Author Archives: Diana W. Thompson


Posted on Apr. 4, 2016 by Diana W. Thompson
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Posted on Mar. 24, 2016 by Diana W. Thompson
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In a library collection as deep as the one at The Huntington, it’s not unusual for scholars to encounter items that propel them on new paths of research. That’s what happened recently to The Huntington’s...
Posted on Mar. 14, 2016 by Diana W. Thompson
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Kyoto-based landscape architect Takuhiro Yamada stood in The Huntington’s Japanese tea garden and gazed...
Posted on Mar. 2, 2016 by Diana W. Thompson
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A major U.S. exhibition on Flemish master portrait artist Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) opens today at New York’s Frick Collection. The Huntington...
Posted on Feb. 3, 2016 by Diana W. Thompson
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The relationship between garden design and painting is the subject of “The Artist’s Garden: American...
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016 by Diana W. Thompson
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Earlier this month, a group of dedicated volunteers began the gargantuan task of pruning The Huntington’s more than 3,000 rose bushes. Hard pruning once a year keeps roses healthy and promotes blooming But...
Posted on Dec. 22, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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While most of the country braces for freezing temperatures and snow, many people in Southern California welcome the arrival of winter as their favorite season. Nighttime temperatures rarely fall below...
Posted on Nov. 19, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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Did you hear that The Huntington possesses an illuminated prayer book that fell from the hands of Mary Queen of Scots when she was beheaded in 1587? Or that the findings of German naturalist Alexander...
Posted on Sep. 15, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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By the spring of 1865, when surrenders at Appomattox, Durham Station, and elsewhere had finally delivered an end to four years of bloody battle, the American Civil War had killed a staggering 750,000...
Posted on Aug. 18, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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Huntington Explorers summer camp recently finished its 14th year at The Huntington. Each day for three weeks, children aged 5-12 explored...
Posted on Aug. 7, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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If you’re thinking of stopping by the Japanese Garden’s Seifu-an teahouse for the second-Monday-of-the-month...
Posted on May. 19, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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What happens when you try to recreate panoramic photos taken on The Huntington’s property a hundred years ago? Earlier this year, award-winning Los Angeles
Posted on May. 5, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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When Tom Carruth started as The Huntington’s E.L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collection in...
Posted on Apr. 17, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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“All the world’s a stage,” declares Jaques in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. While that may be true, there’s something to be said for an auditorium with a beautiful stage, state-of-the-art...
Posted on Apr. 3, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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Did you know that the Huntington property was once home to the first commercial avocado orchard in Southern California? That in 1910, Henry Huntington’s network of trolley cars, the Pacific Electric...
Posted on Mar. 27, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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When the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center opens on April 4, 2015, Scott Kleinrock hopes the...
Posted on Mar. 17, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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One of the first things visitors encounter in the mansion that houses the Huntington Art Gallery is a series...
Posted on Mar. 10, 2015 by Diana W. Thompson
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When it comes to aloe collecting, Karen Zimmerman’s hybrids are real show-stoppers. As The Huntington’s propagator of succulent plants, Zimmerman has had amazing success breeding striking, jagged-toothed...

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Dec. 4, 2019 by Usha Lee McFarling
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While The Huntington is celebrating its Centennial this year, it is also celebrating a very special staff member, one who has worked at the institution for a half century ...
Nov. 27, 2019 by Lisa Blackburn
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When New Year's Day dawns on Jan. 1, 2020, tens of thousands of spectators will line Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, bundled up against the morning chill to be part of a 131-year-old tradition: the annual...
Nov. 20, 2019 by Linda Chiavaroli
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"What Now: Collecting for the Library in the 21st Century," Part 1, in the Library's West Hall through February 17, offers what co-curator Claudia Funke calls "a tantalizing glimpse of The Huntington's...

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