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  1. 25 Apr
    Wed / 2012
    Earlier this month the Rienzi and Bayou Bend Book Club read Founding Gardeners, a book that examines gardening, a common passion, of four of America’s founding fathers: Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. Written by Andrea Wulf, the book incorporates political history with that of nature, and how these four men with a common goal but differing means shared a great interest for all things botanical. In particular the book looks at the transfer of seeds from North to...

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  2. 21 Feb
    Tue / 2012
    This March, the Rienzi and Bayou Bend Book Club is reading The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story by Janet Gleeson. Focusing on the development of Meissen porcelain in the 18th-century, Gleeson tells the tale of three Johanns, all instrumental in the process of creating “white gold”: Johann Frederick Böttger, Johann Gregor Herold, and Johann Joachim Kändler. Meissen, founded in 1710, was the first European porcelain manufactory to develop hard-paste porcelain similar to Asian...

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  3. 07 Nov
    Mon / 2011
    This month we have been reading the third book in Rienzi and Bayou Bend’s History Reading Series, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking by Kate Colquhoun. We thought it would be appropriate to have a British culinary-themed text to celebrate Rienzi’s current exhibition, English Taste. This book provides some supplementary information on some of Mrs. Rafflad’s dishes that grace Rienzi’s Dining Room table, including dishes that are the most puzzling...

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  4. 28 Sep
    Wed / 2011
    Every morning at Rienzi, I make a trek (or several…) from the kitchen to the Education office with a rather large cup of coffee (half and half, no sugar). On my way, I tend to cut through the Living Room bar, passing a display of beautiful pink and orange gilded porcelain – but as beautiful as it is, I don’t often stop to look at it. That is, until I read through the October selection...

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  5. 07 Sep
    Wed / 2011
    Have you been reading along with The Rienzi and Bayou Bend book club this month?  I am in the middle of Bill Bryson’s At Home: A Short History of Private Life and enjoying how many of the fun facts fit right in with Rienzi’s unique environment!  This is especially true for Chapter 7, “The Drawing Room.”  Not only does Rienzi have a Drawing Room, it is one of our docents’ favorite rooms to...

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