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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Parlor Chats at Fulton Mansion

By Cassie Dieterich, Fulton Mansion Educator

Throughout the year, Fulton Mansion hosts multiple community-wide events and public programs free of charge. The Parlor (Book) Chat Series is similar to a book club, but with a historical twist. Visitors read the book-of-the-month and then chat about it with Mansion staff, who ties each book to the Fulton story.

In the first chat of the series on January 23, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was discussed. Mansion staff linked Diffenbaugh’s novel to one of the many Victorian floral dictionaries and also shared information about Harriet’s Garden. Upcoming parlor chats include:
  • Monday, February 27 at 10 a.m.—The Day the Cowboys Quit by Elmer Kelton
    Kelton is a renowned Western writer who bases much of his fiction on ranching and frontier events throughout Texas history. The director of the Blackland Museum will share special documents and artifacts from the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, George Fulton’s ranching enterprise.
  • Monday, March 19 at 10 a.m.—Debut of the official Fulton Mansion Souvenir Book
    Join us for this sneak peek of the long-awaited Fulton Mansion Souvenir Book. Fulton Mansion Site Manager Marsha Hendrix will lead this chat on the triumphs and challenges of writing the Fulton Mansion story.
Chats are free (cost of books not included), but seating is limited. Please call 361.729.0386, ext. 26 if you’d like to reserve a seat. Both The Language of Flowers and The Day the Cowboys Quit are widely available in stores and online.

For more information about this and other programs at Fulton Mansion, visit us online at Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The site is part of the Texas Tropical Trail Region.

1 comment:

  1. "The Language of Flowers" has everything a good novel needs: a great, emotionally loaded and well-told story, interesting cast of characters (dominated, but not completely overshadowed by the main character). Victoria is so withdrawn, misogynic and solitary, that it is obvious she needs love and affection. I am always drawn to such characters and this one was no exception. The welcome original "spice", which is made the theme in the book, is the flower symbolic. I was really fascinated by the less obvious meanings of flowers and plants. Of course, everyone knows that red roses symbolize love, but who would suspect that basil (my favorite herb...) is the symbol of hate or that moss signifies maternal love...