Poe 2009 Bicentennial Events

Drawing of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe poster

Art Institute of Philadelphia Joanna Boyle

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free but reservations are suggested.Please phone (215) 597-8780.

Friends of Poe - 2009 Spring Newsletter
Read all about the latest updates, what legendary musician recently visited our site and more.

Wednesday, October 7th, evening
On the 160th anniversary of the author’s death, Hal Poe, professor from Union University and descendant of one of Edgar’s relatives, will discuss the most famous member of his family tree. The professor’s book on Poe has been nominated for an Edgar Award and an Agatha Award. Location to be announced.

Saturday, November 21 (time and location to be announced)
Kevin Poe (no relation) will give a fascinating and entertaining talk, illustrated with beautiful images of astral bodies, which explains the science behind Poe’s major work, Eureka, about the origins of the universe, and why it is largely unknown. Kevin interprets the night sky as a Park Ranger at Bryce Canyon in Utah.

Saturday, January 10, 2010 2:00 pm
Penn State English Professor Richard Kopley will talk about Poe and the mystery story and sign copies of his book Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries. Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 North Seventh Street, Philadelphia. (215) 597-8780. Free.

Other Events

October 2 -3, 2009 7:30 pm
Edgar Allan Poe, (Park Ranger Helen McKenna-Uff, appearing on behalf of the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site) will perform some of his greatest works at Allaire Historic Village (732) 919-3500. The performance time is 7:30pm at the Howell Works Chapel National Historic Site, a charming 19th century setting seating only 100 people.

October 8 -11, 2009
The Third International Poe Conference will meet in Philadelphia Oct 8 to 11, 2009, at the Hyatt Hotel. At the conference, Poe scholars will present new scholarship, participants will attend Poe-inspired musical performances and enjoy a private viewing of the Gimbel Poe Collection.

October 1- November 1, 2009
Brat Productions is mounting a haunted house NOT for kiddies. “Haunted Poe”, will have you moving from room to room, down twisting hallways, to encounter scenes from “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Raven”, etc. Contact brat@bratproductions.org or call (215 627-2577.

Friends of Poe
Friends of Poe supports the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in its efforts to interpret Poe’s life. Membership benefits include free attendance of special events, books, tours and an opportunity to meet with other Poe admirers.

We invite you to join. If you join, among other benefits, you will receive the twice-yearly Friends of Poe Newsletter. For more information, go to www.friendsofindependence.org or call the Friends at (215)597-7919 or call EDAL at (215) 597-8780.

Last updated: December 9, 2017

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