Jan
12
Sat
Book Group
Jan 12 @ 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.

Jan
13
Sun
Adopt-a-Book Conservation Event
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a rare opportunity to view a selection of important Athenaeum books in need
of special care. While some of the titles may be unfamiliar today, they were all influential,
shaping public opinion and furthering knowledge. Among them, these books promoted
abolition, documented Native American ways of life, reported on scientific and
geographical explorations throughout North America, and helped to establish a national
identity.

Dr. Sue Weaver Schopf will also present a talk about David Hartley whose groundbreaking psychology book, Observations on Man, will be conserved this round.
 

See the complete list of books

 

 

Jan
14
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jan 14 @ 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!

Jan
18
Fri
Reappraisal Reading Circle: H.G. Wells
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reappraisal Reading Circle is an open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.  Participants are encouraged to read any work by the selected author to contribute to the discussion.  Even if you haven’t read any of the books you are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Monday every other month but occasionally are held on Fridays in the event of a Monday holiday.

 

H. G. Wells ( 1866-1946)

 

Englishman, novelist, journalist, educator, satirist, sociologist, futurist and prophet — these are a few of the words which could describe Herbert George Wells. He was prolific. He wrote in many genres and his influence was far reaching.

 

Wells is credited with inventing several classic themes in science fiction through his novels: The Time Machine; The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Invisible Man; and The War of the Worlds.

 

He also made history a best seller with his The Outline of History (1920) and then A Short History of the World (1922) which Albert Einstein praised. In 1933 Wells predicted a world war would break out by January 1940. It actually began in September 1940.  In 1901 Wells envisioned the new world of the twentieth century and made correct calls about much of what was to come in  Anticipations of the Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought. His ideas are perceptive and provocative, and controversial. Above all, they have influenced most of us.

 

Jan
19
Sat
CSEM: Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CONCERT CANCELLED due to Snow Emergency Parking Ban

 

CSEM: Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Cambridge Society for Early Music presents “Baroque at Heart,” a splendid assortment of music of the greatest Baroque masters, including J.S. Bach and J.-B. Lully, with works of their friends, family and admirers from Germany, France & Italy: Concertos, overtures and variations.

$35 | $25 seniors & Athenaeum members | students free
Information: www.csem.org | 617-489-2062

Jan
22
Tue
Winter Warm-up at the Adriatic
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of friends and complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Adriatic. As you soak in the warmth and comfort of one of Salem’s premier eating and drinking establishments, we’re hoping to raise essential operating funds to help support our programs for 2019.

All proceeds support the Athenæum. Cash bar.

Jan
24
Thu
Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Hosted by NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth)

Join us for three insightful nights as we bring you powerful speakers discussing how to empower young women and women. Please note this is an inclusive women’s only event. Trans women, gender non-conforming and non-binary are welcome and encouraged to attend. All three events are free but seating is limited so please register through the Eventbrite link. Food and beverage will be provided.

January 24th, 2019 – Chastity Bowick
Chastity Bowick is a New England-based activist, civil rights leader and transgender health advocate. She is currently the Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund and is a committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

January 31st, 2019 – Robyn Ochs
Robyn Ochs is an international speaker and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexual Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voice of Bisexual Men.

February 7th, 2019 – Kara Pesola
Kara Pesola is a nurse practitioner at North Shore Community Health in Salem. She often engages with the community in health focus workshops and discussions.

Jan
29
Tue
Salem History Lecture
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jeff Arcari will present a brief history of carpet weaving from the Pazyryk Carpet of 500 B.C. (the oldest known hand-knotted Oriental rug) to the production boom of the late 19th to middle 20th century.

In between will be the story of classical carpets and court weavings of 16th century in Persia & India and an overview of Salem’s place in the history of Oriental carpets. Arcari will also shed light on how to identify Oriental rugs based on the environment they are woven in—city production, cottage industry, nomadic / tribal weavings, as well as materials and techniques used.

A weaver will be on hand to offer an ongoing demonstration during the talk and some examples of rugs will be on display.

Co-presented by Historic Salem, Inc. and Salem Athenaeum.

 

Jan
31
Thu
Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Women’s Health and Empowerment Series
Hosted by NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth)

Join us for three insightful nights as we bring you powerful speakers discussing how to empower young women and women. Please note this is an inclusive women’s only event. Trans women, gender non-conforming and non-binary are welcome and encouraged to attend. All three events are free but seating is limited so please register through the Eventbrite link. Food and beverage will be provided.

January 24th, 2019 – Chastity Bowick
Chastity Bowick is a New England-based activist, civil rights leader and transgender health advocate. She is currently the Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund and is a committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

January 31st, 2019 – Robyn Ochs
Robyn Ochs is an international speaker and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexual Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voice of Bisexual Men.

February 7th, 2019 – Kara Pesola
Kara Pesola is a nurse practitioner at North Shore Community Health in Salem. She often engages with the community in health focus workshops and discussions.

Feb
2
Sat
Storytelling Night: Seeing Your Shadow
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Groundhog Day with an evening of true stories told live by community members: Kevin Carey, Krysten Hill, Ana Nuncio, Dawn Paul, Enzo Silon Surin, and Peter Urkowitz.