Members Make a Difference


The Huntington recognizes the contribution of every one of its Members.  Here they share their special stories of how The Huntington touches their lives and inspires them every year to support the institution with their Membership gift.



A Family’s Legacy

Michael Baldwin’s earliest memories of The Huntington are of rolling down a grassy slope and turning cartwheels on the lawn during childhood outings with his grandparents. It was his grandmother, artist Adelle Simonson, who first introduced him to Pinkie and Blue Boy and other works of art in the gallery. Today, Baldwin enjoys sharing The Huntington with his children and grandchildren, and when reflecting on the meaning of life, summed it up in a single word: Legacy...



A Sense of Home


“My first visit to The Huntington in 1967 changed my whole life,” says Milena Dostanich. At the time, she was contemplating immigrating to the United States from her native Serbia (then part of Yugoslavia) but was so unhappy she considered returning to Europe. A side-trip to The Huntington with friends, surrounded by beauty and culture, convinced her California would indeed be her new home...





Nurturing a Deeper Connection

Hildegard Lindsay discovered The Huntington soon after she immigrated to Southern California from Germany in the 1960s. She was immediately captivated by the Japanese Garden. “It was different and exotic in a very remote way,” she explains. Drawn by its quietude, she appreciated the way it presented nature improved and cultivated but not dominated by man; how it invited observation and reflection, and illustrated the spirituality inherent in Japanese tradition...

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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