May
22
Tue
La Tertulia
May 22 @ 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.

May
26
Sat
Closed for Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

The Athenaeum will be closed on Saturday for the Memorial Day Weekend.

We will resume normal open hours on Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Jun
3
Sun
Members Garden Party
Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Members Garden Party
Sunday, June 3
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Salem Athenæum

337 Essex Street | Salem, MA

$25 per person |  Under 21 Free
Don your hat, reconnect with old friends and make new at the annual
Members Garden Party!
Live music, picnic fare, and open bar included.

 

We encourage you to bring a friend to introduce to the Athenaeum. The $25 admission fee may be applied toward the cost of a new membership.

We look forward to seeing you at the party!
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer,
please contact Jean Marie.
Jun
6
Wed
Interactions between Poetry and Painting: Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Final lecture in the series: Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

For those who wish to read in preparation for the lecture, Dr. Schopf recommends reading the following poems by Tennyson.

“Mariana”
“The Lady of Shalott”
“Morte d’Arthur”
  Idylls of the King
These poems can be found online at PoetryFoundation.org
(Please note: the Idylls consists of 12 lengthy narrative poems, a Victorian re-telling of the Arthurian tales; participants can read selectively in them or just a summary, both of which are available online.)

 

In this three-lecture series, Dr. Sue Weaver Schopf will explore questions that have often been asked in studies of the sister arts: What can poetry express that painting cannot? What can painting express that poetry cannot? And what are the artistic possibilities when painting and poetry work in tandem to convey ideas and express emotion?

William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti were both painters and poets, who experimented with the potential of each medium. But when they began to illustrate their poetry, they discovered the full range of expression possible when the visual and verbal arts function as compliments to each other.

Among the many poems of the 19th century, none were more frequently illustrated than those by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. What drew artists to his poetry, and how did their paintings enhance or further elucidate the author’s works? These interesting dynamics will be the subject of separate lectures on April 20 (Blake), May 16 (Rossetti), and June 6 (Tennyson). A list of poems to be considered will be made available before each lecture.

Sue Weaver Schopf is Distinguished Service Lecturer and retired Associate Dean at the Harvard Extension School. She has served on the board of the Salem Athenaeum and is a member the Program Committee.

Jun
9
Sat
Book Group
Jun 9 @ 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.

Jun
11
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jun 11 @ 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!

Jun
13
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Jun 13 @ 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.

Jun
20
Wed
New Members Night
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please join us for an orientation and behind-the-scenes tour of the Salem Athenaeum. If you are a new, long-time, or prospective  member, this tour will orient you to the Athenaeum building, include an overview of our history, mission, and outline current services and membership benefits.
Jul
7
Sat
Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of “The Scarlet Letter”
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 7th, and running until about 7:00 PM that evening, Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be hosting “Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.”

With the help of many, many volunteers we will read The Scarlet Letter from beginning to end.

Join us from the beginning or stop by to listen as the novel progresses. Watch for special “Hawthorne’s Custom House” tour and the opportunity to make your own scarlet letter to publicly state your personal sins.

We ask everyone interested in helping to read to please email gavin_gardner@nps.gov. He will be pulling together the volunteer list and organizing a planning meeting later in June to brief all of the readers. Let us know by June 15 if you are interested in volunteering for a five minute reading slot.

Jul
9
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jul 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!