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

Irene Axelrod and Rebecca Putnam will speak on the history of the Harmony Grove Cemetery and some of its residents with Athenaeum connections.

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

Join us on the lawn for a special Friday evening concert of Puccini, Mancini, and Duke by Boston Saxophone Quartet.

The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a unique blend of musicians who have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England. Their repertoire ranges from Swing, Ragtime, Jazz, The Beatles … all the way back to the Renaissance.

This evening’s program will include:

1. Toccata – Girolamo Frescobaldi
2. Pink Panther – Henry Mancini
3. Mio Bambino Caro from Gianni Schicchi –  Giacomo Puccini
4. Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
5. I love You – Cole Porter
6.  Pan-Am Rag – Tom Turpin
7. Triste – Antonio Carlos Jobim
8. All that Jazz from Chicago – John Kander
9. Gershwin Medley from Porgy and Bess – arr. by Matt Marvuglio
10.  In the Mood – Glenn Miller
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.

Sep
6
Fri
Members’ Preview Book Sale
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark your calendars for the best book sale of the Fall! Members, plus one guest, have the opportunity to attend the Member’s Preview Book Sale on Friday night, before it opens to the public on Saturday morning.

Sep
9
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Sep 9 @ 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!

Sep
14
Sat
Book Group
Sep 14 @ 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.