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It may have rained all week, but that didn’t stop the laughs at the 42nd O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Brush Square Park.

Thanks to the generosity of the Hilton Austin, the festivities, usually held outside behind the O. Henry Museum and Dickinson House moved across the street to one of the large, dry, comfortable ballrooms at the hotel. The Hilton Austin gra...

May 3, 2018

Be There Or Be Square!

This year marks the 41st O. Henry Museum World Pun-Off Championship. Once again the competition will be held in downtown Austin behind the O. Henry Museum on Brush Square. The musical talent will be Croy and the Boys. The music starts at 11:00. The Pun-Off competition will begin at 12:00.

On Saturday the Brush Square Museums Foundation will kick off its fund raising effor...

May 12, 2017

The O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships is one of Austin's oldest "weird" public outdoor events, now celebrating 40 jeers of quick-witted punning, the so-called lowest form of humor.  

And its also a fundraiser for Brush Square Museums to collect audience donations to preserve the wonderful historic homes of short story writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) and Alamo survivor Su...

May 12, 2017

Slide show made with Animoto includes video clips of the celebrity punster panel, Once A-Pun A Time.

November 14, 2016

Pictures of restored O. Henry's personal dictionary show amazing improvement after cleaning and new binding.

August 21, 2016

The tradition continues on Tuesday, September 13th, from 7 to 9 pm when Austin's literary community gathers to celebrate the 154th birthday of former Austin resident and prolific short story writer William Sydney Porter (a.k.a. “O. Henry”) AND applaud Central Texas writers who published a new book in 2015-2016. 

The annual event, sponsored by the Brush Square Museums Foundation, is more than a chan...

May 9, 2016

A spring Texas sunny day made more glorious by a cool breeze and partial cloud cover attracted record numbers of people to cheer and groan as contestants in the 39th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships performed verbal contortions on Saturday May 7th in Brush Square.  Visit the official PunOff.com web site for contestant information and event rules.

Want to watch this year's Pun-Off perform...

May 8, 2016

We Thank Our Generous Donors!

We had successful silent and live fundraising auctions Saturday during the Annual O. Henry Pun-Off. Our fabulous board volunteers led by Bert Piboin, combed Austin to put together packages made up from a long list of fabulous items. If you were one of the high-bidders, we thank you too for making the auction a success! We

We want to express our gratitude to the business...

November 22, 2015

Inclement weather forced the Brush Square Museums' staff to reschedule the Halloween program planned for the opening of the new exhibit, "In Loving Memory." On the evening of November 18th , in the Dickinson House, Brook Gaar-Bever, research consultant, conservator, and collector of Victorian Era mourning memorabilia gave a "ghoulishly" interesting lecture on their funeral and mourning customs. Hi...

October 17, 2015

 

Everyone is looking for a good scare during the month of October, and the new exhibit at the Brush Square Museums should provide visitors the perfect spooky Halloween treat. The exhibit, titled “In Loving Memory: The Art of Victorian Mourning,” explores various Victorian death customs and runs through March 2016.

 

Michael Hoinski, culture and arts education coordinator for the O. Henry Museum, sai...

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