Writers’ Open Studio
Nov 8 @ 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
Nov 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.

Scrabble Club
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Plays of Arthur Miller
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

**Please note:  The original start date of the course was October 13.  It has been postponed one week and will now run from October 20 through December 1, excluding November 24.**

Sue Weaver Schopf, instructor

The centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth was celebrated in 2015 and continues through 2016. Often dubbed “America’s Shakespeare,” Miller plumbs the depths of the American psyche as no other playwright has. His works present unforgettable portraits of the common man, his hopes and desires, and the struggle to maintain dignity. The plays will be discussed in the following order:

All My Sons
Death of a Salesman

The Crucible
A View from the Bridge
After the Fall
Broken Glass

Sue Weaver Schopf, Ph.D. recently retired from her position as Associate Dean of the Master of Liberal Arts Program and Research Advisor in the Humanities at Harvard Extension School. Dr. Schopf continues to teach, lecture, write, and lead literary walking tours. Her expertise ranges from the literature of 19th­ and early 20th-­century to popular culture topics such as “The Vampire in Literature and Film.” She has appeared in The Times of London and the Boston Globe and has been a guest on national radio programs. Her courses have been featured in articles in various publications including The Huffington Post and

Exhibition Reception
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You are invited to a special reception for Elections: Winning the Vote on Friday, November 11, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with curator Elaine von Bruns.  Join us for wine and cheese and a silent auction!

The exhibition, Elections: Winning the Vote celebrates our right to vote, from colonial election festivities to the achievement of suffrage by Blacks, Women, and Native Americans. Campaign posters, buttons, and books from the Athenaeum’s collection round out this comprehensive tribute to American voting.

In Colonial America, Election Day was the largest holiday celebration, and had its own rituals akin to today’s Memorial Day parade or pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. The first order of business was always an Election Day sermon. The Salem Athenaeum’s collection has approximately 20 local Election Day sermon pamphlets. Several are on display in Elections.

The 19th- and 20th-century struggles for Black, Women and Native American suffrage are well documented in the Salem Athenaeum’s Historical Collections. Among the volumes on display are Woman in the Nineteenth Century by Margaret Fuller, 1874; Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, 1893; and Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, 1901.

Salem election ephemera from the 1940s, including nomination papers and posters from the Salem Get Your Vote Out Committee, campaign buttons and presidential biographies through the present day, complete the exhibit.

When you visit, please participate in our 1768-style election for the new Salem Athenaeum mascot. All are welcome and encouraged to vote, but be sure to choose the ballot that reflects the level of voter requirements that you meet!


The exhibition will be on display through January 2017.

Book Group
Nov 12 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 15 @ 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
Nov 15 @ 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.

Democracy in America: Election 2016—The Aftermath with R.D. Sahl
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

R.D. Sahl returns for another town hall discussion on the aftermath of the 2016 Election.
You won’t want to miss it!

Sahl_RDR.D. Sahl’s career in broadcast journalism spans more than 40 years. He was evening anchor at Boston-based NECN—the largest regional news network in the country. He has anchored and reported for television stations in Los Angeles and Hartford, Conn. He began his career in radio in his hometown of Boulder, Colo.

Sahl’s assignments have taken him to stories down the block and around the world. He’s reported from Haiti, Japan, Cuba, the Soviet Union, Poland, France, Germany, Italy and the Vatican.

His work has been honored with numerous regional Emmy awards. He’s a recipient of the Yankee Quill award and a member of the Silver Circle of New England NATAS.

He currently lectures at Boston University’s College of Communications.