Tomorrow is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. As a research institution that’s the proud home of one of the nation’s preeminent collections of Lincolniana, we have a soft spot for the 16th U.S. president and the ever-growing body of scholarly research that continually makes new sense of his life, impact, and world. We invite you to take a little time this week to head over to our iTunes U site and listen to some fascinating folks—from David Blight to Ronald White—take on some equally fascinating Lincoln-related topics in our “Lincoln and the Civil War” and “Civil War Lives” collections.
Valentine’s Day is Thursday, and we’ve got all sorts of goodies for all you hopeless romantics—camellia-lined walks, tea for two, gurgling streams, and cozy benches in secluded spots. And keep an eye out here on Verso that day as we just might have something up our sleeve.
Thursday afternoon at 2:30, we have our Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale. Andrew Bunting, president of the Magnolia Society International and curator of the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College, will present “Magnolias for the Home Garden.” He will talk about choosing and caring for magnolias for home gardens. A plant sale follows the program. The talk is free and will be held in Friends’ Hall.
Local history buffs: we have a new exhibition opening Saturday! “Cultivating California: Founding Families of the San Marino Ranch” will take a look at the history of the ranch that eventually became The Huntington.
This weekend is also our annual Chinese New Year Festival, running from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Come ring in the Year of the Snake with lion dancers (at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.), martial arts demonstrations, mask-changing performances, folk music, children’s book readings, tea demonstrations, and more. The event is free with general admission.
LAST CHANCE: Maritime art fans and lovers of all things nautical should be sure to check out “Britain and the Sea” before it closes next Monday, on Feb. 18! It’s on view in the Works on Paper Room upstairs in the Huntington Art Gallery.
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.