Halloween Hours
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Salem Athenaeum will be open limited hours on Halloween Day.

Don’t be afraid to visit us!

Book Group
Nov 9 @ 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.

La Tertulia
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Writing Workshop: What are the rules of writing YA, and when can I break them?
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Working on a YA story and not sure where to start? Trying to perfect your NaNoWriMo Young-Adult novel and looking for inspiration? YA author Matthew Phillion will talk about the basic rules for writing YA stories–and also when it’s okay to break those rules.

During this session, we will discuss the defining characteristics of the YA genre, including protagonists, character relationships, and motivations; the language of YA storytelling; the different components of contemporary literature YA versus genre YA; and when to diverge from these defining characteristics to strike out on your own as a writer.

Whether you’re thirty thousand words into your draft or still working on your opening paragraph, writers of all experience levels are welcome.

Matthew Phillion is the author of the YA adventure series, The Indestructibles. He writes in a variety of genres. As an active freelance writer, Phillion continues to cover both local issues and the medical industry as both a journalist and newspaper editor.

Adams Lecture: David Blight
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Historian David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, and winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in History, is the 2019 Adams Lecturer. In his remarkable biography, Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historians have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. Blight tells the story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family. Not only an astonishing man of words, Douglass was a thinker steeped in Biblical story and theology. There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. David Blight’s Frederick Douglass affords this important American the distinguished biography he deserves.

David W. Blight is the Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is is a leading expert on the life and writings of Frederick Douglass and on the Civil War in historical memory and the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others. Blight has appeared in several PBS films about African American history and works extensively with museums and other public history projects.

Re-appraisal Reading Circle: Zane Grey
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

November’s meeting is about the works of Zane Gray (1872-1939).

Re-appraisal Reading Circle meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays
 at 7:00 PM

Open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2019-20 Discussions:
Sept. 18 Gilbert Parker (1862-1932)

Nov. 20   Zane Grey (1872-1939)

Jan. 15   Joseph Hergesheimer

Mar. 18   Dorothy Sayers

May 27   Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982)

Cosmos: Exhibit Opening
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Young children are curious about everything; they are constantly asking why. This exhibit celebrates people whose wonder was life-long and whose scientific discoveries extended human understanding, from sand dollars to the stars. Math and science volumes from the Athenaeum’s Historic Collection by Newton, Franklin, Darwin and others will be displayed.

Lecture by Hale Bradt on Sir Isaac Newton at 7:15 p.m.

La Tertulia
Nov 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (new time as of May 2020)

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet 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. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 28 @ 12:00 am – Nov 29 @ 11:45 pm

The Athenaeum is closed on Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend.

We will re-open on Saturday, 11/30 at 10:00 a.m.