Stories Aboard the Aquitania

After they married in 1913, Henry and Arabella Huntington would spend several months each year in Europe, staying at the Château de Beauregard, a lavish castle located north of Paris, near Versailles. Reaching the Continent in those days meant traveling by ocean liner, and for the well-heeled Huntingtons, there was … Continue reading

Small Hands at Work

Huntington Explorers summer camp recently finished its 14th year at The Huntington. Each day for three weeks, children aged 5-12 explored The Huntington’s library, art, and botanical collections in classes about everything from the art of storytelling to the world of science. We share the experience of one instructor, Emily … Continue reading

The Missing Fleurs-de-lis

Next Tuesday is Bastille Day, when France celebrates the start of the French Revolution, which began with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. To mark the occasion, we highlight items in The Huntington’s European art collection that have been forever altered due to the revolution’s success. Located … Continue reading

Taking the Long View

What happens when you try to recreate panoramic photos taken on The Huntington’s property a hundred years ago? Earlier this year, award-winning Los Angeles photographer John C. Lewis spent a few days on the grounds to find out. His mission: capture images that approximate two 1915 panoramas from our archives—one of … Continue reading

Let’s Get Oriented

Did you know that the Huntington property was once home to the first commercial avocado orchard in Southern California? That in 1910, Henry Huntington’s network of trolley cars, the Pacific Electric “Red Cars,” stretched over 1,300 miles across Los Angeles? That in Huntington’s day, the temple bell in the Japanese … Continue reading