Jan
18
Fri
Reappraisal Reading Circle: H.G. Wells
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reappraisal Reading Circle is an open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.  Participants are encouraged to read any work by the selected author to contribute to the discussion.  Even if you haven’t read any of the books you are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Monday every other month but occasionally are held on Fridays in the event of a Monday holiday.

 

H. G. Wells ( 1866-1946)

 

Englishman, novelist, journalist, educator, satirist, sociologist, futurist and prophet — these are a few of the words which could describe Herbert George Wells. He was prolific. He wrote in many genres and his influence was far reaching.

 

Wells is credited with inventing several classic themes in science fiction through his novels: The Time Machine; The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Invisible Man; and The War of the Worlds.

 

He also made history a best seller with his The Outline of History (1920) and then A Short History of the World (1922) which Albert Einstein praised. In 1933 Wells predicted a world war would break out by January 1940. It actually began in September 1940.  In 1901 Wells envisioned the new world of the twentieth century and made correct calls about much of what was to come in  Anticipations of the Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought. His ideas are perceptive and provocative, and controversial. Above all, they have influenced most of us.

 

Jan
19
Sat
CSEM: Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CSEM: Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Cambridge Society for Early Music presents “Baroque at Heart,” a splendid assortment of music of the greatest Baroque masters, including J.S. Bach and J.-B. Lully, with works of their friends, family and admirers from Germany, France & Italy: Concertos, overtures and variations.

$35 | $25 seniors & Athenaeum members | students free
Information: www.csem.org | 617-489-2062

Jan
22
Tue
Winter Warm-up at the Adriatic
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of friends and complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Adriatic. As you soak in the warmth and comfort of one of Salem’s premier eating and drinking establishments, we’re hoping to raise essential operating funds to help support our programs for 2019.

All proceeds support the Athenæum. Cash bar.

Jan
29
Tue
Salem History Lecture
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jeff Arcari will discuss the history of oriental rugs in New England.

Co-presented by Historic Salem, Inc. and Salem Athenaeum.

Feb
2
Sat
Storytelling
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In the spirit of the Moth Radio Hour, the Salem Athenaeum Writing Committee offers another evening of live storytelling on the theme of resolutions.

Come hear true stories from community members.

In honor of Groundhog Day, tonight’s theme is Seeing Your Shadow.

Contact us if you have a story to share.

 

Feb
8
Fri
Fin de Siecle String Quartet
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This ensemble plays its repertoire on gut strings, producing the distinctive warm and lush sound that the composers before 1900 had in mind when they wrote music.

Feb
13
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Feb 13 @ 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.

Mar
2
Sat
Magic Carpet Ride—Party to benefit Salem Athenaeum
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Save the date for our annual fundraising party!

Details TBD, but fun is guaranteed.

Mar
13
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Mar 13 @ 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.

Mar
18
Mon
Reappraisal Reading Circle: John Galsworthy
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reappraisal Reading Circle is an open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.  Participants are encouraged to read any work by the selected author to contribute to the discussion.  Even if you haven’t read any of the books you are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Monday every other month but occasionally are held on Fridays in the event of a Monday holiday.

 

John Galsworthy ( 1867-1933)

 

Best known as a playwright in his own time, John Galsworthy’s lasting reputation has been as a novelist, most notably for the Forsyte Saga and its sequels. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932.