About: Laura Cogburn

I'm a grants management and database specialist with the Getty Foundation. I received my B.A. in art history from Scripps College in Claremont, California, attended the graduate program in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Southern California, and have a M.L.I.S. from San José State University. I worked for many years supporting the administration of the Getty Foundation’s international giving program in the conservation of art and architecture, and I currently focus on improving systems to manage grantmaking, and am collaborating with other foundations to gather and aggregate data about philanthropy. I've made a pilgrimage to the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, to see artifacts from the heroic age of Antarctic Exploration and hope someday to visit Sir Ernest Shackleton’s grave in South Georgia Island.

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Christmas at the South Pole: Conserving Sites of Antarctic Exploration

Ernest Shackleton's 1908 Nimrod expedition base, Cape Royds
Ernest Shackleton's 1908 Nimrod expedition base, Cape Royds. © Antarctic Heritage Trust, nzaht.org

“The last view of civilization, the last sight of fields, and trees, and flowers, had come and gone on Christmas Eve, 1901, and as the night fell, the blue outline of friendly New Zealand was lost to us in the… More»

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      I do not like crooked, twisted, blasted trees. I admire them much more if they are tall, straight, and flourishing. I do not like ruined, tattered cottages. I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms. I have more pleasure in a snug farm-house than a watch-tower—and a troop of tidy, happy villages please me better than the finest banditti in the world.”

      Marianne looked with amazement at Edward, with compassion at her sister. Elinor only laughed.

      —Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, published on October 30, 1811

      Wooded Landscape by Paulus Lieder and Landscape with a Bare Tree and a Ploughman by Leon Bonvin, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Fantastic Oak Tree in the Woods, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe the Elder, The Getty Research Institute

      10/30/14

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