Salon: Dave Williams—The Art and Science of Polling
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dave Williams will present a retrospective of the history of survey research in political campaigns from FDR to today and how technology and procedural changes have impacted the reliability of modern polling.

Since the founding of Williams and Associates by David E. Williams in 1989 the company has consulted with both corporate and political clients including the campaign committee for Presidents Rupiah Banda (Zambia), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Governor William F. Weld (R MA), GTE/Sylvania, Hydro-Quebec, the National Association of Government Employees, the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), the US Agency for International Development, and the United States Department of State.

Summer Concert: Boston Saxophone Quartet
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us on the lawn for a special Friday evening concert of Puccini, Mancini, and Duke by Boston Saxophone Quartet.

The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a unique blend of musicians who have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England. Their repertoire ranges from Swing, Ragtime, Jazz, The Beatles … all the way back to the Renaissance.

This evening’s program will include:

1. Toccata – Girolamo Frescobaldi
2. Pink Panther – Henry Mancini
3. Mio Bambino Caro from Gianni Schicchi Giacomo Puccini
4. Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
5. I love You – Cole Porter
6.  Pan-Am Rag – Tom Turpin
7. Triste – Antonio Carlos Jobim
8. All that Jazz from Chicago – John Kander
9. Gershwin Medley from Porgy and Bess– arr. by Matt Marvuglio
10.  In the Mood – Glenn Miller
Book Group
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

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Salon: Dogtown—James R. Scrimgeour and Carl Carlsen
Aug 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dogtown, the abandoned settlement on Cape Ann, has long fascinated historians and artists for its stories and its geography. According to Professor Carl Carlsen, James R. Scrimgeour’s recent book of poetry, Voices of Dogtown: Poems Arising Out of a Ghost Town Landscape (Loom Press) “comes as close…as anyone has come to capturing the complete essence of Dogtown.” Join Carlsen and Scrimgeour for a tour of Dogtown, past and present, through Scrimgeour’s verse.

After the presentation, there will be a Q&A, followed by conversation and book signing.

Carl Carlsen is Professor Emeritus of English at North Shore Community College and creator of the website Poetry of Places in Essex County www.poetryofplaces.org, which includes poetry and other materials about Dogtown. He is the author of Brickyard Stories: A Lynn Neighborhood and its Traditions (1985) and is currently working on a sequel, Brickyard Stories 2.0.

Dr. James R. Scrimgeour is Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University. He has published nine books of poetry. His latest book, Voices of Dogtown: Poems Arising Out of a Ghost Town Landscape, has just been published by Loom Press. His new book is available at Amazon, Loom Press and bookstores on the North Shore.


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.

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.

Volunteer at the Book Sale!

Want to help? Click the link above and choose your time slot. It’s easy!

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.

Salem Lit Fest
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day

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

2019 Salem Literary Festival runs September 20, 21 & 22

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

Keynote Speaker on 9/21: Hank Phillippi Ryan award-winning author of The Murder List.

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/


Jason Anick and the Rhythm Future Quartet
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Concert is SOLD OUT! Please join the WAIT LIST here for last minute openings.

The Salem Athenaeum is pleased to feature virtuoso violinist and composer Jason Anick and his acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet. Jasons Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward objective: keeping the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The quartet offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli of the Hot Club of France. The quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre. Simply put, the Rhythm Future Quartet brings the Hot Club of France forward into the 21st century.

Jason Anick is one of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). Anick has shared the stage with a wide array of artists including Tommy Emmanuel, Hamilton de Holanda, John Sebastian, Stevie Wonder, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns and Glory. His performances have brought him to China, Europe, and Japan. He has been featured at renowned venues including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi’s, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show. Jason is a proven leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.

Last year marked the release of their latest album, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends”. While maintaining the effervescent lilt, virtuosic musicianship and adventurous musical leanings of previous recordings, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Travels” (picked as one of the best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post), RFQ and Friends brings vibrant new colors to the mix. JazzTimes Magazine stated, “RFQ and Friends is packed to the gills with feeling and remains consistently dynamic, full of virtuosity and swing.” With its arresting blend of Hot Club of France styled string jazz, Brazilian and East European idioms, original compositions and hints of classical music, the album marks a significant moment in the growth of a continually evolving ensemble. The Rhythm Future Quartet’s increasing popularity is laudable: The quartet’s version of Django’s “Minor Swing” has over 5.6 million views on YouTube, and their video clip of “Bushwick Stomp” from Travels has over 3.2 million Facebook views.  


Jean Trounstine: Sentenced to Literature
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Not all people who commit crimes need to have the book thrown at them—some are reading to get out of criminal activity, and finding that literature helps them change their lives. This presentation will include how Changing Lives through Literature (CLTL) came to be, how it has grown and developed for people on probation (and also, behind bars). We’ll explore the rationale for a democratic reading/discussion group where professors, judges, probation and correction officers talk to each other about literature. CLTL has become a model in Massachusetts and has been duplicated elsewhere across the country. Finally we’ll cover funding, stats, and best of all, stories from the participants.


Jean Trounstine is an activist, author and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts, whose most recent book is Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice (IG Publishing April, 2016). It explores the true story of Karter Kane Reed and the injustice of sentencing juveniles to adult prisons. Trounstine worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years where she directed eight plays with prisoners. Her highly-praised book about that work, Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison has been featured on NPR, The Connection, Here and Now, and in numerous print publications here and abroad. In addition, she has spoken around the world on women in prison, co-founded the women’s branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, an award-winning alternative sentencing program featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show, and co-authored two books about the program.