May
2
Tue
Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

May
3
Wed
Spring Exhibition Opening: What Hawthorne Read
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What Hawthorne Read From the Collections of the Salem Athenaeum

Nathaniel Hawthorne delved into the depths of human nature in his fiction and prose.  A keen observer of people and places, including his hometown of Salem, he enhanced his vision with extensive reading.

Between 1828 and 1855, Hawthorne took out hundreds of volumes from the Salem Athenaeum.  They included books of history, poetry, fiction, philosophy, religion, science and travel, written in French, German and Spanish as well as in English.

Some of what he gleaned from his reading appears, transformed, in his writing. Like the soap bubbles he describes in The House of The Seven Gables, his work portrays life in “hues as bright as imagination.” Visit our Spring Exhibition and see a selection of the books that Hawthorne borrowed, often accompanied by passages from his own work.

Opening reception precedes the Annual Meeting

May
4
Thu
Mass Poetry Fest: A Celebration of the Salem Poetry Seminar
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Each June, the Salem Poetry Seminar brings together selected Massachusetts college students with others who share their obsession with words for five days of intense workshopping, drafting, and evening readings at the historic Salem Athenaeum. Students submit a selection of their work and are chosen to dig deep into their practice and to meet literary co-conspirators. The Seminar began in 2000, and has taken place six times since. For many SPS participants, their identity as Poet took form during this residency. Come hear what the seminar poets are up to today in a fun marathon reading in the place where it all began!

May
8
Mon
Re-Appraisal Reading Circle
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monthly open meeting to discuss the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2017 authors:

Jan. 9: Rudyard Kipling
Feb. 13: Edna Ferber
Mar. 13: Sinclair Lewis
Apr. 10: E.M. Delafield
May 8: James Fenimore Cooper

May
9
Tue
Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

May
12
Fri
Boston Classical Trio Concert
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We welcome the return of three brilliant musicians from Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society: cellist Guy Fishman, violinist and assistant concertmaster Susanna Ogata, and resident conductor and keyboard virtuoso, Ian Watson. They will present an all-Beethoven program on period instruments.

Sonata for piano and cello in F major, op.5, no.1.
Sonata no. 8 for piano and violin in G major, op. 30, no. 3
Trio for violin, cello, and piano in C minor, op. 1, no. 3

May
16
Tue
Our Future Climate Depends on What We Do Now
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

John Spengler will tell us how to combat the effects of greenhouse gases before it’s too late.
(Yes, there is still time!)

Spengler, the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution, and a variety of environmental sustainability issues. Several of his investigations have focused on housing design and its effects on ventilation rates, building materials’ selection, energy consumption, and total environmental quality in homes.

May
23
Tue
Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

May
27
Sat
Closed for Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 – May 29 all-day

The Salem Athenaeum is closed for Memorial Day Weekend.
We will be open as usual on Tuesday, May 30.

May
30
Tue
Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.