Salem History Lecture 2016

Wednesday January 27, 7:00 p.m.
As part of Historic Salem, Inc.’s celebration of Ada Louise Huxtable and her influence on historic preservation in Salem, Ed Nilsson will present the Salem History Lecture on the subject of Huxtable’s own house.

Edward O. Nilsson is principal of Nilsson + Siden Associates, Inc. Architects & Planners, of Salem and serves on the board of Historic Salem.

$15, $10 for members of Historic Salem, Inc. and the Salem Athenæum, Free for students with ID.

Presented by Salem Athenaeum & Historic Salem, Inc.
Exhibition Talk

Samuel Hall: Printer-Patriot

Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Matteo Pangallo of Harvard University, curator of the current exhibition, “Samuel Hall: Printer-Patriot of the Revolution,” will give a gallery talk about the life and work of Salem’s first printer.

In 1768, Hall set up the first printing shop in Salem, Massachusetts and remained in Salem until 1775, when the Provincial Congress asked him to move to Cambridge to aid the patriot cause. An outspoken advocate of independence and a dedicated Federalist, abolitionist, and promoter of the art of printing, Hall is one of the many individuals who can rightly be counted among the founders of the nation.

Matteo Pangallo, Ph.D. is a Junior Fellow in theSociety of Fellows at Harvard University. His primary areas of interest are early modern drama and theater history, with a focus upon connections between text, performance, and reception. He also has interest in dramatic literature and the social and intellectual history of the book. Outside of his academic pursuits, Pangallo is a director and dramaturge who has worked for Salem Theatre Company as its founding artistic director, Rebel Shakespeare Company, and the Globe Theatre in London. He is also an award-winning book-collector.

Free  Reserve



Spring Course

Three Award-Winning Novels   

Theo Theoharis, instructor
6 Saturdays starting March 19
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Brilliant writing transports readers, stretches minds, and sometimes changes lives. How each author achieves this depends on a variety of factors. Award-winning writing reaches beyond the limits of its time and place, affects readers for generations to come, and shapes and advances literature.

Award-winning novels will be the focus and the connecting theme of the course. Each of the three selections represent a different decade and award–National Book Award, Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner– in an effort to examine shared traits of award winning novels.

The novels for discussion are, in this order:

The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder, National Book Award, 1968
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald, Booker Prize, 1979
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill, Penn Faulkner Fiction Award, 2009

TheoharisTheo Theoharis, Ph.D. has lectured widely on American and European  literature both in the United States and abroad. He is author of James Joyce’s Ulysses: An Anatomy of the Soul and Ibsen’s Drama: Right Action andTragic Joy, and well as the translator of Before They Could Change Them: The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy. He has received teaching awards from UC Berkeley, MIT and Harvard. He has taught courses on the epic, tragedy, and modern fiction at Harvard for the last 25 years.

$155 Members; $175 Non-members


Friday, April 1, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

On occasional first Fridays, the Night Owls will convene.

This time it’s April Fool’s Day, so who knows what will happen… We invite you to bring games to share, a topic to discuss, or to just show up and join the fun. It’ll be a hoot!  

Free  Reserve


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