On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., we have “The Slave War of 1812,” a lecture in Friends’ Hall. During the War of 1812, more than 3,000 slaves escaped from Virginia and Maryland by stealing boats to reach British warships in Chesapeake Bay, where they were taken on board and employed. Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, and the Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow, will discuss how their help proved essential to the British coastal raids, particularly the capture of Washington, D.C. The lecture is free, and no reservations are needed to attend. BONUS: Keep an eye out here on Verso for a post related to the event.
165 years ago Saturday, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was published by Smith, Elder, and Co., and we just so happen to have on display a letter written by Ms. Brontë (and signed with her masculine pen name, Currer Bell) to a reader at said publishing firm regarding this famous novel. (You can find this letter in “Treasures of the Huntington Library,” currently on view in the Erburu Wing of the Scott Galleries.) Our library collections also house several poems and over 100 letters by Charlotte, as well as manuscript materials by her also-literary sisters Anne and Emily.
Sunday marks the 26th anniversary of the rose being declared the official flower of the United States. And fancy that, we have a lovely garden (and tea room!) dedicated to these ever-popular perennials, so if you’re out exploring the grounds, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
LOOKING AHEAD: We have two exhibitions opening and one closing down later this month. The second of our two fall Civil War exhibitions, “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War,” launches on Oct. 13 in the Boone Gallery. The following Saturday, we open “Alpine Skeletons: Marsden Hartley Silverpoint Drawings” in the Scott Galleries. “Royals, Courtiers, and Confidants” will end its run in the Works on Paper Room of the Huntington Art Gallery on Monday, Oct. 29.
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.