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Objects, Pathways, and Afterlives

The Huntington’s “Objects, Pathways, and Afterlives: Tracing Material Cultures in Early America” conference brings together scholars and practitioners to reflect on the historical and present-day meanings of tangible materials.

Gardening the Earth: Plants and People for the Future

Mon., April 17, 2023
Stephen Blackmore, renowned botanist and chair of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, emphasizes the pivotal role of plants and botanical gardens in addressing the world's environmental challenges, offering practical solutions and highlighting the significant contributions of institutions like The Huntington.

The Spectacular Rise of Alice Spencer

Tue., April 11, 2023 | Kevin Durkin
One of the most powerful women of Tudor and Stuart England, Alice Spencer rose to become the matriarch of one of the most prominent families in British history. The story of her ascent is the subject of “A Woman of Influence,” the first book by The Huntington’s Vanessa Wilkie.

The Magellan Exchange: How America and China Have Made Each Other

Fri., April 7, 2023
Andrés Reséndez, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, and the Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow, discusses how America and China have gone from enthusiastic trading partners to strategic rivals in only a decade, the latest twist in a much deeper history spanning half a millennium.

Shapiro Book Prize Lecture: “Happy Dreams of Liberty”

Fri., April 7, 2023
2023 Shapiro Book Prize winner R. Isabela Morales discusses the significance of writing family history, the challenges of tracing the lives of enslaved people, and the incredible cache of unpublished letters and legal documents that forms the archival core of her book "Happy Dreams of Liberty."

Time Traveling in Gloria Molina’s Papers

Tue., April 4, 2023 | Susan Turner-Lowe
The Huntington is proud to hold Gloria Molina’s papers—a trove of 1,300 boxes—as they document an important swath of California history and the legacy of a woman who broke barrier after barrier in the political and social sphere.

The Dirt on Water Conservation

Tue., March 28, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
Heavy rains this winter made the prospect of drought seem far away, and perhaps even improbable. The record levels of precipitation will provide short-term drought relief, to be sure, but long-term water supply challenges for our region persist.

Asian American Experiences in California: Past, Present, Future

Thu., March 23, 2023
This symposium brings together scholars, public intellectuals, and community leaders to reflect on Asian American histories and experiences in California.

Stories We Tell

Tue., March 21, 2023 | Sandy Masuo
This year’s Founders’ Day event was a lively departure from previous programs. Rather than spotlighting a single narrative to celebrate, it featured a suite of stories from across The Huntington’s collections.

News Release - The Huntington’s Historic Tea Room to Reopen May 24

Tue., March 21, 2023
The original 1911 building has been restored and a new outdoor pavilion opens onto the Shakespeare Garden. Press Preview on April 24. Dining reservations can be made beginning May 10.

Stories We Tell: Founders’ Day at The Huntington 2023

Tue., March 21, 2023
In honor of Founders’ Day 2023, The Huntington and The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West present a mix of serious and quirky stories demonstrating the broad range of The Huntington's collections.

Highlights from Stories We Tell: Founders’ Day At The Huntington 2023

Tue., March 21, 2023
Highlights from "Stories We Tell: Founders’ Day At The Huntington 2023"