Welcome to This Week at The H, a new weekly feature here on the blog. Stop in each Monday to find out what’s happening throughout the week at The Huntington!

Tonight at 7:30, we’ve got a talk and book signing by historian Richard Orsi:The Iron Horse in the Garden: Railroads and the Western Environment.” Orsi, author of Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 18501930, will discuss his research into the environmental legacy of western railroads. This free event will take place in Friends’ Hall.

Thursday afternoon at 2:30 is the Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale. Ron Serven, San Marino’s environmental services manager, will present “The History of Lacy Park.” Come explore the history of this local park and learn about some of its distinguished trees. Plant sale will follow the talk. This event is also free and will take place in Friends’ Hall.

Thursday night at 7:30 is Faeries, an illustrated lecture by Robert C. “Roy” Ritchie, senior research associate at The Huntington and the former W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research. He will speak on fairies as a popular subject in 19th-century art. If you’re in the mood for a little pre-lecture reading, we’ve got a couple of blog posts featuring Ritchie, and you can find those here and here. This free lecture will be held in Friends’ Hall.

Friday is National Public Gardens Day! Stop by and take a stroll through the newly reopened Japanese Garden, take in the sights and scents of the Rose Garden, and wander through the dreamy cloud forest in the Conservatory. And if you can’t join us in person, you can always take a virtual tour through the garden blooms at our Flickr photostream!

We also have a free lunch-hour concert in Friends’ Hall on Friday. Composer and pianist Amanda Harberg and violist Brett Deubner will perform work by Harberg from noon to 1 p.m.

Saturday is National Train Day, a perfect day to head over to the “Visions of Empire” exhibition in the Boone Gallery. The exhibition includes original letters, diaries, and photographs, and features an impressive interactive learning space that brings alive this chapter of U.S. train history in playful new ways.

LAST CHANCE: This is the last weekend for the “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” exhibition. Come see these stunning works of art over in the Chandler Wing of the Scott Galleries before they leave!

Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.

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