New Members Night
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member, please join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Salem Athenaeum building.  The evening will include a reception and an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Salon: The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen
Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Timothy Boyce, editor of From Day to Day, a World War II concentration camp diary, will present the first Summer Salon for 2017.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is one of only a handful of such diaries ever translated into English.

Secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner, the diary entries brilliantly illuminate Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate.

Timothy Boyce practiced law, specializing in real estate finance, for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with offices in 14 countries. He retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Finance, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
A resident of Tryon, North Carolina, Tim lives with his wife Tara, two horses, two barn cats, two dogs, and almost 5,000 books.

La Tertulia
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Salon: Total Solar Eclipse
Jul 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A Total Solar Eclipse will traverse the entire USA on August 21. These are THE most dramatic, rare, celestial phenomena humans can experience with the unaided eye (i.e., no telescope). A partial solar eclipse, which Boston will experience, is interesting, but dull by comparison. The rising sun is similarly dramatic, but we are rather used to that! Hale’s lecture will illuminate the following points:

•    What are Total and Partial Solar Eclipses?
•    Why and when do they occur?
•    Why are they interesting historically and useful scientifically?
•    Why should one travel to see totality when I can stay home and see a partial eclipse?
•    What does one see/experience before during and after totality?
•    Eye Safety

Hale Bradt is Professor of Physics, Emeritus at MIT and a longtime eclipse fan. He has seen several total eclipses and has lectured on them to groups where they were taking place, including one tour group in Turkey in 2006.

Night Owls—Lucky 7!
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

On occasional First Fridays, the Night Owls will convene. On July 7, we invite you to bring games to share, a topic to discuss, or to just show up and join the fun. It’ll be a hoot!


Seven is the theme for the night.

Good Luck

Deadly Sins


Black Jack (3×7=21)

Seven Wonders

What does seven mean to you?

Or forget about seven and just come have some fun with us!


Book Group
Jul 8 @ 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
Jul 10 @ 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
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Jul 12 @ 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.

Summer Salon: The Scarlet Letter(s): The Life and Loves of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Jul 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Upon his death, Salem’s Nathaniel Hawthorne asked his friends and family to destroy all personal letters between them. Many letters survived to this day, revealing the true nature of one of our greatest American authors. Written and performed by Bob Gautreau.