Jul
8
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Jul
12
Fri
Salon: Storytelling—Heat
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Summer Salon series kicks off this evening!

Join several storytellers who share true stories from their lives, told live without notes. The evening’s theme is “heat.” Among the storytellers will be Judy Bedell, Peter Eschauzier, Colleen Michaels, and Bill Scannell. J.D. Scrimgeour hosts.

Judy Wang Bedell came to the U.S. from Beijing, China for graduate school and then stayed in the US to live and work. She is a Salem resident and has lived in the city for 24 years.

Peter Eschauzier was born in 1940 in Modjokerto, Java, Indonesia. He grew up in the Netherlands, West Newton, MA, Roslyn, New York, and Switzerland. He served in the US Navy from 1963-68, and then worked as a pilot for many years. He served on the Board of Directors of Historic Salem and was the President of the Grey Eagles, representing the retired pilots of American Airlines.

Colleen Michaels writes poems and tells stories. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she’s been hosting the Improbable Places Poetry Tour for 10 years. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, on the ceiling of the PEM and the stairs to Crane Beach, and on bar coasters under pints.

Bill Scannell grew up in Worcester, MA and attended school there. He graduated from Skidmore College, and, thereafter, Suffolk University Law School. He is married and the father of three children.

J.D. Scrimgeour is the Chair of the Athenaeum Writing Committee.

 

Please join us on Fridays in July and August for one or more of these special evenings!

July 12: Storytelling hosted by J.D. Scrimgeour

July 19: Dave Williams — Polling

July 26: Margie Lavender and Dean Lahikainen— Harmony Grove Cemetery

August 9: Boston Saxophone Quartet

August 16: James R. Scrimgeour and Carl Carlsen — Dogtown

August 23: Vicky Sirianni — Palladio

Jul
13
Sat
Book Group
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Jul
19
Fri
Salon: Dave Williams—The Art and Science of Polling
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dave Williams will present a retrospective of the history of survey research in political campaigns from FDR to today and how technology and procedural changes have impacted the reliability of modern polling.

Since the founding of Williams and Associates by David E. Williams in 1989 the company has consulted with both corporate and political clients including the campaign committee for Presidents Rupiah Banda (Zambia), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Governor William F. Weld (R MA), GTE/Sylvania, Hydro-Quebec, the National Association of Government Employees, the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), the US Agency for International Development, and the United States Department of State.

Jul
26
Fri
Salon: Harmony Grove Cemetery
Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Marge Lavender, Executive Director of Harmony Grove Cemetery, and Dean Lahikainen of PEM will speak on the history of the cemetery and some of its residents with Athenaeum connections.

Aug
9
Fri
Salon: Boston Saxophone Quartet
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us on the lawn for a special Friday evening concert by Boston Saxophone Quartet.

Aug
10
Sat
Book Group
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Aug
12
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Aug
16
Fri
Salon: Dogtown—James R. Scrimgeour and Carl Carlsen
Aug 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dogtown, the abandoned settlement on Cape Ann, has long fascinated historians and artists for its stories and its geography. According to Professor Carl Carlsen, James R. Scrimgeour’s recent book of poetry, Voices of Dogtown: Poems Arising Out of a Ghost Town Landscape (Loom Press) “comes as close…as anyone has come to capturing the complete essence of Dogtown.” Join Carlsen and Scrimgeour for a tour of Dogtown, past and present, through Scrimgeour’s verse.

After the presentation, there will be a Q&A, followed by conversation and book signing.

Carl Carlsen is Professor Emeritus of English at North Shore Community College and creator of the website Poetry of Places in Essex County www.poetryofplaces.org, which includes poetry and other materials about Dogtown. He is the author of Brickyard Stories: A Lynn Neighborhood and its Traditions (1985) and is currently working on a sequel, Brickyard Stories 2.0.

Dr. James R. Scrimgeour is Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University. He has published nine books of poetry. His latest book, Voices of Dogtown: Poems Arising Out of a Ghost Town Landscape, has just been published by Loom Press. His new book is available at Amazon, Loom Press and bookstores on the North Shore.

 

Aug
23
Fri
Salon: Victoria Sirianni: From the Veneto to Virginia—the Unlikely Beginnings of American Architecture
Aug 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This is the story of a 16th-century Italian architect’s profound influence on the development of American architecture and specifically that of Thomas Jefferson.

The Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), considered one of the most influential architects in history,  was clearly a strong influence in the development early American architecture—including the Jeffersonian style reflected in the Athenaeum’s Colonial Revival building by the architect Rantoul.

Victoria Sirianni is a consultant to industry and universities. Having served in a variety of positions at MIT for over 30 years, her last position was as MIT’s Chief Facilities Officer where she was responsible for the management of its physical campus and shepherding its $1.5B second major building program. Subsequently, She served as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Thomas Jefferson University.
She has been both a Palladio and Jefferson enthusiast for a lifetime.