Sep
26
Tue
La Tertulia
Sep 26 @ 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 Poetry Salon
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm 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.

Sep
27
Wed
Conservation Night
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thank you to all who attended or participated in our sixth annual Conservation Night, which featuring some of the most important books in our historical collections.  
We made great progress at Conservation Night on September 27, but still need some help to reach our conservation goals for this year. Contact us at info@salemathenaeum.net to make a donation today!
Books in Need

 

Navigantium atque Itinerantium  Bibliotheca, or a complete collection of voyages and travels consisting of six hundred of the most authentic writers beginning with Hackluit, Purchass, et in English . . . together with such other histories, voyages, travels, or discoveries as are in general esteem whether published in English, Latin, French [etc.] . . . containing whatever has been observed worthy of notice in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America . . . illustrated by proper charts, maps, and cuts to which is prefixed a copious introduction comprising the rise and progress of the art of navigation . . .By John Harris.  London : T. Woodward, et al.  1744.  Two volumes.
8 shares of $235 remaining ($1880)

 

The following have been fully funded—Thank you!

1.  A Summary History of New-England, from the first settlement at Plymouth to the acceptance of the Federal Constitution comprehending a general sketch of the American War.  By Hannah Adams.  Dedham : H. Mann and J. H. Adams, 1799.

2.  The works of Anna Letitia Barbauld with a memoir by Lucy Aikin, in three volumes.  Boston : David Reed, 1826.

3. A state of the expedition from Canada as laid before the House of Commons by Lieutenant-General Burgoyne, and verified by evidence; with a collection of authentic documents, and an addition of many circumstances which were prevented from appearing before the House by the prorogation of Parliament.  John Burgoyne.  Second edition.  London. J. Almon, 1780.

4. The analysis of beauty. Written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste.  By William Hogarth.  London : J. Reeves, 1753.

5. Moby Dick.  By Herman Melville.  New York : Harper & Brothers.

6.  Travels in the interior districts of Africa: performed under the direction and patronage of the African Association in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797. By Mungo Park, surgeon.  With an appendix containing geographical illustrations of Africa.  By Major Rennell.  London : Printed by W. Bulmer and Co.; and sold by G. and W. Nicol, 1799.

7. The principles of mechanics. Explaining and demonstrating the general laws of motion, the laws of gravity, motions of descending bodies, projectiles, mechanic powers, pendulums, centers of gravity, etc. strength and stress of timber, hydrostatics,  and construction of machines.  A work very necessary to be known by all Gentlemen, and others, that desire to have an insight into the works of nature and art.  And extremely useful to all sorts of artificers; particularly to architects, engineers, shipwrights, millwrights, watchmakers, etc. or any that work in a mechanical way.  The second edition, corrected and very much enlarged. With 43 copper plates.  London: J. Richardson, 1758.

8. A treatise on the social compact or the principles of politic law.  By J. J. Rousseau.  London : T. Becket and P. A. de Hondt, 1764.

9. Observations on the climate in different parts of America, compared with the climate in corresponding parts of the other continent. To which are added remarks on the different complexions of the human race: with some account of the Aborigines of America. Being an introductory discourse to the History of North Carolina.  By Hugh Williamson, M.D. LL. D.  New York : T. & J. Swords, 1811.

 

10. Carey’s General Atlas: containing: 1. Map of the world, 2. Chart of the world, 3. Europe, etc.  Philadelphia: Published by Matthew Carey.  May 1, 1796.

11.  Principles of Electricity, containing  divers new theorems and experiments, together with an analysis of the superior advantages of high and pointed conductors. This treatise comprehends an explanation of an electrical returning stroke, by which, fatal effects may be produced, even at a vast distance from the place where the lightning falls.  By Charles Viscount Mahon, F. R. S. [Charles Stanhope Stanhope].  London : P. Elmsly, 1774.

12.  Just and impartial narrative of the controversy between the Rev. Mr. Samuel Fisk the Pastor, and a number of the brethren of the First Church of Christ in Salem. [and other pamphlets].  Boston : Thomas Fleet, 1735.


Oct
3
Tue
Salem Writers’ Group
Oct 3 @ 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.

Oct
4
Wed
Introducing Salem Artist Quinton Oliver Jones (1903-1999)
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This lecture presented by Connie Gephart orients viewers to the Athenaeum’s Fall-Winter Exhibit of Quinton Oliver Jones.

Salem native Quinton Oliver Jones (1903-1999), was a reclusive Harvard-trained artist whose paintings and sculptures filled his home to the brim. This Fall the Salem Athenaeum presents an exhibition drawn from Quinton’s body of work, most of which has never been seen by the public before. Discover his colorful, fantastical visions and learn about the world in which he lived and drew inspiration for his artwork.

Oct
5
Thu
Tennessee Williams Course
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7 Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. — October 5-November 16

Last fall, we considered the plays of Arthur Miller, one of the two greatest American playwrights of the mid-twentieth century. In this fall’s 7-week course, we will examine the work of the other great playwright of this period: Tennessee Williams. While Miller’s realistic plays were rooted in the industrial North, Williams’ expressionistic dramas seemed to be thoroughly Southern.

Upon closer examination, we discover that Williams’ plays constitute a much broader critique of post-war America with its ambivalent attitudes towards class, success, sexuality, and outsiderness. As a technical innovator, Williams was the true master, as even Miller had to concede. Through an examination of his life, his recorded conversations and published essays, we will also learn how Williams transformed his life experiences into bold dramas; how he felt about the American theater in his time, the price of fame, the critical reviews he received, and the filmed adaptations of his works. On several occasions, we will view filmed versions of the plays in class.

Plays to be considered are:

The Glass Menagerie (1944)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1949)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
Orpheus Descending (1957)
Suddenly Last Summer (1958)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1959)
Night of the Iguana (1961).

Oct
9
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Oct 9 @ 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!

Oct
10
Tue
La Tertulia
Oct 10 @ 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.

Oct
11
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Oct 11 @ 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.

Oct
12
Thu
Tennessee Williams Course
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7 Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. — October 5-November 16

Last fall, we considered the plays of Arthur Miller, one of the two greatest American playwrights of the mid-twentieth century. In this fall’s 7-week course, we will examine the work of the other great playwright of this period: Tennessee Williams. While Miller’s realistic plays were rooted in the industrial North, Williams’ expressionistic dramas seemed to be thoroughly Southern.

Upon closer examination, we discover that Williams’ plays constitute a much broader critique of post-war America with its ambivalent attitudes towards class, success, sexuality, and outsiderness. As a technical innovator, Williams was the true master, as even Miller had to concede. Through an examination of his life, his recorded conversations and published essays, we will also learn how Williams transformed his life experiences into bold dramas; how he felt about the American theater in his time, the price of fame, the critical reviews he received, and the filmed adaptations of his works. On several occasions, we will view filmed versions of the plays in class.

Plays to be considered are:

The Glass Menagerie (1944)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1949)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
Orpheus Descending (1957)
Suddenly Last Summer (1958)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1959)
Night of the Iguana (1961).