October 10, 2011
It would seem that the Baltimore Ravens would be the ideal source of the ongoing financial support needed by the Edgar Allan Poe House ("Plight of city's Poe House draws national attention," Oct. 7). The tie in is obvious, of benefit to both the museum and the team, and an insignificant expense compared to team operating costs. George White, Timonium
February 11, 2014
The longtime head of Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, who oversaw its fight to protect the city's old structures for more than three decades, announced her retirement Tuesday. Kathleen Kotarba, a 1975 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, began her 38-year tenure in city government in 1974 and has served as CHAP's executive director since 1981. During that time, the commission named 21 of the city's 33 historic districts, identified 127 of the roughly 180 Baltimore City landmarks, restored the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, established a popular city tax credit for historic restoration and launched a program focused on conservation of the city's monuments, among other achievements.
January 19, 2012
Is one of Baltimore's quirkiest traditions -- the Poe toaster -- dead? In the dark of night, on Jan. 19, the author's birthday, a mysterious, anonymous toaster had for years left cognac and roses at his grave outside Westminster Hall. Now that the stranger has failed to show up -- for the third straight year -- some are declaring an end to the tradition. Here are a few graphs from a story by The Baltimore Sun's Chris Kaltenbach writes: Early Thursday morning, a tired Jeff Jerome, curator of the city's Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, "officially" pronounced the Poe-toasting tradition over.
April 23, 2012
Even as Edgar Allan Poe's continuing presence in Baltimore remains uncertain, another East Coast city —the one in which the celebrated author was born — is preparing to honor him with a bronze statue. Poe partisans in Boston have chosen New York sculptor Stefanie Rocknak for the $125,000 project. Her design shows an adult Poe, who left Boston as a young child, as though he had just stepped off a train. To be placed in the city's Edgar Allan Poe Square, at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, the statue will be situated so that Poe is heading back to his birthplace.
January 19, 2010
A longtime tribute to Edgar Allan Poe may have come to an end with the absence of the "Poe Toaster," who for more than half a century has marked the poet's birthday by laying roses and a bottle of cognac at his original grave site. This is the first time since Jan. 19, 1949 that the person, whose identity is unknown, failed to arrive, said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe House. "I was very annoyed," he said. "I've been doing this since 1977, and there was no indication he wasn't going to show up," Jerome said.
September 26, 2013
Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, shuttered since September 2012, will open on weekends in October, offering a "sneak peak" at what visitors will experience when it reopens for good next spring. "There aren't any major changes," said Kristen Harbeson, president of the board of directors of Poe Baltimore, the nonprofit that will be taking over day-to-day management of the West Baltimore historic site from the city. Inside the house, "it's been refreshed; it's been updated," she said.