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Buy books and help the Poe Museum raise money!


Get into the Halloween spirit and help raise money for the Poe Museum by shopping at the Chesterfield Towne Center Barnes & Noble on October 23rd!

Poe Pumpkin and Portrait

All you have to do is come to the store (located at 11500 Midlothian Turnpike) on October 23rd, 2011 and buy books. When you get to the register mention you are with the Poe Museum and a percentage of the money you spend will go to support the Poe Museum in Richmond. Anything you buy, from books to Nooks to muffins in the coffee shop helps.

We’ll have a host of fun and activities throughout the day including Black Cat & Raven puppet making, readings of Poe’s works and readings from the new Richmond Macabre horror anthology as well as a special appearance by Unhappy Hour favorite Beggars of Life.

Here is a schedule of the activities planned for the day:

10 A.M.-Noon Make your own black cat and raven puppets
Noon “The Pit and the Pendulum” read by Scott Bergman of Haunts of Richmond
1 P.M. Reading from the new horror anthology Richmond Macabre
2 P.M. Horror makeup demonstration by actor Keith Kaufelt
3 P.M. “Do You Know Poe?” Talk by Poe Museum Curator Chris Semtner
4 P.M. Another reading from Richmond Macabre
5:30 P.M. “The Tell-Tale Heart” Performed by Jamie Ebersole
6 P.M.-7:30 P.M. Live Music by Beggars of Life

So come out and do some shopping for All Hallow’s Read (What is “All Hallow’s Read”, you ask? Learn more here: http://www.allhallowsread.com) or get an early start on your Holiday shopping and feel good about helping the Poe Museum out at the same time!

Can’t make it out to Chesterfield Towne Center on the 23rd?
You can still help the Poe Museum by participating in our ONLINE BOOKFAIR from October 23rd through October 28th. Just visit bn.com/bookfairs and enter the Bookfair ID # 10564045 before you check out.

Buying books and helping out the Poe Museum, what could be better?




Poe Museum in Richmond is NOT CLOSING


Reports of the Poe Museum’s demise have been vastly exaggerated.

On Sunday morning, viewers of CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood were shocked to hear the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia is closing its doors. No one was more surprised than we at the Poe Museum. Not only are we not closing, but we are preparing to celebrate our ninetieth anniversary with a full schedule of exhibits and events. Since Sunday morning’s broadcast, the Poe Museum has been inundated with calls and emails from concerned citizens from across the country, but we assured them, and will continue to assure them, that the Poe Museum in Richmond is doing fine and has not lost its funding. We appreciate all the concern expressed by our friends, and we hope you will continue to support the Poe Museum.

If you have never been to the Poe Museum, or if you have not visited in a while, October is the perfect time to pay us a visit to see our new exhibits, “The Raven, Terror & Death” and “Death and Mourning in the Age of Poe.” We will also have a book launch for the new anthology Richmond Macabre on October 2, our annual commemoration of the anniversary of Poe’s death on October 6 (Yes, we celebrate his birthday as well as his death day.), our Halloween Unhappy Hour on October 27, and Poe’s Pumpkin Patch on October 29. In the new year, we will celebrate Poe’s birthday with a Poe-rade through Poe’s Richmond and the opening of a new exhibit of the 43 illustrations to “The Raven” done by James Carling in 1883 and not publicly exhibited in over 35 years. In April, we will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Poe Museum with a new exhibit of rarely seen or recently discovered Poe manuscripts and letters.

Below is a list of some of next year’s Unhappy Hours and exhibits. You can expect to see even more of the kind of events only the Poe Museum can bring you.

Saturday, January 14th – Poe’s Birthday Bash – Noon to midnight!

Saturday, January 14th- Exhibit Opening: “James Carling’s Illustrations for ‘The Raven’” (continues until May 30) in Exhibit Building

Thursday, April 26th – 90th Anniversary of Poe Museum opening (1920s garden party) – Unhappy Hour – 6-9pm

Thursday, April 26th –Exhibit Opening: “In Poe’s Hand: Letters and Manuscripts” (continues until July 11) in Memorial Building

Thursday, May 24th – Unhappy Hour “The Enchanted Garden” – 6-9pm

Thursday, June 28th – Unhappy Hour “The Gold Bug” (pirates!) – 6-9pm

Thursday, July 26th – Unhappy Hour “The Oval Portrait” (Poe Carnival) – 6-9pm

Thursday, July 26th –Exhibit Opening: “New Acquisitions of Poe Portraiture” (Until September 30) in Exhibit Building 2nd Floor

Thursday, August 23rd – Unhappy Hour “The Premature Burial” – 6-9pm
Thursday, Sept. 27th – Unhappy Hour “The Masque of the Red Death” (Poe variety show) – 6-9pm

Sunday, October 7th – Poe’s Death Day Celebration – Noon-6pm

Thursday, October 25th – Unhappy Hour “The Black Cat”—6-9pm

Sunday, October 28th – Poe’s Pumpkin Patch – Noon to 5pm

Friday, December 7th – Poe Illumination – 6-9pm




Baby Dedication Ceremony at the Museum!


This previous weekend may have been a Poe Museum first; a baby dedication was held in the museum’s Poe Shrine on Saturday morning. The family gave me permission to take photos, and the ceremony began just a few minutes after the museum opened. Afterward I asked the father of the child why he chose the museum for the ceremony, to which he replied, “Well, I’ve always been a fan of Poe, and this seemed like a good place. This is going to be around for a long time.” At one point I made the comment that I’d never really seen a baby dedication take place outside of a church before. The father said, “Just ask my oldest one. We held his dedication at the Lincoln Memorial.”




Artist Brings Poe Portrait to Museum


While taking a tour of Poe sites from South Carolina to New York, Alabama artist Jeremy Adams stopped by the Poe Museum to see the exhibits and to show us the portrait he painted of Edgar Allan Poe. When he left us, he planned to visit the Allan graves at Shockoe Hill Cemetery and Poe’s mother’s grave at St. John’s Church before heading to the Poe House and grave in Baltimore. In this photo taken in the Poe Shrine, the artist is holding the portrait of Poe he developed over the course of eight months.




Virginia Poe Travel Package


Richmond’s Linden Row Inn (www.lindenrowinn.com) is located on the site of the “Enchanted Garden” where a teenaged Poe once courted his first fiancée Elmira Royster. One of Poe’s boyhood homes stood directly across the street from this historic 1840s inn.

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Poe Commemorative Stamp


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.