La Tertulia
Apr 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.

Book Group
Apr 14 @ 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.

Spring Course: Victorian Hearts and Minds
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Theo Theoharis, instructor
6 Saturdays

The term Victorian has accumulated many meanings in the 100 years since its century and ruler have passed–stodgy, disciplined, sentimental are a few words associated with English life during the century that made England the ruling power economically and politically in much of the world. In this class we will read some of the literature which presents different moods, ideas, and aspirations from those we are accustomed to thinking of as Victorian, namely: antic comedy and cultural fantasizing in two novels, and longing, depth psychology, and sublimity in three poets. We will start with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, then move on to the poems of Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and end with the Imperial Adventure story She, by H. Rider-Haggard, a great popular favorite whose readers included Sigmund Freud. There is a light-heartedness and well as intensity about the literature of this era. Let’s discover how these two tones relate to a world now past, which in many ways created and continues in ours.

The following is the list of preferred editions for the course texts:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll, Modern Library
ISBN 978-0-375-76-138-6

The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse, editor Daniel Karlin, Penguin Classics
ISBN 978-0-140-44578-7

She, H. Rider Haggard, Penguin Classics
ISBN 978-0-140-43763-8



Class 1, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

Class 2, Through the Looking Glass

Class 3, Poems by Arnold, Browning, Tennyson

Class 4, Poems by Arnold, Browning, Tennyson

Class 5, She: A History of Adventure

Class 6, She: A History of Adventure



Boston Classical Trio
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Like the Spring weather, the Boston Classical Trio returns to the Athenaeum this April for another dynamic performance on period instruments.

The renowned early music specialists of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Guy Fishman, principal cellist, Susanna Ogata, violinist and Assistant Concertmaster, and Ian Watson, Associate Conductor and principal keyboardist, offer a program of Beethoven and Haydn.

Last spring’s concert was sold out.

Don’t miss this chance to hear Boston Classical Trio’s nuanced interpretations of classical masterpieces!

Interactions between Poetry and Painting: William Blake
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

First in a series of three lectures. Tonight’s topic is William Blake.

This spring join us for a three-lecture series with Dr. Sue Weaver Schopf, who will explore the question that often has been asked in studies of the sister arts: What are the artistic possibilities when painting and poetry work in tandem to convey ideas and express emotion?


William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti were both painters and poets who experimented with the potential of each medium. When they began to illustrate their poetry, however, they discovered the full range of expression possible when the visual and verbal arts function as compliments to each other. Among the many poems of the 19th century, none were more frequently illustrated than those by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. What drew artists to his poetry, and how did their paintings enhance or further elucidate the author’s works? This first lecture, on William Blake, will focus exclusively on his Songs of Innocence and Experience.


Review the poems and images before the lecture!


The link to the texts of Blake’s Songs of Innocence & Experience is at: https.//www.gutenberg.org/files/1934/1934-h/1934-h.htm ; and the link to the accompanying images is at: https://www.bl.uk/songs-of-innocence-and-experience.


Dr. Sue Weaver Schopf will explore these interesting dynamics in a three-part lecture series, which begins with William Blake on April 20 and continues on May 16 with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and June 6 with Alfred, Lord Tennyson. A list of poems to be considered will be available before each lecture.


Dr. Schopf is Distinguished Service Lecturer and retired Associate Dean at the Harvard Extension School. She has served on the board of the Salem Athenaeum and is a member of the Athenaeum’s Cultural Program Committee.


Garden Clean-up
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Observe Earth Day at the Athenaeum and help us prepare the grounds for spring and summer. Bring your own garden gloves and hand tools, if you have them. We have some rakes and tools available so please come even if you do not have your own.

La Tertulia
Apr 24 @ 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.

Stories of Substance
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Stories of Substance is an original play about young adults and their experiences with substance use and abuse. It is inspired by true stories of local young adults, developed and written by Brunonia Barry, Anne Lucas, Lisa Jendrysik, Matthew Phillion and director Damon Krometis. The play originally premiered with local student actors at the Salem YMCA in 2017 and has been performed in North Shore schools.

Free to all.

La Tertulia
May 8 @ 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.

208th Annual Meeting
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

208th Annual Meeting of the Proprietors of the Salem Athenaeum and election of officers and new trustees. All members in good standing are welcome to attend.


Please note that this year’s meeting is being held on the second Wednesday in May rather than the usual first Wednesday in May.