Americans came to terms with Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859) in the aftermath of the Civil War, which shaped how Americans processed new ideas about evolution. Dartmouth history professor Leslie Butler traces the ways Americans responded to Darwin, culminating in the showdown over the teaching of evolution in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925.
Murder Ink is a three volume short story anthology of newsroom detective fiction told by authors from around New England. Join series editor Dan Szczesny, along with authors S. J. Cahill and Judith Janoo, for an evening of readings and history.
This multi media presentation will explore the beginnings of the genre, look at the cross-over into Film Noir and explore why the newsroom makes such a perfect setting for the dark styles of Pulp and Noir.
Volume 3 was just released February 2018. Copies will be available for sale.
Author Bill Mares, along with Grand Hog Opry co-founder Al Boright, will read from his new book, The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump. They will discuss the history of Vermont humor, as well. Mares is well known for works such as Real Vermonters Don’t Milk Goats; Fishing With the Presidents; Grafting Memories: Essays on War and Commemoration; and for his many commentaries on Vermont Public Radio. Free and handicapped accessible.
Author Reeve Lindbergh reads from her new book, Two Lives (Brigantine Media, April, 2018). Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writes about the intersection of fame and privacy from her unique perspective-navigating her role as the public face of her family while, at the same time, leading a very quiet existence in rural Vermont.
"Two Lives is a beautiful essay collection: funny and wry some moments, wistful and wise at others. Lindbergh may be the daughter of two gifted aviators, but she soars in her own right. This book is insightful, astute, and--best of all--honest." -Chris Bohjalian
Copies will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served.
We take history for granted, but it owes its inception and survival to two extraordinary individuals. Middlebury College professor Jane Chaplin looks at the contributions of Herodotus (ca. 484-424) and Thucydides (ca. 455-400) to the development of historiography.
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Join Sue Halpern and Bill McKibben reading from her just-released novel and his most recent book. Read Sue's article about libraries in The Nation HERE. Copies will be available for purchase thanks to Boxcar & Caboose.
First Wednesdays Series. Douglass and Lincoln — one born a slave, the other born dirt poor — became respectively one of the nation’s greatest orators and one of its greatest presidents. Harvard professor John Stauffer examines their friendship, the similarities in their lives, and their legacies.
Underwriter: Gil Steil Associates
Why do people hold false or unsupported beliefs that are so difficult to change? Dartmouth Professor of Government Brendan Nyhan looks at what makes people vulnerable to misinformation about controversial topics, why facts alone are frequently ineffective at countering misperceptions, and what approaches might be more effective.
Underwriter: Friends of First Wednesdays at the Athenaeum
Author Bill Mares reads from his new book, The Full Vemonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump. The book is illustrated by longtime collaborator Jeff Danziger.
Mares is well known for works such as Real Vermonters Don’t Milk Goats; Fishing With the Presidents; Grafting Memories: Essays on War and Commemoration; and for his many commentaries on Vermont Public Radio.
Free and open to the public.
Do you like pizza and movies? If you do and you are a student in grades 5 – 8, come join us for A Book, a Pizza, and a Movie. The featured book and movie is The Giver by Lois Lowry. We'll have a short book discussion over pizza and then view the movie. Although it is more interesting if you have read the book, it is not required prior to the movie. I have a few extra copies of the book, if you would like to check one out. Email Adele at email@example.com.
Learn what an essential oil is. Experience the unique aroma of several varieties and discuss their many primary benefits. Find out ways to effectively and safely use essential oils to support a more natural lifestyle. Explore how the use of essential oils encourages many people to consider options for their own wellness, manage their health on a daily basis, and to have an alternative to address health issues as they arise.
Free and open to the public.
Come say Hello to St. Johnsbury Police Chief Tim Page at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Chief Page will give remarks on his vision for the Department and there will be time to talk with him individually.
Refreshments will be served.
Everyone is welcome.
Derek Boothby, former director of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, considers how the determination of America’s original settlers to create a society different from the 18th century European model has fared in the long term, and offers a naturalized American’s assessment of whether modern America is all that different from anywhere else.
- “What, exactly, is ‘American exceptionalism’?” The Week, 12/21/2016
- “2017: A Momentous Year” by Derek Boothby, Bennington Banner, 12/28/2016
Statewide underwriters: The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation; Vermont Department of Libraries; National Life Group Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services.
