Dear PoeFriends:

It’s been a couple of months since I posted here, but that doesn’t mean that Poe Baltimore has been stagnant…far from it!  We’ve been busy taking care of some of the details required in starting a new non-profit.  It’s been a learning opportunity to be part of a group from its inception, and walking all the steps necessary to become official: so many documents to sign and file; so many procedural steps (we now have an EIN, for example)!  Getting out of the weeds, though, there are two exciting things to share:

1) New Board Member: When the PoeBaltimore board met on Tuesday morning, we were thrilled to be joined by our newest Board Member, Hurst Hessey.  Hurst is an attorney in Baltimore who has been a committed boardmember on nonprofits all over the city and state, including the Small Museum Association and the Havre de Grace Museum.  He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and as an attorney he adds a skillset that is essential for any successful organization.

2) Executive Committee: Before we could officially file for our 501c3 status, PoeBaltimore had to hold its first official, organizational meeting and elect officers.  It is my pleasure and honor to announce that the inaugural leaders will be:

Kristen Harbeson (me), President
Sam Rogers, Vice President
Gregg Wilhelm, Secretary
Hurst Hessey, Treasurer

We are all excited to move forward.  Our next meeting will be in early January, where in a “retreat” setting we will determine a plan for the year to come.

3) Vandalism at the Poe House:  If you’ve been following the news, you may have seen a bit in the Baltimore Sun recently on some vandalism at the Poe House.  I want to assure you that we are working closely with the City to ensure the security of the Amity Street house.  Our partners at the City are aware of the problem and have been very responsive to our concerns.  Please let us know if you have any ideas or concerns.

That’s it for now…but look for more news soon!

Best,

Kristen Harbeson, President

The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore MD, 21223

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