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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House (the home of humorist, author, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber) is a non-profit literary center and Thurber museum. Our mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue the legacy of James Thurber. Our programs include the Thurber Prize for Humor, the only such recognition of humor writing in the country; a month-long residency for writers of children's literature; author readings; writing classes for children and adults and a museum of Thurber memorabilia. Thurber House is a unique national treasure.

Thurber House opened its doors to the public in 1984 after extensive renovation to the historic house location in Columbus, Ohio, where Thurber lived with his family while he was a student at The Ohio State University. Since then, we have become a gathering place for readers, writers, and Thurber enthusiasts of all ages.

For those of you who live in the Columbus area, visit our Volunteer Opportunities and Internships information page to find out how to become involved.