Happy Earth Day! Seems the perfect day for “Paving the Past: The Los Angeles River as Flood Control Device,” a free lecture that will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall. As Los Angeles grew to metropolitan maturity with the arrival of the 20th century, the tiny and generally unreliable Los Angeles River—prone to flooding with the arrival of seasonal rains—became seen as an obstacle to regional growth. And so it was paved. Bill Deverell, Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and chair of USC’s history department, explores this history and investigates the ways in which large-scale environmental projects such as cementing a river can inevitably reveal much about regional culture and identity.
Tomorrow is the 449th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and the 397th of his death. With a first folio edition of Shakespeare’s collected works and a garden bearing his name—and bust—we’re big Bard fans around here. We’ll be closed—as we are every Tuesday—but we have a selection of Shakespeare-related lectures that you can enjoy from home.
This weekend is the 39th Annual Spring Plant Sale. This year, Member hours will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Public hours are limited to Sunday only, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. The sale will be held in the botanical nursery area.
Next Monday—on April 29—we host “Anatomy of a Revolution: Understanding the Civil War’s Inner Dynamics,” a free lecture in Friends’ Hall. Bruce Levine, author of The Fall of the House of Dixie, will discuss the specific social and political forces that launched and shaped the revolutionary process of the Civil War. Levine is professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History. Lecture is at 7:30 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture.
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.