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206th Annual Meeting of the Proprietors of the Salem Athenaeum. All members in good standing are welcome to attend.
Come early for an added treat!
Our Spring Exhibition opens at 6:00 p.m. in the Wendt Room.
Celia’s Salon: America’s First Artists’ and Writers’ Colony
Celia Thaxter (1835-1893) was the most popular American woman poet of her time and the hostess of a summer salon on the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of NH. Her salon attracted America’s finest writers and artists, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, John Greenleaf Whittier, Sarah Orne Jewett, William Morris Hunt and Childe Hassam.
Celia’s Salon features early published work by Celia Thaxter and Childe Hassam in the children’s magazines Wide Awake and St. Nicholas; a bowl painted by Celia Thaxter with olive boughs, on special loan from the Portsmouth Athenaeum; rare works by authors who were part of Celia’s salon and more! Come experience an ambiance of art and literature “in the key of sea.”
Opening reception precedes the Annual Meeting.