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Summer Salon Series
Fridays @ 5:30 pm

July 11: Trip Mason
Never Trust a Printed Image

July 18: Hale Bradt
Jungle Warfare in the Solomon Islands: Another View

July 25: Hannah Diozzi
Tales of the Trails: Adventure of a Walking Tour Guide

August 1: Peter Alachi
Germs: The Good, Bad & Ugly

August 8: Charlie Allen
Growing Up in the Chestnut Street Area: Influences on My Development as an Artist

August 15: Lynn Murray
My Travels in Africa

August 22: Hannah Tinti
Conversation with the award-winning editor of One Story and author of The Good Thief

College Admissions Essay Coaching
with Peter Franklin
Session 1: July 14 and 16
Session 2: August 11 and 13
Tuition $199
Scholarships available
Registration and more info
Email Peter Franklin

Annual Book Sale
Member's Preview:
Friday, Sep. 12, 6-8 pm

Book Sale
Saturday, Sep. 13, 10 am-1 pm
Sunday, Sep. 14, 12-3 pm

Donations accepted during library hours through Sep. 11.

Library Hours:

Tue / Wed / Fri: 1 PM to 5 PM
Thursday: 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 2 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday
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Conservation Night

The Athenaeum community came out to support the third Conservation night on Wednesday, June 4 and fully sponsored the repair of 15 volumes. Six more require additional funding. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring one of these books:

The Literati by Edgar A. Poe needs $200

Salem Witchcraft in Outline by Caroline Upham needs $110

Convention Sermons needs $300

Psalterium Americanum needs $400

A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (OED) needs $420

The Present State of Peru needs $825

Complete list of 2014 conservation candidates

For more about conservation and to see the amazing makeovers completed during 2012, visit our spring exhibition:


“Transformation!” showcases the first graduates of the Athenæum’s Adopt-a-Book Conservation Program. In June 2012, the Athenæum held its first Conservation Night in an effort to raise funds to repair some of the older volumes in our Collection.

Book conservation involves slow and painstaking work. “Before” and “Process” photos illustrate the transformation of these remarkable and eloquent books from weak and worn to healthy and renewed, with covers reattached, pages smoothed and spines intact and straight.

The exhibit includes conservator’s tools such as gold and silver leaf, lettering implements, a bone folder, a brayer and a “snake.” You can also learn about the anatomy of a book and, for R & R, visit a book "spa" to see how the aging pages are rejuvenated. 

On Conservation Night, June 3, the books that were adopted last year—the second graduating class—will make their debut. Meet the new candidates for conservation and welcome the newest graduates home! 

This spring, let’s celebrate the conservation of these valuable books and the generosity of the donors who made the transformations possible!

The exhibition is open during library hours and special events through September 6.


We are grateful to our 2013-2014 Program Sponsors


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Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
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