Join Rienzi and Bayou Bend for good books and great conversations! The History Book Club features discussions on lifestyles and culture in American and Europe in the 1700s and 1800s.

Meet at Bayou Bend to discuss The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America by by Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz. Johnson and Wilentz’s narrative of a self-appointed American prophet weaves elements of sex, murder, and mental illness into the history of the Second Great Awakening religious movement in America.

Drop in! This program is free.


Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Susie and Mel Glasscock; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Bobbie and John Nau; The Americana Foundation; Frost Bank; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; The Powell Foundation; and Pat and Dee Osborne.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate.

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