David Keltz will perform as Edgar Allan Poe

Poe in Person:
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets do not go on sale until noon on Sunday, September 8

Baltimore-based actor David Keltz will return to northeast Ohio for the tenth straight year to present Poe in Person: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at James A. Garfield National Historic Site on Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18, and Saturday October 19. Keltz is the nation’s foremost Edgar Allan Poe reenactor. He will appear as Poe in each performance, reciting Poe stories and poems completely from memory.

Each evening will feature two performances by Keltz, the first at 6 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. 6 p.m. showtimes will feature the story The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven, and 8 p.m showtimes will feature Hop Frog and The Raven. The evening also includes special exhibits, open house tours of the Garfield home, and light refreshments. Tickets are $25 per person per show. Must be 16 years or older to attend. Questions about the program? Please call the site at 440-255-8722. Questions about your order? Please call 330-657-2909.

This event is sponsored by the James A. Garfield Alliance (part of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park) and made possible by a generous grant from the Arts and Culture Fund of the Lake County Visitors Bureau. Additional support is provided by America’s National Parks (formerly Eastern National).


October 17, 6 p.m. – SOLD OUT October 17, 8 p.m.
October 18, 6 p.m. – SOLD OUT October 18, 8 p.m.
October 19, 6 p.m. – SOLD OUT October 19, 8 p.m.

About the Performer

David Keltz gave his first performance as Edgar Allan Poe on Halloween night 1991 at Poe’s grave. Delighting all ages, he commands five hours of Poe’s poems, short stories, essays, literary criticism, letters and reported conversations.

Beginning with “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Mr. Keltz added “The Black Cat,” “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” “Hop-Frog,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “Some Words with a Mummy,” “The Spectacles,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum” to his repertoire. In keeping with Edgar Poe’s own “Poetic Principle,” Mr. Keltz recites “To Helen,” “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven,” and many more of Poe’s famous poems.

In his travels, Mr. Keltz performed in Prague, Czech Republic for the International Poe Festival, opening the Festival at the Rudolfinum Concert Hall with “The Bells.” Stateside, he continues to bring Edgar Allan Poe to life for elementary and high schools, universities, and private organizations, large and small.

National Park Service

The James A. Garfield Alliance, a group of community leaders, is committed to supporting the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and its activities.  The Alliance advocates for the historic site and raises funds to support educational and community events that enhance its public use and enjoyment. Events educate the public about President Garfield and help preserve history by telling stories about President Garfield’s life, presidency, and family, as well as the times in which he lived. Visitors are engaged in history through this national historic gem in Lake County, Ohio, creating cultural value and increasing tourism to the area.

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site welcomes thousands of visitors each year (over 53,000 visits in 2017) for a glimpse into the life of the late President Garfield, his family, and his legacy. Visitors can tour the 19th century home – where more than 80% of artifacts were owned by the Garfield family – explore the grounds, or attend special events related to the life of President Garfield and the time in which he lived.

About the James A. Garfield Alliance

The James A. Garfield Alliance was created in 2017 and works hand-in-hand with the site staff in fulfilling its mission to welcome the public and preserve the history and legacy of President James A. Garfield, both today and in the future. The goals of the Alliance are: 1) to advocate publicly for community interest in the James A. Garfield National Historic Site; and 2) to assist the site with fundraising, marketing, publicity, and programming.

With its experience as a nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park—an established friends group to a nearby national park site—is supporting the staff of James A. Garfield NHS in this initial stage until such time that the James A. Garfield Alliance is equipped to become a separate nonprofit.

Note: The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the fiscal agent for the James A. Garfield Alliance and holds a restricted finance account specifically for James A. Garfield NHS. All funds in this account will go toward Alliance fundraising initiatives that support the site.