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O. Henry Museum

Located in Austin, Texas, the O. Henry Museum houses artifacts and archival material related to William Sidney Porter, better known as short story writer O. Henry. Programs include JC Elkins O. Henry Literary Discussion Group, a monthly reading and discussion group focused on the short stories of O. Henry.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead

The serene vista of the Westfield River Valley served as lifelong inspiration for William Cullen Bryant, who was editor and publisher of the New York Evening Post for many years, and whose meditative verse influenced the nineteenth-century land conservation movement that included Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Eliot, founder of The Trustees.

Washington Irving’s Sunnyside

Author Washington Irving designed his Sunnyside home himself, starting in 1835. The grounds reflect Irving’s romantic view of art, nature, and history. Visitors can tour the Sunnyside house and gardens with a guide in mid-nineteenth-century dress.

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home

Ernest Hemingway was born and spent his first six years in this Queen Anne Victorian house in Oak Park, Illinois. Today, the house is owned and administered by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, which also runs the Ernest Hemingway Museum, housed inside the Oak Park Arts Center a few blocks away from the birthplace home.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia for around six years, and he spent his last year in the city living in this red brick building with his wife, Virginia, and his mother-in-law, Maria Clemm. Of Poe’s several homes in Philadelphia, only this one survives. Today, it is administered by the National Park Service. Visitors can tour the three-story home, which includes exhibits on Poe’s family and literary life and a theater showing a short film on the author.

The Old Manse

Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, became the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social revolutions over the course of the next century. In the mid-nineteenth-century, leading Transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller discussed the issues of the day here, with the Hawthorne and Ripley families.

Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum

Established in 1969, the Silverado Museum is a non-profit organization that houses one of the world’s most distinguished collections of Stevensoniana. Currently, the museum holds over nine thousand original items, many of which were acquired directly from heirs and friends of the Stevenson family. The collection includes original letters, manuscripts, journals, first, various early editions (including translations and annotated copies), rare periodicals, paintings and drawings, sculptures, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia.

Alex Haley House Museum

Located in Henning, Tennessee, the Alex Haley House Museum is where the Pulitzer Prize-winning author lived from 1921 to 1929. Today the Alex Haley House Museum has been restored to model the home as it was when Haley was born. Some of the 1919 furniture which decorates the home belonged to the Haley family. The restored building is open to the public as a museum featuring Haley’s work, childhood memorabilia and references to the people who inspired his characters in Roots.

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Located in Indianapolis, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is a public-benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of the late soldier, writer, artist, and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. The library serves as a cultural and educational resource facility, museum, art gallery, and reading room. It also supports language and visual arts education through programs and outreach activities with other local arts organizations.

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center

Located in Kyle, Texas, the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center is a three-room house that served as the author’s residence from her birth in 1890 to her death in 1902. The center hosts a Katherine Anne Porter Young Writers program, a Visiting Writers Series, and a reading series.


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