Re-appraisal Reading Circle
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Re-appraisal Reading Circle will meet tonight to choose authors for next year.


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.

La Tertulia
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Thursdays

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.

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
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.

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!

La Tertulia
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.