Inside the Huntington’s Story Blog

By Nancy Armitage

My 1st Blog Post

Hi! My name is Nancy Armitage & I am a local historian of the Huntington Family History. It is a amazing story that runs from the Gilded Age, to the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. I have been researching the Huntington’s since 2004, when I became a reader at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.

I was able to research the domestic & social life of H. E. “Edward” Huntington & Arabella “Belle” D. Huntington’s life. They lived in Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch. The ranch was just south of Pasadena in sunny Southern California. Now, the San Marino Ranch is called Huntington Library, in San Marino, CA.

Now in 2020, Huntington Mansion is the Huntington Library Gallery where “Pinkie” & “Blue Boy” live. At the Huntington Research Library, I was able to see many of the Huntington documents like household invoices, receipts, menus, grocery lists, letters, & Huntington family journals. HEH was a amazing & thoughtful letter writer. Arabella on the other hand didn’t like to write letters; she often would have her social secretary (Miss Caroline M. Campbell) write letters for her. About 15 of Arabella’s letters were preserved in the archives. Then, I found out the Huntingtons had 5 other mansions & estates, which researched, also. Stay tuned for more on the Huntingtons.

Celebrate St. Nicholas Day or Dutch Sinterklass (Dec. 6th)

by Nancy Armitage Bishop St. Nicholas was a real person, a real priest, a real Bishop, & he also became a saint. St. Nicholas was born Abt. 270 in Dembre, Turkey & he died on Dec. 6. 343AD in Myra, Turkey. There are many stories & legends about Bishop St. Nicholas. It is said that […]

“Cosmic Rays”, lecture: at the Huntington Mansion (SMR) in 1926

By Nancy Armitage In Spring of 1926, Mr. Henry E. Huntington hosted a lecture/tea reception for 180 guests. Spring was such a lovely time to visit Mr. Huntington’s property called the “San Marino Ranch”. Now the ranch is called the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. On Tues. March 2nd or Tues. March 9th, 1926, was […]

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  1. Nancy, Thank you for so much information regarding this local history.
    You have certainly done so much research and I appreciate all your efforts and your Art work is incredible!!!!!


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