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Athenaeum News

Please give to the Athenaeum!

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The Athenaeum Annual Fund runs until December 31 and supports every part of our mission: providing a free library for the town with current materials; preserve the art gallery; and provide free programs for adults and children. Only 20 percent of our budget comes from the town—we receive no state or federal funds. The rest comes from our wonderful supporters. Please join them in supporting our National Landmark! Give HERE.

Thank you for your support!

Job Opening: Literacy Outreach Coordinator

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The Literacy Outreach Coordinator is a national service position with LEAP, the Lyndonville Economic AmeriCorps Program, serving at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum under the supervision of the Youth Services Librarian. Term of service is September 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019, with the possibility of continued service the next term. Members must complete 450 hours during this time period. Read more about the position HERE.

Call for Pies!

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Call for Pies!

Friends of the Athenaeum Pie Sale

Colors of the Kingdom

Saturday, September 15th 2018

Donate a pie and help with our most delectable fundraiser. Our goal is one hundred pies or more!

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

Sign up at the Athenaeum, email awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org, friends@stjathenaeum.org or call 802-748-8291. Thanks for your help!

The Domes Returns on Saturday, July 14!

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Albert Bierstadt’s The Domes of the Yosemite is back home at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. In October 2017, ArtCare Conservation carefully removed The Domes from its massive frame, rolled it onto a large cardboard tube, and drove it to Miami, Florida. Once there, they repaired a tear in the canvas, adhered the canvas to a liner backing to protect it from future stress, stripped off the old synthetic varnish, and applied a natural varnish which brought out the vibrant colors not seen properly in decades. Then beginning in January 2018, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL proudly displayed The Domes, the first time it had been seen outside The Athenaeum since its Art Gallery opened in 1873.

The transformation of Albert Bierstadt’s The Domes of the Yosemite is spectacular: what once looked like a valley shrouded in mist now appears as a nearly 3-dimensional view of this glorious natural American landscape. Special thanks to ArtCare Conservation, The Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, the USDA, and the hundreds of donors who supported the restoration of The Domes and the installation of a state-of-the-art temperature and humidity control system.

A National Historic Landmark since 1996, The Athenaeum continues its renovations and improvements to maintain its beauty and cultural relevance. Projects include a complete Athenaeum renovation in 2001, renovation of the Fairbanks Children’s Library in 2010, new skylights in the Art Gallery in 2011, and now the restoration of The Domes of the Yosemite. We look forward to additional projects at The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum as we plan a celebration for our 150th Anniversary in 2021.

 

Update on the Domes Restoration

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  The Domes of the Yosemite  will be at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL until July 8, 2008.

The Domes of the Yosemite will be at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL until July 8, 2008.

The Domes of the Yosemite is now on display at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL until July 8. ArtCare performed an exquisite restoration, and we can't wait for The Domes to return in mid-July so we can celebrate its homecoming!

Great article from Feb. 23 Orlando Sentinel with video HERE.

Nice article about The Domes at the Morse Museum HERE.

Watch a time lapse video about packing up The Domes HERE.

Watch the 5-minute video about packing up The Domes for its Miami move HERE.

See an excellent article about The Domes HERE.

Why is the painting gone?
The canvas is weak at the top edge and needs to be lined with a strong lightweight fabric to reinforce it. Other work includes removing old vanish, repairing a damaged area near the bottom edge, and minor inpainting and consolidation.

How was the painting removed from the Gallery?
On October 11 the painting was rolled, painted side out, around a rigid large diameter tube, and trucked down to Miami. See an example at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Where did it go, who is doing the work, and how long will it take?
Rustin Levenson, Owner and Founder of ArtCare Conservation, will supervise the work at ArtCare’s Miami, Florida facility. Conservation may take three months. http://www.artcareconservation.com/

When will the painting return?
After conservation is completed, the painting will be exhibited at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida through early July 2018. http://www.morsemuseum.org/ Chicago industrialist and Winter Park, Florida philanthropist Charles Hosmer Morse was born in East St. Johnsbury, VT in 1833, and joined the E. and T. Fairbanks Company in 1850. He ultimately became the controlling partner in Fairbanks, Morse & Co. headquartered in Chicago. In 1942 The Morse Museum was founded by his grand-daughter, Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89), and named for her grandfather.

The Domes of the Yosemite remains the sole property of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and will be reinstalled at the Athenaeum in July 2018.

Celebrating Galway Kinnell's Posthumous Poetry Collection, Dec. 13, 2017

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Having trouble logging into your Listen Up Vermont! account, or KOHA?

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Having trouble logging into your Listen Up Vermont! account, or KOHA?
The Athenaeum recently upgraded its network communication protocol. Effective immediately, all patron accounts have the following format:

  •  your library barcode [the 14 character alphanumeric code found on your library card that starts with 2VSPY]username:
  •  your last name, case sensitive [you can change this default password when you login to   KOHA]password:

    Don't know your library barcode? Contact the librarians at the Athenaeum at 802-748-8291.

You will also need your library barcode and password to log in to Listen Up Vermont! to access our collection of thousands of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks.

If you find you are still not able to log in to Listen Up Vermont! using your updated login information, you may need to uninstall the Overdrive app from your device and then reinstall it.

"The Domes" Has Left the Building!

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"The Domes of the Yosemite" will be gone until July of 2018! At 150 years of age, the painting needs some TLC. It will spend the winter in Miami at ArtCare Conservation, and be on exhibit at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida after conservation. Be sure to join us in July 2018 to welcome The Domes home to the Athenaeum!

Watch the 5-minute video about packing up The Domes HERE.

See an excellent article about The Domes HERE.

Micromosaic Table on Exhibit at the Athenaeum Art Gallery

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Bruce Barret of Maine has loaned the Athenaeum a micromosaic table that has come down through his family. The appraisal describes the table "Italian, Third Quarter of the 19th Century." Mr. Barret has visited the Athenaeum for years. He has an affection for the institution and had seen the Athenaeum's two mircromosaic pieces on many visits. The table has been in his family for years coming from his grandfather. Mr. Barret said, "I thought it would be nice to show it to the people in St. Johnsbury and other visitors to the Athenaeum".

Athenaeum Director Bob Joly praised the condition and beauty of the table. "This is a very fine example of the art. The flowers and doves, and Greek-key motifs are found in other great examples of this kind of work. We are very grateful to Mr. Barret for loaning this beautiful table to the Athenaeum to enhance understanding of the art form."

Come to the Athenaeum Pig Roast July 22!

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Saturday, July 22, 4-8 pm. Pig Roast, Rosemary Chicken, Award-winning Sausage Appetizer, Side Dishes, Beer, Soda. Tickets $20 per person; $50 per family. Purchase tickets by calling Scott Davis at 802-745-1393 or sdavis@stjathenaeumorg.