Jan
5
Sat
Writing Workshop: Claiming Space—Creative Journaling as Daily Practice
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Poets Krysten Hill and Danielle Jones will lead a workshop exploring journaling as a daily practice for writers. Regardless of genre, every writer begins by staring down the blank page, which can be both intimidating and unforgiving. But what if you think of that blank page as a chance for play? A space to rant, reconfigure, keep a record—a way to let the many sides of yourself come together on the page. We will bring images and poems intended to get the conversation started; give you strategies for revisiting old entries in order to generate new material; and you’ll leave with prompts for the first several weeks of your writing new year.

Bring your own journal, or order one for $15 when you register ahead and we’ll provide it.

 

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, U35 Reading Series, and other venues. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in apt, Word Riot, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y,  Muzzle,  PANK, Winter Tangerine Review, Take Magazine and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize.

Danielle Jones holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House at Merrimack College. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Incessant Pipe, Memorious, and elsewhere. She’s a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.

Jan
13
Sun
Adopt-a-Book Conservation Event
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a rare opportunity to view a selection of important Athenaeum books in need
of special care. While some of the titles may be unfamiliar today, they were all influential,
shaping public opinion and furthering knowledge. Among them, these books promoted
abolition, documented Native American ways of life, reported on scientific and
geographical explorations throughout North America, and helped to establish a national
identity.

Dr. Sue Weaver Schopf will also present a talk about David Hartley whose groundbreaking psychology book, Observations on Man, will be conserved this round.
 

See the complete list of books

 

 

Jan
18
Fri
Reappraisal Reading Circle: H.G. Wells
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reappraisal Reading Circle is an open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.  Participants are encouraged to read any work by the selected author to contribute to the discussion.  Even if you haven’t read any of the books you are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Monday every other month but occasionally are held on Fridays in the event of a Monday holiday.

 

H. G. Wells ( 1866-1946)

 

Englishman, novelist, journalist, educator, satirist, sociologist, futurist and prophet — these are a few of the words which could describe Herbert George Wells. He was prolific. He wrote in many genres and his influence was far reaching.

 

Wells is credited with inventing several classic themes in science fiction through his novels: The Time Machine; The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Invisible Man; and The War of the Worlds.

 

He also made history a best seller with his The Outline of History (1920) and then A Short History of the World (1922) which Albert Einstein praised. In 1933 Wells predicted a world war would break out by January 1940. It actually began in September 1940.  In 1901 Wells envisioned the new world of the twentieth century and made correct calls about much of what was to come in  Anticipations of the Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought. His ideas are perceptive and provocative, and controversial. Above all, they have influenced most of us.

 

Jan
19
Sat
CSEM: Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CONCERT CANCELLED due to Snow Emergency Parking Ban

 

CSEM: Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Cambridge Society for Early Music presents “Baroque at Heart,” a splendid assortment of music of the greatest Baroque masters, including J.S. Bach and J.-B. Lully, with works of their friends, family and admirers from Germany, France & Italy: Concertos, overtures and variations.

$35 | $25 seniors & Athenaeum members | students free
Information: www.csem.org | 617-489-2062

Jan
22
Tue
Winter Warm-up at the Adriatic
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of friends and complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Adriatic. As you soak in the warmth and comfort of one of Salem’s premier eating and drinking establishments, we’re hoping to raise essential operating funds to help support our programs for 2019.

All proceeds support the Athenæum. Cash bar.

Jan
24
Thu
Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Hosted by NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth)

Join us for three insightful nights as we bring you powerful speakers discussing how to empower young women and women. Please note this is an inclusive women’s only event. Trans women, gender non-conforming and non-binary are welcome and encouraged to attend. All three events are free but seating is limited so please register through the Eventbrite link. Food and beverage will be provided.

January 24th, 2019 – Chastity Bowick
Chastity Bowick is a New England-based activist, civil rights leader and transgender health advocate. She is currently the Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund and is a committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

January 31st, 2019 – Robyn Ochs
Robyn Ochs is an international speaker and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexual Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voice of Bisexual Men.

February 7th, 2019 – Kara Pesola
Kara Pesola is a nurse practitioner at North Shore Community Health in Salem. She often engages with the community in health focus workshops and discussions.

Jan
29
Tue
Salem History Lecture
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jeff Arcari will present a brief history of carpet weaving from the Pazyryk Carpet of 500 B.C. (the oldest known hand-knotted Oriental rug) to the production boom of the late 19th to middle 20th century.

In between will be the story of classical carpets and court weavings of 16th century in Persia & India and an overview of Salem’s place in the history of Oriental carpets. Arcari will also shed light on how to identify Oriental rugs based on the environment they are woven in—city production, cottage industry, nomadic / tribal weavings, as well as materials and techniques used.

A weaver will be on hand to offer an ongoing demonstration during the talk and some examples of rugs will be on display.

Co-presented by Historic Salem, Inc. and Salem Athenaeum.

 

Jan
31
Thu
Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Hosted by NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth)

Join us for three insightful nights as we bring you powerful speakers discussing how to empower young women and women. Please note this is an inclusive women’s only event. Trans women, gender non-conforming and non-binary are welcome and encouraged to attend. All three events are free but seating is limited so please register through the Eventbrite link. Food and beverage will be provided.

January 24th, 2019 – Chastity Bowick
Chastity Bowick is a New England-based activist, civil rights leader and transgender health advocate. She is currently the Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund and is a committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

January 31st, 2019 – Robyn Ochs
Robyn Ochs is an international speaker and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexual Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voice of Bisexual Men.

February 7th, 2019 – Kara Pesola
Kara Pesola is a nurse practitioner at North Shore Community Health in Salem. She often engages with the community in health focus workshops and discussions.

Feb
2
Sat
Storytelling Night: Seeing Your Shadow
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Groundhog Day with an evening of true stories told live by community members: Kevin Carey, Krysten Hill, Ana Nuncio, Dawn Paul, Enzo Silon Surin, and Peter Urkowitz.

 

 

Feb
7
Thu
Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Hosted by NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth)

Join us for three insightful nights as we bring you powerful speakers discussing how to empower young women and women. Please note this is an inclusive women’s only event. Trans women, gender non-conforming and non-binary are welcome and encouraged to attend. All three events are free but seating is limited so please register through the Eventbrite link. Food and beverage will be provided.

January 24th, 2019 – Chastity Bowick
Chastity Bowick is a New England-based activist, civil rights leader and transgender health advocate. She is currently the Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund and is a committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

January 31st, 2019 – Robyn Ochs
Robyn Ochs is an international speaker and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexual Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voice of Bisexual Men.

February 7th, 2019 – Kara Pesola
Kara Pesola is a nurse practitioner at North Shore Community Health in Salem. She often engages with the community in health focus workshops and discussions.