Local history buffs: we have a free talk and book signing Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall. Elizabeth Pomeroy, author of San Marino: A Centennial History, will give a lecture about the first 100 years of the city that Henry Huntington helped found and its transition from agricultural ranchland to affluent residential community. The book signing follows the program.
Wednesday we offer “Representing Rural Society: Labor and the Landscape in an 18th-Century Conversation Piece,” another free evening lecture in Friends’ Hall. Steve Hindle, W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington, examines the economic history of 18th-century rural England using art historical evidence, placing visual representations of harvest work into the context of debates about labor, leisure, and the improvement of the landscape. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
We have a new exhibition opening in the Boone Gallery on Saturday. “When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage” looks at the art of California flora through illustrations, pressed plant specimens, and ephemera. The show is a collaboration between The Huntington, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants.
LAST CHANCE: This weekend is the final weekend to catch “Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow,” the contemporary art exhibition on view upstairs in the Huntington Art Gallery. Its final day is Monday, March 11.
Also next Monday, on March 11, you can take a peek inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered between the hours of 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month and are free with general admission.
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.