The mission of the O. Henry Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret artifacts and archival materials relative to William Sidney Porter, the author otherwise known as O. Henry, for literary, educational, and historical purposes.
The O. Henry Museum offers a look into the life of William Sidney Porter in the Austin years leading up to his controversial prison term, after which he assumed the pen name O. Henry and set about transforming himself into the famed short story writer who authored such universal classics as "Gifts of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief" and "The Cop and the Anthem."
O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships
Join us in Brush Square Park, behind the museum, for the highest celebration of the lowest form of humor—the pun—on a day filled with live music, used-book sale, food trucks, and live auction.
Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.
Badgerdog Summer Book Crush at the O. Henry Museum
Participate with other emerging 4th – 6th graders in this week-long deep-dive into the young-adult book The Thing About Jellyfish.
Led by a professional writer, young readers explore a fantastic novel, take it apart, play around in its pages, admire its sentences and characters, and create new work based on the novel. In 2014, we crushed on Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We'll announce our 2015 title in just a few weeks. - See more at: http://www.austinlibrary.org/site/PageServer?pagename=bdog_SummerBookCrush#sthash.A3Vqs6Fo.dpuf
A summer program offered in partnership with
J.C. Elkins O. Henry Literary Discussion Group
A free, monthly reading series based on O. Henry short stories. All readings are at 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
“Tictoq” – May 13 at the French Legation Museum
“Buried Treasure” – June 10 at the O. Henry Museum
“Seats of the Haughty” – July 8 at the O. Henry Museum