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Conservator working on restoring Blue Boy
Video
Restoration of The Blue Boy
Mar. 27, 2020

The restoration of "The Blue Boy" by Thomas Gainsborough is complete. As we await Blue Boy's public unveiling, Christina Nielsen reflects on the project.

 

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Cover of Thomas Cromwell book
Lecture
Thomas Cromwell: Getting Past the Myths
Jan. 21, 2020

Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, emeritus professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St. Cross College, introduces his ground-breaking biography of the self-made statesman who married his son to King Henry VIII's sister-in-law, reshaped Tudor England and Ireland, and set the kingdom on...

 
19th Century photograph of Biddy Mason
Lecture
The Trials of Biddy Mason
Jan. 16, 2020

Sally Gordon (University of Pennsylvania) and Kevin Waite (Durham University) explore the role of the Mormon Church and the spread of slavery across the continent in the mid-19th century through the life of Bridget "Biddy" Mason.

 
J. Goldsborough Bruff sketch
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Eavesdropping on the Gold Rush
Jan. 13, 2020

J. Goldsborough Bruff was a cartographer who got gold fever and went west to California in 1849. Like most everyone else, he found no gold, but he left behind something truly unique. And one hundred years ago Henry Huntington acquired it for the library.

 
Portrait of Meg Whitman
Lecture
Centennial Paul Haaga Jr. Program on American Entrepreneurship
Jan. 13, 2020

Paul G. Haaga Jr., Huntington Trustee emeritus, chair of the board of NPR, and retired chair of Capital Research and Management Company, in conversation with Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi, former president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and eBay Inc., and 2010 Republican nominee for governor of California.

 
Huntington 100th rose
Lecture
The 'Huntington's 100th' Rose
Jan. 9, 2020

Rose hybridizer Tom Carruth, the E. L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collections at The Huntington, discusses how he developed his newest floribunda, 'Huntington's 100th', named in honor of the institution's Centennial Celebration.

 
Portrait of Isaac Newton
Lecture
Counterfeiting Science: The Uses of Evidence in the Newton-Leibniz Priority Dispute
Jan. 8, 2020

Rob Iliffe, professor of the history of science at the University of Oxford, discusses two little-known documents that reveal how Isaac Newton's approach to prosecuting contemporary counterfeiters as a warden of the Royal Mint was closely related to his strategy for revealing the corruption of Christianity.

 
Conference
John Ruskin: 19th-Century Visionary, 21st-Century Inspiration
Dec. 13, 2019

This conference introduces British art and social critic John Ruskin to a modern audience and makes the case for his continuing relevance in our own troubled time.

 
Negro Trailblazers of California by Delilah Beasley
Video
Beside the Edge of the World: Artist Spotlight
Dec. 13, 2019

Go behind-the-scenes with Rosten Woo, Dana Johnson, and Nina Katchadourian, as they explore The Huntington's collections through the lens of Thomas More's "Utopia." Their research informed new works created for the exhibition "Beside the Edge of the World."

The exhibition was co-curated by Clockshop as part...

 
Lecture
Benjamin Franklin: The Never-Completed American Founder
Dec. 11, 2019

Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, revisits The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which was one of Henry Huntington's most prized manuscript acquisitions. Franklin tells a tantalizingly open-ended story about his life because the manuscript was...

 
Cover of L.A. Mexicano
Lecture
Our Common Table: A Journey Through L.A.’s Flourishing Culinary Communities
Nov. 23, 2019

Bill Esparza, author of "L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People & Places," and Elisa Callow, author of "The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Eating on L.A.'s Eastside," join award-winning journalist and L.A. chronicler Val Zavala in a Q&A about L.A. food culture. 

 
Inside a tropical plant greenhouse
Video
Pollinating Blue Boy
Nov. 21, 2019

For one hundred years The Huntington has been spreading knowledge like pollen, helping scholarship bloom into exhibitions and publications. Sometimes the right pollen is hard to get though, that's why it's good to have friends who can help.

 
Garden at Alcatraz
Lecture
Outstanding American Gardens: What are They, Where are They, and How Can They be Saved?
Nov. 17, 2019

James Brayton Hall, president of the Garden Conservancy, examines what America's gardens say about our culture and how new approaches pioneered by the Conservancy are helping to protect and document these landscapes for the future. Several examples of West Coast gardens are highlighted, including remarkable...