Poe House in Danger
Via tor.com, Baltimore has decided to cut funding for the Poe House.
The article, by S. J. Chambers, states:
“Since December 18, 1977, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum at 203 Amity Street, in West Baltimore, has been run by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), a division of the Department of Planning with the City of Baltimore,” the announcement explains. “Unfortunately, the city, suffering under intense and continuing budgetary problems—and perhaps hoping that hardly anyone will notice—has decided that the Poe Museum must become self-sufficient or it must be closed.”
I am an avid reader of Edgar Allen Poe, and I have most of “The Raven” memorized. It’s a shame to see Baltimore cut the funding for this historical house. Poe is a cornerstone of American culture and writing, and has influenced such great writers as Jules Verne and Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle. If there is one American writer who deserves to be carried into posterity, it is Edgar Allen Poe.
Chambers’ article lists ways to protest the closing of the Poe House, including sending the mayor a personal e-mail or letter (the addresses are listen in her article). If you chose to do this, please keep it respectful and polite.
There’s also a petition you can sign, found here.
Hopefully the city will reverse its decision and keep the Poe House open. I haven’t visited it, but I have always wanted to.