Interns’ Impressions

Over the past summer, 18 interns from universities across the country worked with The Huntington’s library, art, and botanical collections. One of the interns, Connell Boken, is a sophomore at Whitman College in Washington. A Pasadena native, Boken got to know The Huntington by going to its summer program, Huntington … Continue reading

Volunteering to Decipher Paul Conrad

Meet Huntington volunteer Dennis Harbach. Over the past two years, Harbach has laughed, cried, and winced his way through the gargantuan task of producing searchable metadata for the satirical cartoons in the Paul Conrad papers. Paul Conrad served as chief editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times from 1964 to … Continue reading

Bookended by a Pair of Awards

Earlier this month, Adria L. Imada won the annual Lawrence W. Levine Award from the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American cultural history, Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire (Duke University Press). The awards committee noted: “Through nuanced readings of diverse bodies of evidence—interviews … Continue reading

LECTURES | Shedding New Light on Old Manuscripts

With their high-tech lighting equipment and software, Greg Bearman and Ken Boydston can reveal hidden text in old, darkened manuscripts. Called spectral imaging (or sometimes multi-spectral imaging), the technique bounces different wavelengths of light off objects to increase the contrast between ink and parchment, rendering the invisible visible. “Instead of … Continue reading

Tropical Plant Research at The Huntington

The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science and attendant greenhouse facilities are well-stocked with palms, orchids, carnivorous plants, and many other tropical plants. Members of the aroid family (Araceae) such as Anthurium, Philodendron, and Pothos are especially well-represented and accessible to Conservatory visitors. Their bold foliage and distinctive growth … Continue reading