So, we’ve got some exciting news that I have been dying to share but unable to until it was no longer considereed confidential. The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a Poe bicentennial commemorative stamp in 2009 and, appropriately, it will be unveiled here in Richmond. The first issue event will be held at Library of Virginia on January 16th so collectors can buy the stamp on the day of issue and have it canceled by the USPS on site. Dignitaries will be there from the Postmaster’s office and Virginia state government to handle the dedication, but our own Hal Poe has also been asked to speak. I will be uploading details about it on the calendar of events and will try to make as many details available as possible. Copies of Hal’s new Edgar biography will be available for purchase and he will stick around to sign copies.
We’ll see you in January! It just so happens that January 16th is the Friday before a three-day weekend so it is a great opportunity to visit Richmond, see a wealth of Poe sites, and get your collectable Poe stamp at the same time. Don’t forget there is a Garrison Keillor and Symphony performance that same week, along with the 24 hours of activity at the Poe Museum on January 19th, the actual birthday.
Check back often. We are always adding new details about events as they become available. If you want to receive email updates when the calendar is updated you can sign up for those on the home page of www.poe200th.com.