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 "The Gift of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief" and "The Cop and the Anthem."
A NEW LOOK
The museum is undergoing a reinterpretation to devote each room of the home to exploring a different facet of the writer, including his social, family, and creative lives. The initial phase of this effort has been completed with newly installed text panels and a newly refinished front door.
WHAT’S IN STORE?
Spread the good word of O. Henry by purchasing one of our newly designed t-shirts ($20) or a copy of our limited edition, fine-press printing of the “lost” O. Henry story “As Others See Us” ($45), featured at the 20th Texas Book Festival. Proceeds support museum programming and restoration efforts.
AUSTIN MUSEUM DAY
Sunday, September 17 is Austin Museum Day. Join us at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. for guest readings of the O. Henry story “As Others See Us,” about an alcoholic’s descent into madness. We’ll have Oh Henry! candy bars, plus there will be an opportunity to have a caricaturist draw your portrait.
We’re excited to again be a programming partner in Lit Crawl, a Texas Book Festival event taking place the evening of Saturday, November 4. Stay tuned for details on what time and where we will host an abbreviated version of the Pun-Off that we like to call Verbal Equinox.
JC ELKINS O. HENRY LITERARY DISCUSSION GROUP
The JC Elkins Group meets monthly to read and converse about a different O. Henry story. The locations often change but admission is always free.