Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 6 @ 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
Dec 6 @ 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.

Hale Bradt: Wilber’s War
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Vignettes of World War II from Wilber’s War:

German Spies, A Battlefield Meeting, and Norma’s War


A talk by Hale Bradt


Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Hale Bradt on December 7 to celebrate:

  • The release of his abridged one-volume edition of Wilber’s War:
    An American Family’s Journey through World War II.
  • Hale’s 86th birthday
  • The 75th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

A member of the Salem Athenæum, Hale Bradt is a Korean War veteran and an astrophysicist retired from M.I.T. who once searched for black holes, but turned to searching for family and wartime history. He has been intrigued by the Bradt family story for more than three decades: interviewing relatives, academic and military colleagues, and a Japanese officer against whom his father fought in the Solomon Islands. As a history buff and one who remembers WWII, Bradt is well qualified to provide a new context about a country at war.

Learn more.




Book Group
Dec 10 @ 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.

Welcome Winter! Open House
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome Winter!  
Community Open House

Saturday, December 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In the spirit of hospitality and fellowship, The Athenaeum will open its doors to the community and celebrate the coming winter season.
Refreshments, music, a children’s craft activity and plenty of good cheer included!
Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 12 @ 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
Dec 13 @ 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
Dec 13 @ 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.

Solstice Storytelling
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Solstice Storytelling: Out of the Shadows, Into the Light

Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, or “the day the sun stands still.” Let’s gather together, fortify ourselves against the coming cold and dark of winter with an evening of warm words and drinks, and an abundance of sweets, music and merriment. We’ve invited writers who will spin stories from the shadows, helping us get through this long winter’s night, and back to light.

An Evening of Pumpkin Bread
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pumpkin Bread is a 5-piece band based in Boston, MA that plays original folk music flavored with Celtic fiddling, spirited improvisations, and relentless groove. Brought together by their love for spontaneous music and baked goods, Pumpkin Bread began honing their sound in kitchen jams, pub sessions, and soup nights in the Boston area folk scene. With songs that range from pensive and heartfelt to driving and playful, every performance is dynamic and always gives you a sense of the band’s camaraderie and close knit friendship.


The band features Aidan Scrimgeour, Conor Hearn, Jackson Clawson, Maura Shawn Scanlin, and Steven Manwaring. All five members come from and perform regularly in different worlds of music, including Celtic, jazz, classical, bluegrass and funk.