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Les Bostonades
CSEM Concert
Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 pm
$30; $25 members and seniors;
free for students 17 and under

Salem Lit Fest
Kick-off Party
Friday, Nov. 7, 6-8 pm
$30; $25 for members (discount code is Ath5)
For details and to register, visit

Book Group
Discussion of The Zhivago Affair by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 am

Adams Lecture
The First World War in Transnational Perspective
with Jay Winter
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 pm
Ames Hall, 1 Sewall St., Salem
$30, $25 members and veterans, $5 students
Wine and dessert reception follows the lecture
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When Witches Fly, Which Way Should They Hold 
the Broom?: Experiments with Genre Convention 
in YA and Adult Fiction      

with Katherine Howe
Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 am-noon
$75 space is very limited
Reserve now

Spinning Yarns for the Holidays
A story-telling extravaganza
Friday, Dec. 12, 7 pm

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2014 Adams Lecture honors WWI

To mark the centennial of the beginning of the First World War the Salem Athenæum welcomes Jay Winter to deliver the 2014 Adams Lecture.

Jay M. Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, is an expert on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books, including: The Experience of World War I; Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History; 1914-1918: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century; Remembering War: The Great War between History and Memory in the 20th Century; and Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the 20th Century. He also has contributed more than 40 chapters to edited volumes. 

The PBS series, "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century," which Winter co-produced, co-wrote and served as chief historian, won an Emmy, a George Foster Peabody Award, and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.

Professor Jay Winter of Yale University is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. He edited the recently published three-volume Cambridge History of the First World War. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Graz in 2010.   

Please join us for this compelling lecture!  The event will be followed by a wine and dessert reception.

The annual Adams Lecture is the Athenaeum's signature event, named in honor of John Adams, beloved former librarian, and devoted to topics pertaining to New England and American history and culture.  
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Miniature Works of Art

Bookplates Poster People like to put their mark on things. One example of this quirk of human nature is the bookplate. Now considered a quaint artifact, these were once important identifiers of prized possessions. Also called ex libris they have been used since the 15th century. The designs reflect their era and reveal how the book owners chose to express themselves.

As portals into history, some bookplates tell about people who were stars in their own day but are now forgottten, such as William Brown, the Salem-born Governor of Bermuda, Susan Burley, the lovely patron of Hawthorne and the Athenaeum, and Rev. George Innes, the 50-year headmaster of an English boys' school that was founded in 914 and still exists today.

Curator Elaine von Bruns has assembled an impressive array of historic bookplates from the Athenaeum's collection and other sources, including a supralibros and some remarkable examples of the bookplate art from the height of the form in the 18th and 19th centuries. Modern examples worthy of note are featured as well.




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