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We Have A New Name & Web Site!!

Dickinson Painting - Messenger of the AlamoBrush Square Museums Foundation, Inc. (formerly Friends of the O. Henry and Dickinson Museums, Inc.) adopted its official new name at its Annual Meeting in February 2015.

Our mission and nonprofit organization remains the same.

Please continue to read about our upcoming events and news on our NEW SITE!

This domain and web site will not be renewed for 2016, so please add our new site to your bookmarks now. We plan on moving this site’s old posts to an archive on the new web site.

A Great Annual Meeting

Clark and Brice

Fletcher Clark and Donaly Brice

We want to thank both our speakers, Donaly Brice and Fletcher Clark for our Annual Meeting presentations. Did you know that Susanna was wounded in the leg at the Alamo? That was just one little known fact I learned from Brice’s talk. We also heard the premier performance of Clark’s song “The Ballad of Susanna Dickinson” with touching lyrics that capture her search for “a Good Man in Texas – one who deserves a Good Wife.” The ballad lyrics reflect Susanna’s life story and can be read on Fletcher’s web site.

Fletcher Clark has just announced that you can download a 12-page book with historic images and his Ballad of Susanna Dickinson lyrics to commemorate her 200th birthday this year. Visit his order page.


Lots to enjoy at the museums Saturday.

Remember this Sunday, September 22 is Austin Museum Day organized with Austin Museum Partnership (complete schedules for all museum day activities.) The O. Henry and Dickinson Museums, located at 409 E. Fifth Street (Brush Square) will have special events from Noon to 5 pm.

There will be readings, artillery demonstrations, tours, live music, and O. Henry’s induction into the Austin Facial Hair Club. See museum event times at

O. Henry

Downtown mural of O. Henry as a young man with a mustache.

We’re collecting books for our sale

The Friends are collecting BOOKS for our annual sale at the May 18, 2013,  O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. Its our biggest fundraising project of the year and we need your help.

A Good Story is Timeless

We are concentrating on collecting good quality fiction titles, both adult and children’s stories, rather than non-fiction because people love reading stories. So, if you have paperback or hard-cover fiction you won’t be reading again, please donate them to us. We’ll pass it on and help another reader enjoy the stories you loved.

Where Do I Take My Book Donation?

We would really appreciate if you would bring your books to the museum on Thursday or Friday (noon to 5 pm) before the Pun-Off. You could also bring them when you come to the Pun-Off. We don’t have any storage space. If you have questions or want to suggest other arrangements, call 472-1903 or email

Annual Meeting Set for February 20

Your Invitation to Our Annual Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Who: Free, Open to All
Location: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center,
(in the Rehearsal Lab)
600 River Street, Austin, Texas 78701, 512.974.3773 Continue reading

Happy Birthday O. Henry

Today marks the 150th anniversary of William S. Porter’s birthday. We celebrate his legacy in Austin, Texas where he lived from Spring, 1884 to February, 1898 with a few months off in Houston and travels.

Greensboro Names Everything O. Henry

William Sydney Porter in the guise of O. Henry has long been a favorite son of Greensboro, North Carolina where he was born in 1862. But, of course, we celebrate the fact that he moved from Greensboro to Texas in 1882 and then Austin two years later where he resided (mostly) until February, 1898, or about 14 years total.

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Bid at the Pun-Off Live Auction


The Friends of the O. Henry and Dickinson Museums is raising money for future programs with their Book Sale and Auction during the Pun-Off.  It’s all JEST for a WORDY cause.


In other wordsbring some extra coin (checkbook or cash) with you to the Pun-Off so you can outbid others on our great live auction sentertainment, recreational, services, and dining items. The auctions will be held between the Punniest of Show and Punslinger rounds so don’t take too long at the porta-potty!  Continue reading

Our 2012 Annual Meeting

The Friends Board held its Annual Meeting on February 21, 2012 at the Zilker Garden Auditorium.  A total of 17 guests, museum staff, and board members attended.

History and 2012 Happenings at the Museum: Jim Haley presented a history of the Susana Dickinson Museum, chronicling Susana’s life as a frontier woman and her ties to Austin. He said of the restored Dickinson home that was saved from demolition, “One of the glories of living in Austin is that they actually restored the house.”  Continue reading