Writers’ Open Studio
Jul 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Salem Writers’ Group
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

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!

Writers’ Open Studio
Jul 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

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.