See all First Wednesdays events HERE.
We are gathering to celebrate the publication of Galway Kinnell’s Collected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, December 2017.)
We’ll have some refreshments, hear some poems and enjoy the memory of our friend Galway.
The party will take place at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, a place he had loved.
Readers: Tune Falkner, Jody Gladding, Melissa Hammerle, Bob Joly, Reeve Lindbergh, Lisa von Kann
Copies will be for sale by Green Mountain Books & Prints
Countries Around the World: Holiday Customs and Traditions
- Students should choose a country they would like to research-not the United States, please.
- Choose some facts that you would like to share about that country.
- Display suggestions include, but not limited to: country flag, country map, landmarks, products, foods, language, famous people, landmarks, etc.
- Include information about that country’s holiday customs and traditions.
- Use your imagination with your display. If you plan to use technology, it should be battery operated, since access to electricity is limited.
- Display space measures 36” W X 30” D, approximately.
- Space is limited to 20 participants
To register go HERE, or contact Adele West-Fisher, Youth Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-745-1391.
Alonqua, a Lenape boy of the early 1800’s, an orphan, is sent by Mawenteh, his elderly guardian, on a journey to a sacred waterfall...and far beyond.
The journey is a vision quest where Alonqua learns his Spirit Name and the courage to do what is true and right—for himself, for his people, and for the sacred earth.
Author Jeff Pratt, a teacher for 32 years, journeyed himself from Ohio to the Northeast Kingdom to find a little valley reminiscent of his childhood lands, and the way to this book.
Copies will be for sale by Green Mountain Books & Prints.
Good Shepherd School and the Athenaeum are partnering to welcome Reeve Lindbergh for a special story time. Popcorn and punch will be provided.
A FREE Vermont Humanities Council Program for expectant parents & parents of children from birth to age six
At The Family Place at St. Johnsbury School
Nov. 14 & 16 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by The Family Place and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
Led by Morgan Irons
To register for this workshop, Contact Martha Hill 802-748-8912 x 2022 or email@example.com
Childcare provided upon request.
Winnie the Pooh is celebrating National Animal Shelter Appreciation week by having a sleepover for his stuffed animal friends! Drop off your stuffed animal off by 6:00 PM on Friday, Nov. 10 to party with Pooh! Pick up at 10:30 AM Saturday, Nov. 11. Come enjoy breakfast treats, stories, and a report of night time activities!
Bring a donation for the Kingdom Animal Shelter for cats. See their wish list HERE.
Learn what to do with your money now and in the future!
Daniel Kimbell has over 35 years of experience in investment management, financial planning, estate planning, fiduciary relationship management and retirement funding. Daniel's professional associations include the Vermont and New Hampshire Banker's Association Trust Committee, Corporator for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, President of St. Johnsbury Development Fund, Chair of the Finance Committee for the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. He has his Wharton Business School Leadership Certificate, is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking NSB at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his AS from Champlain College.
Jay Abramson provides elder law services in St Johnsbury, VT. He specializes in legal issues related to aging like retirement planning, Medicaid, guardianship, and estate planning. Attorneys who specialize in elder law can provide legal counsel on matters related to retirement, aging, paying for long-term care, mental competency, probate processes, and more.
This seminar is presented by The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging
UVM professor Huck Gutman considers how William Carlos Williams changed American and world poetry forever by creating a new poetic language and new poetic forms.
Underwriter: Bill and Sharon Biddle
Join us for the Dorothy Reads Book Club for children! We will be exploring Firoozeh Dumas' funny novel "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel."
For more information about the book, click HERE. Sign up by emailing Adele West-Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-745-1391. This book club selection is appropriate for students on a minimum 4th grade reading level.
The book club will Mondays at 1 pm October 2, 9, 16, and 30.
Susan Gold is the author of the acclaimed memoir about the Holocaust, The Eyes Are the Same.
She was a consultant for Russian business development for Chase Manhattan Bank, and vice president and chief trading representative in Moscow for American International Group (AIG).
She has consulted for the International Agency for Development in Kiev, Ukraine, taught at the school for International Affairs, Columbia University, and served as director and consultant for Russian business outreach for theHarriman Institute, Columbia University.