Rosenberg Library Museum Book Club Selection: June 2018

Rosenberg Library Museum Book Club Selection:

“The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage & Carolina Murder Scandal”

Rosenberg Library is pleased to announce that its selection for the Summer 2018 Museum Club series will be “The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage & Carolina Murder Scandal” by T. Felder Dorn.

Artifacts and archival materials related to May Walker Burleson and the Walker Family of Galveston will be on exhibit as well. Rosenberg Library Museum Book Club offers participants the chance to experience art and literature in a more interactive way. Select and register for the discussion and participate in a hands-on, interactive discussion about the book and select items from the library’s museum and archival collections.

The Summer Museum Book Club meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 27th, 12 noon-1pm in the McCullough Room on the library’s 2nd floor. The program will include an author talk and book signing. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required for all Museum Book Club meetings.

Print copies are available for check-out at Rosenberg Library. Visit or call (409)763-8854 ext. 125 for additional information or to register.

About The Book

Jennie May Walker Burleson was envied for having everything a woman of her time could want—the privileged upbringing, the dazzling good looks, the dashing war hero husband. She was admired for demonstrating that a woman could want more, from the front of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession to the bottom of a Mesoamerican archaeological dig. But as she stood over the body of her husband’s second wife, gun in hand, society’s envy, and admiration quickly hardened into pity and scorn. T. Felder Dorn examines the complicated trajectory of her life as socialite, suffragist and shooter.

  1. Felder Dorn has previously published four books: “Challenges on the Emmaus Road: Episcopal Bishops Confront Slavery, Civil War, and Emancipation” (University of South Carolina Press, 2013), “Death of a Policeman, Birth of a Baby: A Crime and Its Aftermath” (Xlibris, 2012), “The Guns of Meeting Street: A Southern Tragedy” (University of South Carolina Press, 2001), and “The Tompkins School, 1925–1953: A Community Institution” (Attic Press, 1994).


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