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News Release: Oldest Printed Book in The Huntington’s Collections to Go On Display April 29

Wed., Feb. 1, 2023
“Printed in 1085: The Chinese Buddhist Canon from the Song Dynasty” will showcase a sacred 11th-century Buddhist book and explore Chinese textual history.

Pink

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023 | Wolf Burchard
There is little exaggeration in historian Richard Snow’s statement that the Sleeping Beauty Castle has become a sight “as familiar to the world as the Eiffel Tower.” The turrets were painted in shades of pink to create the illusion of the building as standing taller than its actual height.

The Soul of a Building: In the Archives with Billie Tsien

Thu., Jan. 19, 2023
Architect Billie Tsien joins Erin Chase, assistant curator of architecture at The Huntington, to view architectural materials from the library archives.
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Protecting Our Ancient Coast Live Oak

Tue., Jan. 17, 2023
The Huntington's Chinese Garden is distinctive for its old Coast Live Oaks native to California. There's one ancient oak, considered to be the oldest at The Huntington, that needed special attention as the gardens were being built around its canopy.

Forbidden Texts in Medieval Manuscripts

Tue., Jan. 17, 2023 | Heather Taylor
A collection of medical remedies doesn’t seem like the obvious place for contentious or problematic texts. Yet in England during the medieval period, certain methods of healing could be controversial.

Winter Cheer

Tue., Jan. 10, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
An array of winter-blooming plants from around the world are taking the stage at The Huntington, putting on floral performances that add vibrancy to the gardens at a time of the year that some might think is surprising.

Reflecting on 2022 at The Huntington

Tue., Dec. 27, 2022 | Kevin Durkin
As 2022 draws to a close, we invite you to look back at some of our favorite Verso stories from the past year. Below is a selection of posts, one from each of the past 12 months, highlighting what makes The Huntington such a remarkable place.
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News Release - The Huntington Acquires Thomas Pynchon Archive

Wed., Dec. 14, 2022
The Huntington has acquired the archive of American author Thomas Pynchon, considered by many to be among the greatest novelists of our time.

Making a Better World through Architecture

Tue., Dec. 13, 2022 | Lynne Heffley
What can architecture aspire to be? Award-winning architect and educator Billie Tsien has some ideas and shared them in conversation with Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence last month as part of The Huntington’s “Why It Matters” series.

Why It Matters: Billie Tsien in Conversation with Karen R. Lawrence

Tue., Dec. 13, 2022
Architect and educator Billie Tsien joins Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence to discuss how the built environment shapes individual and communal experiences, the interplay between design and purpose, and how architecture can empower future generations.
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News Release - The 320-Year-Old Japanese Heritage Shōya House Will Open in Fall 2023

Tue., Dec. 6, 2022
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will open a major new feature in its renowned Japanese Garden in the fall of 2023, when the reconstruction of a 320-year-old magistrate’s (shōya) house from Marugame, Japan, will be complete.

Race and Place in 19th-Century New York State

Tue., Nov. 29, 2022 | Tim Barringer and Graham Hodges
The monumental Portage Falls on the Genesee (ca. 1839) by the 19th-century English American landscape painter Thomas Cole (1801–1848) is at once beautiful and sublime, depicting the overwhelming scale and power of nature in a spectacular region of upstate New York.