Everything in this museum is about Poe. We have some of his personal things, a lock of his hair, his cane and bed. Also on display are some copies of his earlier works.
I was an English major at VCU where I graduated in 1996. Because of my major, I was exposed to some of Poe's works and that is what got me interested in the first place. I have been manager here for two years now and I do pretty much everything that needs to be done. From personnel requirements to cleaning the bathrooms, if nobody's there to do it. There isn't much that I don't do around here. Thankfully I do not have to do the hiring too often. I am also responsible for putting out our quarterly newsletter of events.
We had some 10,000 visitors last year, I actually have the exact figure in my head. We do charge for the tours $6 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors.
When I am not doing museum duties, I sing in a band together with my boyfriend. The name of the band is Corntooth. We perform country music mostly older covers, like Patsy Cline and some of our own music too.
Most people do not realize how much there is to be learned in a museum and how very interesting it can be. A lot of fun things go on around here and we just enjoy ourselves. We have cats that come to the museum grounds all the time, and a while ago I saw this cat with extra digits on its limbs. We call them Hemingway cats, because Hemingway had extra digits, and I found that so wild a Hemingway cat in a Poe museum. They were both writers.
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