Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Hampton Roads History Lectures are free with $1 Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited.
Henry Edward Huntington was the nephew of railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington. He worked with his uncle to create the Southern Pacific Railway, which helped to expand the port of Los Angeles. He created the Pacific Electric Railway which contained 1,300-miles of track and enabled the development of suburban communities like Huntington Beach in Southern California. When Eddie’s uncle died, he assumed leadership of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company until his death in 1927. A major collector of art and books, his home in San Marino, California, is now the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Both Southern California and the Virginia Peninsula benefited immensely from Henry E. Huntington’s leadership and wisdom.