Monday, March 15, 2010

Spirits of Tudor Hall Welcomes the Junius B. Booth Society

Logo of the Junius B. Booth Society, Inc. inspired by the image of Junius Brutus Booth Sr. that appears on the obelisk in the Booth family plot at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Spirits of Tudor Hall received the following press release from the Junius B. Booth Society today:

The Junius B. Booth Society, Inc. is pleased to announce it is joining forces with Spirits of Tudor Hall to open Tudor Hall for guided tours on a regular basis. Tudor Hall is the historic home of the Booths, Maryland's famous family of Shakespearian actors, including Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth. Beginning on Sunday, April 11, 2010, Spirits of Tudor Hall will open the first floor of Tudor Hall for guided tours twice a month continuing through October 31 (Halloween), 2010.

Junius Brutus Booth, Sr. was one of the most popular actors on the American stage from the early 1820s to the early 1850s. In addition, he was the father of ten children, a Harford County farmer who practiced the latest farming techniques of his time, and an environmentalist and animal rights advocate. It can truly be said he was a man ahead of his time. His son Edwin was a super star of the American stage from the 1850s to 1893. Edwin's brother John Wilkes brought tragedy to the nation and to his family when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

The Junius B. Booth Society, Inc. was recently incorporated in Maryland to make the public more aware of the history of the Booth family and Tudor Hall, to encourage efforts to collect and preserve that history, and to support the preservation and restoration of Tudor Hall.

Dinah Faber, first president of the Junius B. Booth Society says, "Spirits of Tudor Hall is currently renewing its efforts to create a strong and effective tour guide program at Tudor Hall. Lending meaningful support to these efforts is a natural choice for the Junius B. Booth Society."

For more information or to become a member:

March 14, 2010, Volunteer Orientation Meeting a Success

On rainy, chilly Sunday afternoon, fourteen "spirits" gathered at Tudor Hall at 1:00 p.m. for a Volunteer Orientation Meeting. Seven potential new volunteers and seven current volunteers attended the meeting.

The agenda included a brief introduction to Spirits of Tudor Hall and a discussion of the volunteer opportunities currently available at Tudor Hall. Information about the organizations that support Spirits was also provided, including the Center for the Arts, the Booth Research Center of the Historical Society of Harford County, and the Junius B. Booth Society.

Spirits of Tudor Hall will be following up with the new volunteers in the coming weeks.

Hot coffee and a variety of delicious treats provided by volunteers helped lift everyone's mood on a dreary, early spring afternoon.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and to those who brought food to share.