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.
Donaly E. Brice
Texas historian Donaly E. Brice, author of The Great Comanche Raid and Cullen Montgomery Baker, Reconstruction Desperado, and The Governor’s Hounds, and a resident of Lockhart, will share some little known facts about his town’s former resident Susanna Dickinson, the only white adult survivor of the Alamo, at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the O. Henry and Dickinson Museums. Presentation will be followed by “The Ballad of Susanna Dickinson” performed by songwriter-musician Fletcher Clark. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a brief Friends board meeting after the presentation, which you are welcome to attend. RSVP by February 11, 2014.
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: St. Edward’s University, Main Building, Maloney Room
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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 http://www.austintexas.gov/department/o-henry-museum.
Downtown mural of O. Henry as a young man with a mustache.
The opening celebration of the free exhibit “Joseph Hannig and the German Texans” will be from 2 – 4 PM on Saturday, October 20th. The exhibit is on view until February 23, 2014. The Museum is located at 411 E. Fifth Street in Brush Square next to the Austin Convention Center and the Metro station. (see map below)
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.