“Someone once said that being a Huntington Fellow feeds the body, mind, and soul. During the year we receive myriad opportunities ranging from premier openings of new art and library exhibitions to exclusive dinners. We enjoy scholarly presentations in lovely settings and entertaining debates. What fun to go on a curator sneak peek of what’s new in the gardens, to be tempted by unique travel experiences and to meet interesting people. And then comes the invitation to the Huntington Ball!"

Susan and Tom Maxwell, Fellows since 2005


Society of Fellows


fellows2The Society of Fellows is a group of individuals who has a special interest in the intellectual and educational activities of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Fellows are integral to institutional life at The Huntington, and many contribute their time and leadership as volunteer docents, fundraisers, committee members, Overseers and Trustees.

The Huntington offers exclusive privileges to the Society of Fellows as recognition of their support. Access to the grounds during non-public hours; invitations to special events and programs, the opportunity to schedule a private, docent-led tour, as well as unique opportunities to meet and travel with curators are amongst these privileges.


Each year, Fellows contribute vital unrestricted funds that help maintain The Huntington's standard of excellence and increase its service as a dynamic education and research facility. Fellows' contributions enable The Huntington to preserve distinguished and legendary Library holdings, celebrated collections of British and American art, and the renowned Botanical Gardens. In addition, educational materials and programs for more than 25,000 school children that visit annually are made possible, in part, thanks to the generosity of the Society of Fellows.


To join or for more information, please contact Judy Plunkett, Director, Society of Fellows, 626-405-2264.


A History of Generous Giving

The Society of Fellows was established in 1973 with 82 charter households. Today, it encompasses more than 620 households. It is the institution’s premiere philanthropic group that supports unrestricted annual giving. Annual contributions have grown from $82,000 during the Society’s first year to more than $3 million today.



To recognize the dedication and vital support of the Fellows, The Huntington offers exclusive privileges. Each level of support provides Fellows with unique intellectual, cultural, and social benefits:


Levels of Annual Support

Fellows $2, 500 - $4,999
President's Circle $5,000 -$9,999
Huntington Circle $10,000 and above
Huntington Circle - Silver $25,000 and above
Huntington Circle - Gold $50,000 and above
Huntington Circle - Platinum $100,000 and above


For All Fellows:


  • All the benefits of the Benefactor membership level
  • Free admission for Fellows and up to six guests on any visit
  • Early admittance to the Gardens, Wednesday through Monday (8 a.m.)
  • Opportunity for private garden tours for family or visiting guests (by reservation and with ten days notice)
  • Private consultation with curators in the field of their professional expertise
  • 20% discount in the Bookstore
  • 10% discount at the Coffee Cart and Café
  • Advance notice of selected family/children's education programs
  • Opportunity to use selected facilities at The Huntington for private events (fees apply)
  • Opportunity to participate in a travel program led by The Huntington's Principal Officers and Curators
  • Listing in and copy of the Annual Report and Society of Fellows Roster
  • Listing on the Fellows Donor Wall at The Huntington Entrance
  • Annual subscription to the Calendar
  • Invitation to:
  • Huntington Ball
  • Scholarly Sustenance, a summer lecture series
  • Meet the Curator series
  • Food for Thought series
  • Exhibit preview receptions
  • Society of Fellows Seminar Series
  • Fellows Plant Sale
  • Members' Events
  • Conferences and Symposia


For President's Circle - all of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to Moonlight and Music, a buffet supper and special musical performance
  • Invitation to Treasures of The Huntington, an annual program for Circle Fellows only
  • Invitation to the President's Holiday Open House
  • One-week advance notice of Huntington travel programs
  • Dinner at the President's home by invitation of the President
  • 12-person dinner salon series with a visiting Huntington scholar held in private homes
  • Two-week advance notice of Huntington travel programs


Methods of Payment

Individuals who wish to join the Society of Fellows may make their charitable contribution with cash, credit cards, checks or securities. We would be grateful to receive a matching gift from your company. Please contact your employer's benefit office or The Huntington Society of Fellows Office at 626-405-2264 for more information. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.



Each by Invitation


Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

7 p.m.        

The Huntington Ball

An evening of dining and dancing


Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

5:30 p.m.

“Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting”

Preview and Reception


Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

8 a.m.

Financial Statements Seminar


Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 15, 2013


Meet the Curator

Small group discussion and tour with Steve Hackel


Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

4 p.m.

Society of Fellows’ 40th Anniversary

Welcoming Fellows, Families, and Friends


Monday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013


Meet the Curator

Small group discussion and tour with Catherine Hess


Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

5:30 p.m.

Library Reopening

Preview and Reception


Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

6:30 p.m.

Fall Seminar Reception and Lecture


Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

4 p.m.

Art Encounters

Program for President’s and Huntington Circle Fellows


Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Treasures of The Huntington

5:30 p.m.

Program for President’s and Huntington Circle Fellows


January- May, 2014

(6 events)


Huntington Circle Salons

Scholarly salons hosted in private homes, for Huntington Circle Fellows


Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Winter Seminar Dinner


Feb. 4, 5, 18, 19, and Mar. 4, 5, 2014


Food For Thought

Informal lunchtime program with visiting scholars


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Fellows’ Founder’s Day Lecture


Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014

5:30 p.m.

Exhibition: "Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes"

Preview and reception


Tuesdays, Mar. 18 and 25, 2014


Meet the Curator

Small group discussion and tour with David Zeidberg


Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

5 p.m.

Fellows’ Plant Sale


Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014

6 p.m.

New Fellows’ Welcome

A program of welcome and appreciation


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Spring Seminar Reception and Lecture


Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014

6 p.m.

Moonlight and Music

Dinner and music program for President’s and Huntington Circle Fellows


Scholarly Sustenance

A series of lectures by visiting research scholars, hosted in private homes

June - August

(8 events)



Sunday, July 20, 2014

5:30 p.m.

Summer Picnic

Annual family fun



Dates are subject to change. For more information, please contact Rosa Langley at 626-405-2144.


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