On Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. is “Andrew W. Mellon: The Life of Business and the Business of Life,” a free lecture in Friends’ Hall. Andrew W. Mellon belonged to a remarkable generation of American businessmen that included John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, and Henry Huntington. Professor Sir David Cannadine of Princeton University will describe Mellon’s remarkable and varied career as a banker, industrialist, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, art collector, and founder of the National Gallery of Art. No reservations required.
On Saturday, we open “A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War,” the first of two highly anticipated Civil War exhibitions we are presenting this fall. In an April 1864 letter to his general-in-chief, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln wrote: “And now with a brave army, and a just cause, may God sustain you.” This exhibition takes a look at the war-time debate over just what this “just cause” might have been for many of the people and populations involved in this conflict, and it does so through diaries, letters, sheet music, prints, and other materials from The Huntington’s famed Civil War collections.
Also on Saturday is our monthly Ranch Open House, running from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of The Huntington’s urban agriculture site—an area not typically open to daily visitors—and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. General admission. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follows signs to the site. It’ll be cancelled in the event of rain, but chances are, all that’s in store that day will be sunshine—and lots of it.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.