Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. is “Hail to the Chief: The Americanization of Walter Scott During the War of 1812,” a free lecture in Friends’ Hall. The song “Hail to the Chief” had its origins in Sir Walter Scott’s poem “The Lady of the Lake” as the anthem to a Scottish highland clan leader. Joseph Rezek, assistant professor of English at Boston University, will describe how it became a patriotic song during the War of 1812, when Scott’s popularity was at its height in America.
Have you been out to the the Huntington Ranch yet? Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is our monthly Ranch Open House, which is free with cost of admission to The Huntington. Come enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of The Huntington’s urban agriculture site and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. The event will be cancelled in the event of rain. And be sure to mark your calendars: the next Ranch Open House will be on June 23.
We continue to celebrate Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Al Martinez in the exhibition “Al Martinez: Bard of L.A.” Columns, photos, maps, audio recordings, and letters all help tell a story of this very important Los Angeles voice. This special exhibition will only be around for another month, so be sure to stop by soon! In the meantime, check out Martinez’s blog here.
COMING SOON: We have some remarkable new exhibitions in the works. Check out the Upcoming Exhibitions page on The Huntington’s website for sneak peeks at the upcoming Roger Medearis installation and two Civil War shows!
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.