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42 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 O. HENRY MUSEUM AUSTIN, TEXAS Before embezzling money from the Austin bank where he worked, running from the law, serving three years in an Ohio prison and then moving to New York City to become one of the greatest short-story writers of all time, O. Henry lived in a quaint little cottage with his wife and daughter. Today, the cottage is the O. Henry Museum, and groups can wander the rooms where the author lived from 1893 to 1895. The museum collection includes his correspondence, his drawings and his unpublished manuscripts, as well as several of his personal belongings. "Everybody wants to know, 'Did he take the money or not?'" said Michael Hoinski, culture and arts education coordinator for the museum. "We actually have the chair that he sat in when he worked at the bank and allegedly embezzled the money." Two other prize possessions at the museum are O. Henry's writing desk and his per- sonal dictionary. The author would offer his guests nickel bets that he could spell any word they chose from the dictionary. As a nod to O. Henry's love of word play, the mu- seum sponsors the O. Henry Pun-Off the first weekend in May. It's in its 40th year and a favorite event in Austin. Other personal items around the house show the author's interests beyond writing. The museum houses the piano his wife played; both husband and wife performed in music and theater around Austin. His artistic skills are on display through his drafting table and sev- eral sketches. W W W . A U S T I N T E X A S . G O V / D E P A R T M E N T / O - H E N R Y - M U S E U M MISSISSIPPI By Robert Jordan, courtesy University of Mississippi William Faulkner's Rowan Oak /VisitVicksburg Scan this QR to visit our mobile site and get your keys to Vicksburg. AMERICAN HISTORY Mississippi Music Southern Charm ~ ~ Contact Ashley Gatian, Sales Manager for planning assistance. 800-221-3536 •

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