Adopt-a-Book: Conservation Event
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for our eighth annual Adopt-a-Book event, featuring some of the most important books and objects in our collections that are in need of conservation. This event is open to all and is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Athenaeum’s historical collections.


The event will include remarks by Kayla Malouin-Fletcher, curator of The Caproni Collection, and conservator Lisa Benson, who will talk about the Athenaeum’s plaster busts and their conservation plan. The Caproni Collection produces and sells plaster reproductions of famous sculptures. Every piece is made in-house and by-hand. They use many of the original castings made by P.P. Caproni and Brother over 100 years ago to create their reproductions. During his time, master craftsman Pietro Caproni was granted permission by museums in Europe such as the Louvre, the Accademia and the British Museum to make molds directly from the museums’ famous sculptures—an honor unheard of today. Using these molds, he was able to recreate the world’s finest masterpieces with unrivaled accuracy. The Caproni Collection continues this tradition today.


Kayla Malouin-Fletcher is the curator and an administrator of the Caproni Collection. She is cataloging the Collection’s casts for the first time in its history and shares interesting facts, history, and stories on the Caproni website and social media platforms. She holds a Master’s in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in art history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.


Lisa Benson is a conservator and manager for the Caproni Collection. She has over ten years’ experience in sculpture restoration, conservation, and preservation. Projects include the cast collection at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Providence Athenaeum, and the Massachusetts State House Library. She holds a Master’s in Sculpture from New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor’s in fine arts from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.



Writers’ Open Studio
Jan 28 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Jan 28 @ 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

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Jan 28 @ 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.

Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 4 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Feb 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.

If Music Could Talk: Fin de Siècle Quartet
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Following on their highly successful program of Ravel and Webern from last season, the Fin de Siècle Quartet returns for another exploration of music dating from a specific time and place but exploring different possibilities. This time, the place is the United States and the time is the last decade of the 19th century, with a look at three composers who combined the vernacular and classical traditions in very different ways. Performing on gut strings, the Fin de Siècle Quartet will allow listeners to hear the warmer string sonorities familiar to musicians and audiences from the time.


The program opens with Charles Ives’s youthful and delightful string quartet #1, a collage of hymn tunes with influences from barn dances and other American vernacular music. The players will introduce the quartet by playing some of these tunes. Composed while Ives was still a college student, the work is nostalgic as well as original, witty as well as moving.


The quartet will then play and discuss examples of Scott Joplin’s music, touching also on Joplin’s short but fascinating life, a story that remains little known even as his music has become known to millions.


The program ends with Dvorak’s beloved “American” string quartet, which the Czech master composed in Spillville, Iowa in 1893, on a break from his duties running a conservatory in New York. Dvorak’s sojourn in Spillville, amidst a community of Czech settlers, was one of the happiest and most productive of his life: in a single summer, he composed the “New World” symphony, this quartet, and a string quintet.

The Fin de Siècle Quartet takes its name from the French for “end of the century” as a reflection of its focus on repertoire from the decades before and after the end of the19th century. One way the group honors this time period is by performing on gut strings, which produce a gentler and richer sound than the steel strings that came into wide use after World War II. The Fin de Siècle Quartet is composed of violinists Katharina Radlberger and Sarah Ibbett, violist Karen McConomy, and cellist Jennifer Morsches.

Book Group
Feb 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
Feb 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!

Writing Group: Emerging Voices
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Emerging Voices offers support for writers at the beginnings of their careers. Those interested should contact leader Blake Campbell (blakecampbell1919@gmail.com) to assess whether this group is right for you.