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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
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Calendar of Events

Aug
1
Oct 1

Art Installation: Mohamad Hafez

Introducing: His Majesty's Throne. Medium: plaster, paint, found objects, ridig form, fabric, LED lights, antique picture frame.

Introducing: His Majesty's Throne. Medium: plaster, paint, found objects, ridig form, fabric, LED lights, antique picture frame.

A Syrian artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States. Expressing the juxtaposition of East and West within him, Hafez’s art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint and scrap metal.

Using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content.

 

 

Sep
21
Oct 12

Vermont Reads Book Club

This book club will meet on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.  It is for students on a 5th grade reading level and higher.  The featured book is Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong, which will be checked out to students at the first meeting.  In addition to the discussion, students will produce an art or science project that will reflect the theme of the book which will be on display at a Shackleton/Antarctic themed movie night.  Contact Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian, to sign up.

Sep
28
4:00 pm16:00

Author Reading and Book Signing: Maryl Danzinger

Meryl Danzinger will be reading from her new book, Sing It!: A Biography of Pete Seeger.  Pete Seeger—singer, songwriter, social activist, environmentalist—he filled his toolbox with songs and set out to repair whatever in the world was broken. …..listeners will be surprised to discover how many familiar songs, people, and projects somehow connect back to this one individual (www.amazon.com) Meryl Danzinger lives in Manhattan and works as founder and director of Music House, a unique, highly individualized alternative to traditional music lessons (www.NYCMusicHouse.org).  A book signing and refreshments will follow the presentation.


Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

Friends of the Athenaeum Annual Pie Sale!

Pies $10 and Signature Pies $15

All proceeds will support the Athenaeum youth and adult programming and materials.

The Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival is organized by the Northeast Kingdom Chamber with the tremendous help of our partners: Catamount Arts, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum & Art Gallery, St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, St. Johnsbury Railroad Heritage Society, St. Johnsbury Senior Nutritional Center and all participating venues.

 

 

 

 

Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

Secondhand Prose Colors of the Kingdom Book Sale

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50 Cents for Paperbacks $1.00 for Hardcover Fiction

(some exceptions apply)

Stock up on your favorite authors!

Sale continues through September 24 during regular store hours.

All monies raised will be donated to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum for youth and adult programming and reading materials.

Sep
16
7:00 pm19:00

Mohamad Hafez: Unsettled Nostalgia

Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will offer a very personal view of what it's like for an upper class Damascene family to become forced migrants - their lives before and after, decision points, forced hands, and adjustment to new realities.  This will be an opportunity to better understand what the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II looks like to an individual and family who have been through it. 

Mr. Hafez creates mixed and multi-media sculptures representing Middle Eastern streetscapes and buildings besieged by civil war, deliberately contrasted with hopeful verses from theQuran, audio recordings from his homeland, and other elements of his Islamic heritage.

His exhibition,  Unsettled Nostalgia, is a multimedia installation that incorporates pre-war wall murals, sculpture depicting the post-war reality, miniature elements, and photography focusing on the war and the current refugee crisis.

 

 

 

Sep
14
6:00 pm18:00

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group: Antarctic/Arctic Exploration


Join us to read and discuss stories of exploration, discovery, and danger in the coldest parts of our planet WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th at 6pm.

This month’s theme is inspired by Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, the Vermont Humanities Council 2016 VERMONT READS book. The Athenaeum has 15 copies of The Endurance available for loan to patrons on a first-come-first-served basis.

We also have a variety of resources on exploration in the Antarctic and Arctic regions. Participants are encouraged to pick up a copy of The Endurance and/or another book from the list below, read them, and come prepared to discuss and share. Refreshments will be served.

Selected Arctic/Antarctic Exploration Books from the Athenaeum Collection

Berton, Pierre. The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909.

Bryce, Robert M. Cook & Peary: The Polar Controversy, Resolved.

Byrd, Richard E. Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure.

Henderson, Bruce. True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole.

Herbert, Wally. The Noose of Laurels: Robert E. Peary and the Race to the North Pole.

MacPhee, R. D. E. Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole.

Niven, Jennifer. The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk.

Perkins, Dennis N. T, Margaret P. Holtman, and Jillian B. Murphy. Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition.

Tyler-Lewis, Kelly. The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party.

Worsley, Frank A. Shackleton's Boat Journey.

Worsley, Frank A. Endurance: An Epic of Polar Adventure.

Sep
14
1:00 pm13:00

Celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival

This presentation is prepared with a Homeschool student emphasis.  Amy Huang will discuss traditions associated with the Chinese Moon Festival and share stories.  A themed craft and refreshments will follow the presentation.  Everyone Welcome!

Aug
26
Sep 16

Call for Pies!

Bakers of all types and sizes, raise your spatulas! The Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum are hoping for our best pie sale ever! Our goal is one hundred pies or more! Donate a pie and help with our most delectable fundraiser. This year we are adding a new feature to the event. Bring your recipe in with the pie and we will compile a booklet of the recipes that will link from our Facebook and web pages.  

We are also looking for pies from area restaurants and bakers to sell at a “Signature Pie Table”. Donate a pie and we will advertise your specialties.  All monies raised will be donated to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum for youth and adult programing and reading materials.

Please call 802-748-8291 or email friends@stjathenaeum.org to volunteer to bake a pie. Remember, we cannot accept pies that need to be refrigerated during the sale such as cream or meringue.

