Friday, September 16, 2011

Save The Poe House

The Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Baltimore is in danger of closing due to lack of funds.

City budget cutbacks have put the museum on the chopping block unless someone - a corporation - a sponsor - wealthy philanthropist - ANYONE - can step in and fund it.

The city actually axed the $85,000 a year budget two years ago and since the museum has existed on public funding. That isn't enough and so they will have to close soon if a solution isn't found.

The building is a historical landmark and will be preserved regardless of a functioning museum - however it would just sit there boarded up.

This place can't close," Jeff Jerome, museum curator, said as he stood in the museum's lobby, formerly Poe's parlor. "It would be an embarrassment to the city to have thousands of people come to the city to see a boarded-up house."

News Article

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