Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc.

160 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Email: info@bostonpoe.org


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Laying the foundation for the Poe statue


These events are open to the public and
free of charge, but space is limited.

The Raven’s Trail:
A Walking Tour of Poe’s Boston

Saturday, October 4, 1 pm

Starting Place:  78 Charles Street South, Boston MA 02116  (in front of the Milner Hotel)
This 90-minute tour explores Poe's connections to Boston—from his birth here in 1809 to his return as a young man in 1827 and his controversial appearance before the Boston Lyceum in 1845. Sites visited  include the likely Poe birthplace, Edgar Allan Poe Square, the grave of Charles Sprague (called the  Banker-Poet of Boston), the Frog Pond on Boston Common, and the King's Chapel Burying Ground. Your guide is Paul Lewis, Boston College English professor and chair of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston. 

Pre-dedication Program

Sunday, October 5, 12:30-1:30 pm

Location: Boston Park Plaza, Georgian Ballroom, Second Floor 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116
This pre-dedication celebration will feature sculptor Stefanie Rocknak, WBUR arts reporter Andrea Shea, authors Matthew Pearl and Megan Marshall, composer Mary Bichner and the Planetary Quartet, director of the Boston Art Commission Karin Goodfellow, Poe Foundation of Boston chair Paul Lewis, Poe Studies Association president Philip Edward Phillips, Professor Nadia Nurhussein, actor Stephen Whaling,  and independent scholar Rob Velella. Limited seating: doors open at noon. Please be aware that, due to cost and permit restrictions, food will not be served at this event. However, a number of restaurants will be open in the area.

Unveiling and Dedication of Poe Returning to Boston

Sunday, October 5, 2 pm

Location: Edgar Allan Poe Square, the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South

Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, and a representative of Mayor Walsh will speak. Limited space availability; roped-off area for media, project participants, etc. These events are open to the public free of charge, but space is limited.


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Board of Directors

 Patricia Bartevian, Treasurer

John LaFleur, President

Paul Lewis, Chair

Rob Velella

Advisory Board

Katherine Kim

Richard Kopley

Philip E. Phillips

Stefanie Rocknak

Susan Jaffe Tane