Junius B. Booth Society, Inc.

FIRST ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT, 2006

December 31, 2006

WHY THE SOCIETY WAS NAMED AFTER JUNIUS BRUTUS BOOTH, THE ELDER
  • Junius Brutus Booth, Sr. was the owner of Tudor Hall and a man who loved Harford County.
  • Walt Whitman called him "the grandest historian of modern times."
  • Encyclopedia Britannica ranked Junius as one of the two most popular American actors in the period around 1830.
  • Dr. Patrick Finelli in his book "A History of World Theater" ranks Edwin and Junius as among the top eight actors in the world in the 19-th Century.
  • Junius is given credit for being the first person to manufacture fertilizer.
  • Junius was a passionate environmentalist ahead of his time. He did not believe in hurting any animal.
  • Junius was Edwin Booth's father and teacher.
    • Edwin has been called the greatest American actor of the 19-th Century.
    • The Booth Theater on Broadway is named in memory of Edwin.
    • The Players Club was founded by Edwin. It has one of the largest theater research libraries in the world. It is called the sacred home of the American theater.
    • Edwin saved Lincoln's son's life.
  • For almost over 140 years about a dozen or more books have been written per year about the Booths. This is an amazing record.

PURPOSE OF THE SOCIETY
This corporation is organized exclusively for educational, literary, and research purposes within the meaning of Section 501C3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that also qualify as Section 501C3 exempt organizations. To this end, the corporation shall support the education of the public in:
  • The theatrical arts
  • The Booth family history
  • The story of Tudor Hall
  • Other Booth family historical sites located in Harford County
  • Owners, slaves, farmers, craftsmen and others connected to the Tudor Hall farm
  • American history of the 19th century
  • Building restoration and preservation
  • Booth related literary works
In order to fulfill these goals, the purpose includes support of the restoration and preservation of:
  • Tudor Hall (house, grounds, and outbuildings)
  • Other Booth related buildings or sites located in Harford County, MD
  • Booth related literary works
Finally, the purpose includes providing a worldwide resource for research and study of aspects of the historical, political and social problems of all the subjects listed above.
DIRECTORS
Since we cannot solicit, the number of directors of the corporation is one now, which will be increased pursuant to the bylaws of the corporation. Elwin C. Penski is the Director, Resident Agent and Incorporator until his successors are duly chosen and qualified.


ACTIVITIES THAT THIS SOCIETY PLANS FOR TUDOR HALL
The only activities at Tudor Hall (house, grounds, and outbuildings) that we have included in our purpose in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are restoration and preservation.


WHAT ABOUT LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION AND JOHN WILKES BOOTH?
The Surratt Society and Ford's Theatre have dealt with John Wilkes Booth and the assassination for decades. They have done a good job and have been very successful. Competing with them is not included in our plans.


2006 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Consulted future members, experts, and lawyers. Adopted purpose and name. Sept.-Oct. 2006.
  • Incorporation in Maryland, 10/30/2006
  • Maryland Certification of Status, 10/30/2006
  • Obtained Federal Tax Identification Number, 11/15/2006
  • Set Up Checking Account, 11/15/2006
  • E-mail address (JBBoothSoc@msn.com), 11/17/2006
  • Completed Bylaws, 11/17/2006
  • Held organizational Meeting (Adopted bylaws, and voted to apply for 501[c][3] status, Dec. 28, 2006


TREASURER REPORT FOR 2006
Assets 1/1/2006   0.00
Income    
  Donations $2,230.00
  Interest 0.88
Expenses    
  Maryland, Articles Recording Fee $100.00
  Maryland, Articles Org & Cap Fee $20.00
  Maryland, Articles Expedite Fee $50.00
  Postage Fee $5.00
  Maryland, Certificate of Status $40.00
  Pastime Software Inc.,
Past Perfect Support To Support
Cataloging of The Booth Collection
$299.20
  Historical Soc. of Harford Co.,
To help support work on Booth Collection   
$300.00
Total Expenses     $814.20
Assets at Year End   $1416.68
Liabilities   $0.00
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