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Celebrating the Successors

 

Huntington Successors

 

A new donor wall was installed in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center this spring. It prominently lists the names of every donor whose cumulative gifts to The Huntington total $100,000, $500,000, $1 million, $5 million, and $10 million. These generous donors are known as the Huntington Successors. Their ranks increased remarkably this year, with 26 new names joining the list and 11 moving up to higher levels of giving. All told, there are more than 500 Successors, and their collective lifetime gifts to The Huntington total in excess of $800 million—funds that support the institution today and that will help sustain it for generations to come.

 

The Successors were honored for their philanthropy at a special celebration that began with a reception under the dome of the new Rose Hills Foundation Garden Court. Then the real fun began: guests descended into an underground tunnel leading to the library stacks, where some 9 million manuscripts, rare books, photographs, and other objects are housed. Emerging into the Ahmanson Reading Room in the Munger Research Center, the group was treated to a private viewing of rare Medieval manuscripts related to the history of Magna Carta. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the “Great Charter,” one of the foundations of constitutional government, and The Huntington is among several institutions around the world marking this historic milestone with special exhibitions. The presentation to the Successors was a sneak preview of some of the rare treasures from the Library’s holdings selected for display in “Magna Carta: Law and Legend, 1215-2015.” The exhibition opened in the West Hall in June and continues through Oct. 12.

 

Successors got a sneak preview of rare documents from the Magna Carta exhibition with Vanessa Wilkie (left), the William A Moffett Curator of Medieval and British Historical Manuscripts, and Steve Hindle (right), W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research. Photos by Jamie Pham.

Successors got a sneak preview of rare documents from the Magna Carta exhibition with Vanessa Wilkie (left), the William A Moffett Curator of Medieval and British Historical Manuscripts, and Steve Hindle (right), W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research. Photos by Jamie Pham.

 

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