This Week at The H is a weekly feature here at Verso. Stop in each Monday to find out what’s happening throughout the week at The Huntington!
LAST CHANCE: Today is the final day to catch “A Just Cause,” our Civil War manuscript show examining the complex roots of that nation-defining conflict through letters, diaries, and print ephemera from the time. Also closing today is “Alpine Skeletons,” a collection of silverpoint drawings by American artist Marsden Hartley. And this is the very last week of “A Strange and Fearful Interest,” the Civil War photography exhibition featuring over 150 works from The Huntington’s collections. But while that show finishes its run a week from today, its web component—which makes available online an impressive array of digitized photographs and interpretive components from noted Civil War scholars and contemporary artists—will remain online.
Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall is “Just for the Smell of It,” this month’s Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale. Have modern roses lost their perfume? Rose hybridizer Tom Carruth, the E. L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collection at The Huntington, will discuss how the genetics of the rose combined with historical market demands have led to some loss of fragrance over time. A review of several different roses and their scents will reveal how today’s hybrids compare to earlier varieties. A plant sale follows this free program.
Saturday is noted American writer Jack London’s birthday. You can see a handwritten page from London’s Martin Eden manuscript in “Treasures of the Huntington Library” in the Erburu Wing of the Scott Galleries. And you can read an excerpt from the 2010 book Jack London, Photographer—co-penned by Huntington curator Sue Hodson—in a back issue of Huntington Frontiers magazine.
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.