History Book Club “Wondrous Beauty” Wednesday, September 14, 2022 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

History Book Club

The History Book Club presents free, bimonthly discussions about literature and art, and you’re invited. These talks focus on books about life in Europe and America during the 18th and 19th centuries, inspired by the collections of the two MFAH house museums: Bayou Bend and Rienzi.

Wondrous Beauty: Betsy Bonaparte, the Belle of Baltimore Who Married Napoleon’s Brother tells the story of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. Her brief marriage to Jérôme Bonaparte, youngest brother of Napoleon, became linked to the diplomatic and political histories of the United States, France, and England.

Two ways to join the discussion!
• In person at Bayou Bend at 1:30 p.m. Register via email: jmilillo@mfah.org
Via Zoom at 1:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Register online to attend either or both sessions

“A fascinating and perceptive account of love and scandal.” —New York Journal of Books

Questions? historyreading@mfah.org / 713.639.7759 / 713.639.7800


Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Houston Junior Woman's Club; Sharon G. Dies; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; Ms. Bobbie Nau; and additional generous donors.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; and the James William Glanville and Nancy Hart Glanville Endowment.

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