On Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., we have “In Thought and Action,” a free lecture in Friends’ Hall. Award-winning author Gerald Haslam will discuss his new book In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa, a biography of the late California senator who also served as president of San Francisco State University during the volatile student protests of the 1960s. A book signing follows the program. In Thought and Action is available in the Bookstore & More. This event is co-sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Helix Foundation.
The 47th annual Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale takes place over at the Botanical Center this Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hundreds of award-winning plants will be on view at this popular event presented by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Rare specimens from around the world will be showcased, including plants native to Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Botswana, Madagascar, and the Middle East. Plants and related items will be available for sale both days, with an early-bird plant sale Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Pacific Railroad Act, which gave the green light to commence construction of the transcontinental railroad across the United States. What a perfect day to come learn more about this important era in U.S. history in the exhibition “Visions of Empire: The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840—1880.” In May 2010, at a conference co-sponsored by The Huntington and the Autry National Center, historian Richard White spoke about some of the grave consequences of this legislation. You can download “Indians and Railroads,” delivered prior to the publication of White’s book Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America, over on our iTunes U site or listen to it right here.
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Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.