Austin Founder Lions Club

The O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson Houses

  • 04 May 2017
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The High Road, 700 Dawson Rd, Austin TX 78704


(depends on selected options)

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The O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson Houses

May 4, 2017

Sitting at the corner of Fifth and Neches Streets, under the shade of the Brush Square trees, are two of Austin’s most beloved museums: The O. Henry Museum and the Susanna Dickinson Museum. This week, Melissa Parr, museum site coordinator at Brush Square Park, speaks to the club on the history and importance of these two houses to our city.

Melissa also presents the Annual O. Henry Pun-off World Championships at the site, coming up on May 13, so please make many jokes about her last name being “par for the course” (groan!). She has likely never heard such witticisms!

Melissa Parr holds a MA in Public Administration and a BA in Liberal Arts. She is passionate about saving history and has been a museum curator and preservation specialist for 28 years. Before coming to Austin she worked for the Washington State History Museum, the Washington State Capital Museum, and the Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve.

She believes that the museums at Brush Square are irreplaceable spaces that create an emotional experience and immerse visitors in the material culture of what was and is uniquely Austin.

She has been the museum site coordinator at Brush Square Park since 2013.

Featured Lunch Meal $12:

Spaghetti with Meatballs
Green Beans
Lemon Cake

Optional Lunch Meal $12:
Chef Salad

Meals provided by Manny Sifuentes, manager at Cafe del Rio, a business staffed by the Commission of the Blind     
Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday

We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up.
If you need to change or cancel your reservation, please call 512-441-1555.

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