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Portrait of Lynell George
President's Series: Inspired by Octavia E. Butler - A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: Lynell George in conversation with William Deverell and Karla Nielsen
Aug. 26, 2020

Writer Lynell George discusses her forthcoming book, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, and her experience in The Huntington archives, in conversation with William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute for California and the West and professor of history at...


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37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium
Sep. 11, 2020

The 37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium was presented by Huntington staff via Zoom. During the program, four brief presentations by Gardens staff provided updates about the Desert Garden Collections, discussed recent construction in the garden, and took a look at ongoing efforts to document and archive the...

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The Blue Boy Returns
Sep. 9, 2020

One of the most famous works at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, has been restored and reinstalled in the Thornton Portrait Gallery. This major conservation undertaking involved high-tech data gathering and analysis as well as more than 500...

Inside tropical greenhouse
Hdoc: Tigers in the Greenhouse
Sep. 4, 2020

In the summer of 1999, The Huntington was the focus of world-wide attention when it exhibited the first Amorphophallus titanum ever to bloom in California. That first bloom started our cultivation of this strange plant. We now have over forty mature "Corpse Flowers" and this is their story.

Curatorial Dialogues: Black Ship Scrolls and Mary Queen of Scots’ Prayer Book
Sep. 1, 2020

Two remarkable—and remarkably different—manuscripts from the Library's collections are the focus of this presentation and conversation with Li Wei Yang, Curator of Pacific Rim Collections, and Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History. Yang explores the dramatic...

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Hear and Now at The Huntington
Aug. 25, 2020

Hear and Now is a new podcast that connects the incomparable library, art, and botanical collections at The Huntington with the wider world. Join host Giovana Romano Sanchez for a series of short audio essays that explore objects and ideas found at The Huntington along with the brilliant minds behind them. What...

Detail of illuminated manuscript of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
From Parchment to Pixel: Conservation and Digitization of Illuminated Manuscripts
Aug. 19, 2020

Three panelists follow one of The Huntington's most studied manuscripts as it travels from curator to conservator to digitization team, who all work together to transform a 16th-century manuscript into a 21st-century digital tool. The lavishly illuminated manuscript was created by William Bowyer, Keeper of the...

Closeup of Red Earth
Red Earth by Lita Albuquerque
Jun. 29, 2020

As part of our Centennial Celebration, we have commissioned a temporary art installation by Los Angeles-based artist Lita Albuquerque. Installed near the southern entrance to the Japanese Garden, Albuquerque's Red Earth features an approximately six-by-four-foot rock slab marked with bright red pigment and...

Detail of map of the USA with agricultural nicknames
Distinguished Fellow Lecture: A Farmer's Nation
May 20, 2020


Christopher Clark, professor of history at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, explores how conflicts in agriculture over possession of land and slavery in 19th-century United States shaped the nation.

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Hdoc: The Photographer Versus the Spanish Inquisition
May 18, 2020

Lodewyk Bendikson was a Huntington bibliographer who became a pioneer in forensic photography. Borrowing material from scientists working at Mount Wilson Observatory, Lodewyk was able to harness the techniques of astrophotography, using them to peer into the pages of rare manuscripts, as if they were the night sky...

Detail of a rare book before 1501
Huntington Incunabula in the Digital Era - Zoom Lecture
May 13, 2020

Join Huntington staff members Stephen Tabor (Curator of Rare Books), Joel Klein (Molina Curator for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences) and Holly Mendenhall (Digital Projects Manager) for a discussion on incunabula in The Huntington's collections. These rare books printed before 1501 have long held great...

Randy Shulman
Huntington 101 - Online Series
Apr. 20, 2020

Join longtime Huntington staff member Randy Shulman for a three-part online class on The Huntington's origins, history, and renaissance as well as the background of the dramatic changes over the past 25 years.


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Hdoc: Growing Up in Downtown Los Angeles During the 1880s
Apr. 16, 2020

In 1964 an audio recording was made by a member of one of the early pioneer families of Los Angeles. In the recording, Belle Buford Thom Collins recalled growing up in 1880s Los Angeles. The interviewee's father, Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915), was Los Angeles County district attorney, mayor of Los Angeles (...