Aug
26
11:30 am11:30

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  Did you know that by reading just 3 books a day that by the end of the year your child and you would have read 1095 books?  Two information sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. and after the 10:30 a.m. Storytime on August 26. Sign-up for this program with Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian. 

Aug
25
5:30 pm17:30

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  Did you know that by reading just 3 books a day that by the end of the year your child and you would have read 1095 books?  Two information sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. and after the 10:30 a.m. Storytime on August 26. Sign-up for this program with Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian. 

Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group: Syria and the Middle East

Join us to read about and discuss Syria and the Middle East.

Our first monthly non-fiction book discussion group is inspired by this summer’s “Syria to St. Johnsbury/ St. Johnsbury to Syria” program series.

We will meet Wednesday, August 17th at 6pm for a lively and wide-ranging discussion of Syria and the Middle East from a variety of angles and viewpoints. Participants are encouraged to choose a book (or books) from the following resources in our collection, read them, and come to discuss and share what you’ve read. 

All are welcome. You don’t need to have read to take part. We will also be discussing choices of topics for upcoming months. Refreshments will be provided.

Reading list

Aug
13
7:00 pm19:00

Artist Reception: Mohamad Hafez

A WINE RECEPTION FOR OUR FIRST EVER INSTALLATION IN THE UPSTAIRS GALLERY

A Syrian artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States. Expressing the juxtaposition of East and West within him, Hafez’s art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint and scrap metal.

Using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content.

 

Readings in the Gallery with Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Readings in the Gallery with Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord was born on December 17, 1952, in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he attended Lynchburg College.DeNiord graduated from Lynchburg College in 1975 and went on to earn his MDiv from Yale Divinity School in 1978. deNiord taught at private schools for over a decade while publishing his poems. In 1990, he published his first poetry collection, Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990), while teaching comparative religions and philosophy at the Putney School in Vermont.

In 2002, DeNiord co-founded the New England College MFA program in poetry, which he directed until 2007. DeNiord is currently a professor of English at Providence College and the poet laureate of Vermont.

See More About Chard deNiord

Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Readings in the Gallery: Julia Shipley and Florence Fogelin

Julia Shipley and Florence Fogelin

Julia Shipley is an independent journalist and author of The Academy of Hay, winner of the 2014 Julia Shipley is an independent journalist and author of The Academy of Hay, winner of the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and Adam's Mark, named a Best Book of 2014 by the The Boston Globe. Winner of the 2006 Ralph Nading Hill Award and two-time recipient of  Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Fund grants, she was also awarded The Frost Place's Grace Paley Poetry Fellowship, as well as fellowships to The Center for Book Arts and The Studios at Key West.

Visit Julia Shipley's Website

Florence Fogelin's "Once It Stops" was featured Oct. 3, 2014, on Poetry Daily, following fall publication in The Florida Review. Press 53 Open Awards Anthology 2013 included three of her poems, one of which was among three published on the Women's Voices for Change website. Her chapbook, Facing the Light (Redgreene Press, 2001), was said by John Engels to be "elegant work, direct, unaffected, eloquent and passionate."
See More About Florence Fogelin

Arts & Culture - Continua Hospice Choir
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

Arts & Culture - Continua Hospice Choir

The local hospice choir Continua is a group of twenty-one volunteer singers now entering its 11th year of service, providing music for comfort and support at the bedsides of those facing the end of life. Small groups of four to six members sing for patients and their families in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

Director Suzanne Rhodes and members of Continua will talk about their work and share songs from their repertoire. Series sponsored by Philip and Marylou Meyer

May
24
7:00 pm19:00

Very Short Tales from Syria

A prominent practitioner of the Arabic "very short story" form, Osama Alomar published three collections of stories and a volume of poetry in his native Syria before events pushed him into exile. Now living in Chicago, Alomar's work has appeared in English translation in a variety of literary reviews and journals, including Ploughshares, The New Yorker Online, and The Southern Review. Fullblood Arabian, a collection of his stories in translation was published in 2013 by New Directions. Another collection, The Teeth of the Comb, is forthcoming in early 2017. Alomar will appear with his translator, Athenaeum Librarian Christian Collins.

May
4
7:00 pm19:00

The Memoir Boom

May 4 — The Memoir Boom: Who, What, Why
• Irene Kacandes

Dartmouth professor and experimental memoirist Irene Kacandes discusses current approaches to life writing and considers why we continue to love reading about others’ lives. Underwriter: Bill and Sharon Biddle

Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

The Poetry of Larry Levis

Brandon Mazur presents the work of this poet’s poet.

Those twenty-six letters filling the blackboard

Compose the dark, compose

The illiterate summer sky & its stars as they appear

One by one, above the schoolyard. —from, Elegy with a Chimneysweep Falling Inside It

Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

One Family’s 150-Year Battle Against ALS

In his well-researched book Dan Swainbank tells the continuing story of Vermont’s Farr family’s losses over a 150 year period, and the family’s involvement in the ongoing search for a cure for ALS. The book is an account of the love and support of a family and community which keeps the hope alive that someday this sad story will have a happy ending.

Jan
13
7:00 pm19:00

Rome Then and Now: The Albert Farwell Collection

The Eternal City of Rome was a “must see” on the European Grand Tour. Albert Farwell, son-in-law of Athenaeum founder, Horace Fairbanks, traveled extensively, purchasing photographs throughout his journeys at the turn of the 20th century. Living in Rome during a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Denise Scavitto recreated some of the photographs in the Athenaeum’s Farwell collection. She will share the history of the Farwell Collection and some of the photos of Roman landmarks, then and now.