Dec
7
Wed
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.

 

R.S.V.P.

 

Dec
10
Sat
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!
Free.
Dec
12
Mon
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!

Dec
13
Tue
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.

Dec
16
Fri
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.

Dec
25
Sun
Closed for winter break
Dec 25 @ 12:00 am – Dec 31 @ 10:00 am

Happy Holidays from The Salem Athenaeum!

We’ll be on holiday break from December 25- 30.

The library will be closed with no regular meetings except Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon, which will meet on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Normal hours resume on Saturday, December 31 at 10:00 AM.

Dec
27
Tue
La Tertulia
Dec 27 @ 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.

Jan
9
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jan 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!

Re-Appraisal Reading Circle: The Works of Rudyard Kipling
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In 2017, the discussions will be on Second Mondays at 7:00 PM.
The popular winter reading series returns! Stop in and select a book or two from the display in the Athenæum Reading Room and come to the discussions on the above dates listed. Everyone is welcome.
January’s author is Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). He was a very popular writer in his lifetime and also the first, and youngest, English-language writer to receive the Nobel prize in literature. His most lasting works include Just So Stories, Jungle Book, Kim, Captains Courageous  and poetry such as If and Gunga Din.

Many of his works were deeply controversial, such as The White Man’s Burden, which is considered racist and imperialistic. T.S. Eliot said Kipling was, “a writer impossible wholly to understand and quite impossible to belittle.” George Orwell thought him, “morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting,” yet a voice to be heard for its sense of responsibility.

How are Kipling’s works perceived now, a century after they were written?

 

2017 Reading List
January 9         Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
February 13     Edna Ferber (1885-1968)
March 13         Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)
April 10            E.M. Delafield (1890-1943)
May 8              James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)