Huntington Library whose careers reveal surprising parallels One is William Wordsworth, the Romantic-era Lake District poet who made a career of...
Mar. 8, 2017 by Diana W. Thompson
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The history of art is peppered with tales of women artists who struggled to gain the same recognition as men To shine a light on women’s artistic bounty, the
Mar. 2, 2017 by William Deverell
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At the dedication of The Huntington’s Munger Research Center in 2004 California historian Kevin Starr (1940–2017) who died in January said “Southern California contemplates itself defines itself...
Feb. 27, 2017 by Kate Lain
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Last Thursday, we let art historian James Fishburne—guest curator of “A History of Whiskers: Facial...
Feb. 23, 2017 by Ted Matson
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One of the most iconic images of California is the coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) With its rugged trunk, twisting branches, and broad canopy, it adds both power and grace to our native landscape...
Feb. 20, 2017 by Olga Tsapina
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By the time of his death on Feb. 20, 1895, Frederick Douglass had become one of the most celebrated personalities in the United States. Born a slave in Maryland around 1818, he escaped to New York in...
Feb. 16, 2017 by Kate Lain
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Even if you missed the chance last week to participate in #ColorOurCollections, a coloring extravaganza organized by The New York Academy...
Feb. 13, 2017
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Home to gorgeous gardens, spectacular art, and stunning rare books and manuscripts, The Huntington also offers an impressive slate of lectures and conferences on topics and themes related to its collections...
Feb. 8, 2017 by Diana W. Thompson
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The eastern side of the North Vista contains some of The Huntington’s oldest and most precious cultivars of camellia. William...
Jan. 30, 2017 by Jennifer A.
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At daybreak on a steamy morning last August, my husband dropped me off at the Kalaupapa trailhead on the north shore of Molokai and waved goodbye A year earlier, I had convinced my husband and two children...
Jan. 25, 2017 by Caroline Wigginton
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In 1746, Jonathan Edwards—the famous preacher, theologian, and philosopher of the Great Awakening—tried to sort through the wide variety of experiences that doubt and faith can generate. Some experiences...
Jan. 18, 2017 by Ian Haywood
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The Huntington possesses a trove of images from the golden age of British caricature—most notably by artists Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827) and Isaac Cruikshank (1764–1811). It also owns some gems...