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Saturday, August 12, 2017 • movie begins at dusk, picnicking begins at 6:30pm
No RSVP needed, this is a free MEMBERS ONLY event

In honor of our Upstairs/Downstairs tour this year, our movie is GOSFORD PARK.
Enjoy a picnic on the Gamble House lawn and settle in to watch Robert Altman’s 2001 British mystery written by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame.

A few notes about the evening:
• Free freshly popped popcorn will be provided.
• Please be mindful of your neighbor’s view: blanket picnic groups in front, lawn chairs towards the back. 
• A restroom will be available
• Some nights can be cool on the lawn so dress accordingly

Gosford Park stars an ensemble cast, which includes Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Emily Watson. The story follows a party of wealthy Britons and an American, and their servants, who gather for a shooting weekend at Gosford Park, an English country house. A murder occurs after a dinner party, and the film goes on to present the subsequent investigation from the servants’ and guests’ perspectives.


Friday, September 15-Sunday, September 17, 2017

Join us for the first annual bookstore tent sale featuring many rare and out of print publications from the Greene and Greene Archives. Additional bookstore stock including items by local artists and arts and crafts favorites will be on sale.

Receive additional savings on marked sale merchandise:
20%-30% off general public
40% Friends of the Gamble House members with coupon*
*Coupons sent to members via email. Members with valid member id cards are also eligible to receive this discount. Coupons can not be combined for greater discounts, valid Sept 15-17 only.

Not a member? Let a bookstore staff member you’d like to join the Friends of the Gamble House and start enjoying your member benefits that day!

$15 FoGH Members
$20 Non-Members

An Architectural Response to an Epidemic

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00pm at the Gamble House
Lecture by Ann Scheid

In this lecture historian Ann Scheid will discuss how sleeping porches became a desireable feature of many dwellings and how architects such as Charles & Henry Greene, Myron Hunt, Gordon Kaufmann and Frederick Roehrig responded to the tuberculosis epidemic in a city where the climate drew many health-seekers.

At the turn of the 20th century tuberculosis accounted for approximately one in five adult deaths, affecting every part of society. The main treatment available, was living and sleeping out of doors. It was believed that a strong constitution, developed by a vigorous outdoor life, was the best way to cure and prevent tuberculosis. Patients visited sanitariums where they slept on “cure porches” and were encouraged to exercise vigorously. Schools and other institutions were also redesigned to foster the outdoor life.

Speaker Bios: ANN SCHEID is a member of the Gamble House staff and heads the Greene & Greene Archives at the Huntington Library. An author and historian she has published several books on Pasadena history as well as scholarly articles and essays on the history of architecture, planning, and landscape in Southern California. Ann worked as a preservation planner for the City of Pasadena and as an architectural historian in environmental planning for the State of California. She is a graduate of Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.

$15 FoGH Members
$20 Non-Members

The Butchering Art


Saturday, October 21, 2017
7:00pm at the Gamble House
Lecture by Lindsey Fitzharris, PhD

Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875. She conjures up early operating theaters—no place for the squeamish—and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would solve the riddle and change the course of history.

Fitzharris  introduces us to Lister’s contemporaries—some of them brilliant, some outright criminal—and leads us through the grimy schools and squalid hospitals where they learned their art, the dead houses where they studied, and the cemeteries they ransacked for cadavers.

Speaker Bio: LINDSEY FITZHARRIS has a PhD in the history of science and medicine from the University of Oxford. She is the creator of the popular website The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, and writer and presenter of the YouTube series Under the Knife. She writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Lancet, and New Scientist.​ ​The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine will be published by Scientific American / FSG in October of 2017.