La Tertulia
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Lord Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A supplemental talk for the Athenaeum’s Summer Exhibition:The Grand Tour.

Upon meeting Lord Byron, Lady Caroline Lamb, Byron’s most infamous lover, declared that he was “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” Byron’s life remains the stuff of legend, and his poetry is still read and studied worldwide. This lecture will cover his tumultuous childhood, including his Grand Tour and how he was influenced by it. It will also explore his scandalous life with the many women (and men) that were part of it.

Janina Majeran is the Reference and Young Adult Librarian at the Swampscott Public Library. As an undergraduate at Fitchburg State University, she developed a keen interest in the Romantics, specifically Lord Byron. This interest culminated in putting together a presentation on the quite scandalous and influential poet. Janina has also developed and presented successful lectures on Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, and Emily Dickinson.

Monday Evening Conversations
Jul 8 @ 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!

La Tertulia
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Salon: Storytelling—Heat
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Summer Salon series kicks off this evening!

Join several storytellers who share true stories from their lives, told live without notes. The evening’s theme is “heat.” Among the storytellers will be Judy Bedell, Peter Eschauzier, Colleen Michaels, and Bill Scannell. J.D. Scrimgeour hosts.

Judy Wang Bedell came to the U.S. from Beijing, China for graduate school and then stayed in the US to live and work. She is a Salem resident and has lived in the city for 24 years.

Peter Eschauzier was born in 1940 in Modjokerto, Java, Indonesia. He grew up in the Netherlands, West Newton, MA, Roslyn, New York, and Switzerland. He served in the US Navy from 1963-68, and then worked as a pilot for many years. He served on the Board of Directors of Historic Salem and was the President of the Grey Eagles, representing the retired pilots of American Airlines.

Colleen Michaels writes poems and tells stories. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she’s been hosting the Improbable Places Poetry Tour for 10 years. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, on the ceiling of the PEM and the stairs to Crane Beach, and on bar coasters under pints.

Bill Scannell grew up in Worcester, MA and attended school there. He graduated from Skidmore College, and, thereafter, Suffolk University Law School. He is married and the father of three children.

J.D. Scrimgeour is the Chair of the Athenaeum Writing Committee.


Please join us on Fridays in July and August for one or more of these special evenings!

July 12: Storytelling hosted by J.D. Scrimgeour

July 19: Dave Williams — Polling

July 26: Margie Lavender and Dean Lahikainen— Harmony Grove Cemetery

August 9: Boston Saxophone Quartet

August 16: James R. Scrimgeour and Carl Carlsen — Dogtown

August 23: Vicky Sirianni — Palladio

Book Group
Jul 13 @ 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.

Re-appraisal Reading Circle
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Re-appraisal Reading Circle will meet tonight to choose authors for next year.


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.

La Tertulia
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM