Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Who: Nora Titone

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


The Booths of Maryland were America's first famous show business family. Though they made their name on the theater stage, they are remembered less for their acting than for a single mad act of violence. Beginning with founding father Junius Brutus Booth, whose skills as an actor matched his mental instability and raging alcoholism, to his sons Edwin and John Wilkes, who competed with one another to excite theater audiences of the nineteenth century, the Booth men were doomed to be forever notorious.

It is rare that we see John Wilkes Booth in the context of his large and dysfunctional family. His rivalry with his brother Edwin was a key part of that family dynamic, and both Booth brothers battled some of the same demons that plagued their famous father. Beset by misfortunes their entire lives, John Wilkes and Edwin found different ways of coping and were destined to have very different fates - one hailed as one of the greatest American actors ever to grace the stage, the other a killer reviled by history.

Here to speak with us about the fascinating Booth family is historian Nora Titone. Ms. Titone studied American History and Literature as an undergraduate at Harvard University, and earned an M.A. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a historical researcher for a range of academics, writers and artists involved in projects about nineteenth-century America. Using a rich array of original source material, her book My Thoughts Be Bloody examines the tortured history of an American family and explains how one member became a nineteenth-century actor-king, while the other became a notorious assassin. Please help us give Nora a warm welcome!

Please check out our Silent Auction at the April and May meetings. All proceeds go toward battlefield preservation.

Program Location and Details

The meeting will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive. Covenant Presbyterian Church is located at the southeast corner of Northland Drive and Mopac Expressway (Loop 1). To reach Covenant via Mopac, take the RM 2222/Northland exit, then proceed east on Northland Drive. Covenant is on your immediate right.To reach Covenant via I-35, take the FM 2222 West, 238A exit. After you exit on the frontage road, proceed west on Koenig/2222. Head west through Lamar Blvd and Burnet Rd. After Burnet Rd, Koenig becomes Allandale Rd. After you cross Shoal Creek Pkwy, Allandale Rd becomes Northland Drive. Covenant is on Northland Dr on the left before you reach Mopac Expy.

Austin Civil War Round Table - Map of Covenant Church

6:30- 7:15 p.m.    Dinner and Socializing

7:15 - 8:45 p.m.    Announcements/Speaker

8:45 - 9:00 p.m.    Questions and Closing Remarks


Chicken Piccata with lemon sauce and capers, pasta, cucumber salad, vanilla berry trifle, coffee, tea and water. The cost will be $15. To attend the meeting only, the charge is $5 (For non-members, the first meeting is free, and subsequent meetings are $10).


Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Tuesday, May 19, by contacting our electronic mailbox via telephone at (512) 916-3412. If you must cancel your reservation, you must do so at least 48 hours in advance or you will be responsible for the costs incurred. Also, please let us know if you are attending the meeting but do not plan to join us for dinner. Thanks!


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