Scary Cash Crunch At Poe Museum
August 7, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
BALTIMORE, Aug. 7 (UPI) — The operators of the Edgar Allen Poe museum in Baltimore say the loss of financial support from the city could force them to close.
Poe House is located off the beaten tourist track and has been operating on its reserve funds since last year when the city cut off its annual $85,000 stipend.
“It would be ironic, after all these years of aggressively and actively promoting the Poe House and the Poe grave to have it close,” curator Jeff Jerome told The New York Times.
Poe is one of Baltimore’s more-famous sons. The writer penned creepy classics such as “The Raven” in the 1800s, but his birthplace is located in a housing development that hasn’t been able to draw in enough tourists to cover the costs.
The Times said the museum has hired a consultant to come up with a plan for survival.