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Remembering Hilary Mantel

Sept. 27, 2022 | Mary Robertson
Famed British novelist Hilary Mantel died on Sept. 22. Mary Robertson, The Huntington’s former William A. Moffett Curator of British Historical Manuscripts, remembers Mantel’s extraordinary talent and their special friendship.

News Release - “The Hilton Als Series: Njideka Akunyili Crosby” Coming to The Huntington

Sept. 15, 2022
The exhibition of works by the Los Angeles–based artist is the last in a trilogy of shows on contemporary female artists curated by The New Yorker magazine critic Hilton Als.

Waterwise Gardening: Living the Dry Life

Sept. 13, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
One of the joys of a garden is that it is a living laboratory, full of opportunities for discovery. Most home gardeners have experimented with plants, learning through trial and error which ones will thrive in their local conditions.

The Huntington Store Offers Extraordinary Gifts for the 2022 Holiday Season

Sept. 13, 2022
From handmade jewelry and a curated book selection to cool apparel, toys, and home decor, these items are in tune with The Huntington’s remarkable library, art, and botanical collections.

News Release - The Huntington’s Historic Tea Room Slated to Reopen by Spring 2023

Sept. 7, 2022
The renovation project includes the restoration of the front of the original 1911 building and a new pavilion opening onto the Shakespeare Garden.

Mutual Entanglement of New Media and the Law

Sept. 6, 2022 | Jennifer Tucker
From prints to cartoons, courtroom sketches to photographs, cinema to the internet, “new media” is a diverse and constantly evolving collection of cultural forms and technologies that shape, and are shaped by, the law.
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Beyond All Earthly Power

Aug. 30, 2022 | Olga Tsapina
In the predawn hours of May 24, 1861, the 11th Regiment of New York Infantry disembarked from steamers in Alexandria, Virginia. The men, commanded by Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth (1837–1861), who was only 24 years old, met no resistance.

A Gasteria by Any Other Name

Aug. 16, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
Gasteria species were included in the genus Aloe until 1809, when French physician and botanist Henri August Duval proposed they be moved into the new genus Gasteria, named for the slightly bulbous, stomach-like shape of the flowers.

The Allure of Aroids

July 26, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
When you step into The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science at The Huntington, you are instantly transported to another world. Consistently warm and humid conditions create a pocket of the tropics that houses a grand display of plant adaptations.

Family Archive Related to Jane Austen

July 19, 2022 | Vanessa Wilkie
In 1736, just four days before Christmas, 5-year-old Mary “Molly” Leigh wrote a formal letter to her father, Theophilus Leigh, Master of Balliol College, Oxford. The first page of the letter is ruled with straight lines to serve as guides for the novice hand, but the second page lacks them....

The Medium Is the Message: Drawing in Britain, 1750-1950

July 13, 2022
Ann Bermingham, professor emeritus at UC Santa Barbara, uncovers the methods used to create British drawings between the 17th and 19th centuries.