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History Book Club “The Wordy Shipmates”

Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
6003 Memorial Drive Map & Directions


Look to the MFAH for good books and great conversations! The two MFAH house museums host a discussion series about books on life in America and Europe in the 1700s and 1800s. Meeting alternately at Rienzi and Bayou Bend, this history book club offers free discussions every other month. 

► The January selection is The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell’s witty and thoughtful look at America’s Puritan cultural heritage. What exactly did the Puritans believe and preach, and how has that been understood by later generations? How do the nation’s early Puritan influences affect the country today? Reviewers describe Vowell’s work as “rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary.” Do you agree? Come and share your thoughts! Click here for the reading guide.

For more information, click here or call 713.639.7800.

Education programs at Rienzi receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; the Brown Foundation, Inc.; Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III Endowment Fund; and the Caroline Wiess Law Endowment Fund for Rienzi.

Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew, The Hamill Foundation, Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Houston Junior Woman’s Club, The Susan Vaughan Foundation, The Americana Foundation, Tara and S. Stacy Eastland, The Ray C. Fish Foundation , The John M. O'Quinn Foundation, William A. and Madeline W. Smith Foundation, Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell, Strake Foundation, Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation, Polly and Murry Bowden, Nancy and James Gordon, The Julia and Albert Smith Foundation. The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate.