Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) has been called Texas' greatest writer—even though she lived much of her life far from her childhood homes of Indian Creek and Kyle in Hill Country. The Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer lived in Texas until 1918. About the Texans she grew up with, she wrote, "These people are strong, and they are my people, and I have their toughness in me, and that is what I can rely on." Today, you can experience Porter's strong roots yourself at her second childhood home in Kyle, now a house museum. The three-room house, a designated National Historic Landmark, was where the writer lived with her paternal grandmother, and was purchased in 1997 by the Burdine Johnson Foundation to be both a museum and a writing center, with residences for working writers. Visitors can wander through rooms decorated as they were in Porter's childhood, peruse period photographs and other documents, and attend readings and presentations by current writers in residence.
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