Aug
23
Fri
Salon: Victoria Sirianni: From the Veneto to Virginia—the Unlikely Beginnings of American Architecture
Aug 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This is the story of a 16th-century Italian architect’s profound influence on the development of American architecture and specifically that of Thomas Jefferson.

The Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), considered one of the most influential architects in history,  was clearly a strong influence in the development early American architecture—including the Jeffersonian style reflected in the Athenaeum’s Colonial Revival building by the architect Rantoul.

Victoria Sirianni is a consultant to industry and universities. Having served in a variety of positions at MIT for over 30 years, her last position was as MIT’s Chief Facilities Officer where she was responsible for the management of its physical campus and shepherding its $1.5B second major building program. Subsequently, She served as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Thomas Jefferson University.
She has been both a Palladio and Jefferson enthusiast for a lifetime.

Aug
27
Tue
La Tertulia
Aug 27 @ 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

Sep
6
Fri
Members’ Preview Book Sale
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mark your calendars for the best book sale of the Fall! Members, plus one guest, have the opportunity to attend the Member’s Preview Book Sale on Friday night, before it opens to the public on Saturday morning.

Sep
7
Sat
Annual Book Sale
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The public book sale is Saturday from 9-5 and Clearance ($3/bag) is on Sunday from 9-2.
During the Clearance on Sunday, teachers with ID receive free books.

Proceeds benefit the Athenaeum collections and educational programs.
Donations to the book sale may be delivered to the Athenaeum during normal open hours now through September 5.

Sep
8
Sun
Annual Book Sale/Clearance Sunday
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The public book sale is Saturday from 9-5 and Clearance ($3/bag) is on Sunday from 9-2.
During the Clearance on Sunday, teachers with ID receive free books.

Proceeds benefit the Athenaeum collections and educational programs.
Donations to the book sale may be delivered to the Athenaeum during normal open hours now through September 5.

Sep
9
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Sep 9 @ 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!

Sep
10
Tue
La Tertulia
Sep 10 @ 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

Sep
11
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Sep
14
Sat
Book Group
Sep 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.

Sep
21
Sat
Salem Lit Fest
Sep 21 all-day

Celebrate reading and writing with us at the 10th Salem Lit Fest!

Opening 
Keynote Speaker on 9/20: Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light.

Salem Literary Festival runs September 20, 21 & 22, 2019

General admission to author readings and family programming and activities is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available to Individual Patrons and Corporate Sponsors.

More information at our website: http://salemlitfest.org/