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Cataloging in the Time of COVID
Jan. 13, 2021

Cataloging in the Time of COVID: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How The Huntington's American History Materials Are Made Accessible by Archival Processing

Join three panelists for a behind-the-scenes look at how a recent acquisition of American history materials—the Shapiro collection—came to...


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Strange Science: Tales from the Vault
Oct. 31, 2020

Discover the eerier side of The Huntington in a virtual event where curators and botanists share rarely seen objects and otherworldly stories from deep inside the collections. Enter a mysterious world of ghoulish characters, bizarre plants, and devilish elixirs and treats you can make at home.


The Past and Future of The Huntington's Asian Gardens
Oct. 29, 2020

For this presentation, James Folsom, the Marge and Sherm Telleen/Marion and Earle Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, recounts the physical and intellectual origins of Liu Fang Yuan, reminding us of the many people, ideas, and activities that brought this garden and endeavor to its current state. To...

What Is a Second Edition? A Pictorial Introduction to Bibliographical Terms
Oct. 21, 2020

In this webinar, Huntington Curator of Rare Books Stephen Tabor explains how printing technology developed from the hand-press period to the early 20th century, shows how to spot different typesettings and impressions, and explores how basic bibliographical terms have been used variously by book historians,...

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The Past in the Present: America’s Founding and Us
Oct. 17, 2020

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the nation's premier authorities on the Founding era, discusses how Americans today deal with problematic historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, in the inaugural lecture for the...

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The Huntington Library at One Hundred and One: Eleven Million Items and Still Counting
Oct. 16, 2020

Huntington curators share stories about some of the Library's most remarkable and surprising acquisitions. This program is presented by Rare Books LA.

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Waves of Calamity: Race, Water, and Power in the Evolution of Slavery's Memory
Oct. 14, 2020

Dr. Sowande' Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, reconstructs the significance of water and power in how slavery is remembered, exploring the roles of bondpeople, sailors, and slave ship surgeons during the centuries of racial...

Fragrant Rhythms: The Seasons of Liu Fang Yuan
Oct. 11, 2020

Tang Qingnian 唐慶年, the 2019 Cheng Family Visiting Artist at The Huntington, screens the video artwork that has been the focus of his yearlong residency. A conversation with the artist follows a virtual screening of his new video. A new musical work composed by pipa virtuoso Wu Man 吳蠻 and shakuhachi artist Kojiro...

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The Pleasures of Chinese Gardens
Oct. 8, 2020

Phillip E. Bloom, June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies, examines a selection of gardens from Song-dynasty (960–1279) China that explicitly thematized both the sensual and intellectual pleasures of gardening. The talk argues that close...

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Confederate Infamy
Sep. 23, 2020

Robert Bonner, professor of history at Dartmouth College, probes the deep history of the images, words, and ships that cast odium on the slaveholders' rebellion of the 1860s. This lecture is a Rogers Distinguished Fellow's Lecture in Nineteenth-Century American History.

The Early Modern Global Caribbean: Virtual Conference
Sep. 18, 2020

The Caribbean played a central role in the global transformations that began in the fifteenth century. This conference explores the regional, Atlantic, and World approaches to the Caribbean, and what they each mean for thinking about the transformations within and beyond the Caribbean between ca. 1500 and 1800....

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...