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2/5/2009 Houston, TX--
What: Join Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the University of Texas-Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History to celebrate the release of a fascinating new publication by the University of Texas Press, The Hogg Family and Houston: Philanthropy and the Civic Ideal by Kate Sayen Kirkland. Guests will be among the first in Houston to learn about this important new book and meet Kate Sayen Kirkland, author.

About the Author and the Book:
Kate Sayen Kirkland has been a Bayou Bend Docent since 1971, and is a former Guild President and Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1985 – 1987), editor of the University of Texas Press (1967-71), and founding director of The Children’s Museum of Houston. Ms. Kirkland holds a PhD from Rice University. The Hogg Family and Houston: Philanthropy and the Civic Ideal was her dissertation topic and explains the breadth and impact of Hogg family philanthropy on Houston for the first time.

When: February 18, 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium - 1001 Bissonnet at Montrose

Activities: At 6:30 p.m., guests will gather in the Brown Auditorium for a short presentation including remarks by the Kate Sayen Kirkland followed by a question and answer session. A book signing accompanied by a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will follow in the Law Lobby.

Other: This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. Complimentary parking is available across the street from the Law Building on Bissonnet.