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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
United States

8027488291

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Upcoming Events

Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

First Wednesdays: American Exceptionalism Revisited

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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.

Statewide underwriters: The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation; Vermont Department of Libraries; National Life Group Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

A Party for Galway and His New Book

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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

 

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Dec
6
10:30 AM10:30

Homeschool Geography Fair

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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 awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391.

 

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Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Arts and Culture: Reading and Signing with Jeff Pratt

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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.

 

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Nov
14
9:00 AM09:00

"Read With Me": A FREE Vermont Humanities Council Program

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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 mhill@stjsd.org

Childcare provided upon request.

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Nov
10
to Nov 11

Winnie the Pooh Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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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.

 

 

 

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Nov
8
5:30 PM17:30

Financial/Estate Planning Seminar

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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

 

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Oct
30
1:00 PM13:00

Dorothy Reads Book Club

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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 awestisher@stjathenaeum.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.

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Arts & Culture Series: Susan Gold: Russian Politics: Putin and the Oligarchs

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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.

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Oct
16
1:00 PM13:00

Dorothy Reads Book Club

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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 awestisher@stjathenaeum.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.

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Literacy Celebration with Children's Author and Illustrator David Martin

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Stories and songs to delight children and adults

Each child will receive a free book!

Parents, caregivers, and childcare centers with small children are encouraged to attend. 

This event is made possible through the generous donations of TD Charitable Foundation,  St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Arts & Culture Series: Sabeeha Rehman: Reading and Signing

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Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam; and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim. 

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Indigenous People's Day

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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 9 "Indigenous People's Day." 

Writer Beth Champagne, of St. Johnsbury, will share Kimmerer's accounts, in "Braiding Sweetgrass," of living in relationship to plants and to land, to wind, water, and sky, and of her practice of giving back, in love, for the sustenance they provide.

She will be joined by Athenaeum Librarian Christian Collins for a conversation about the intersection of indigenous wisdom and ecological understanding.

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Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

First Wednesdays: "It Was 50 Years Ago Today": Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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(Note: This event is on Thursday October 5!) Released fifty years ago this year, this iconic Beatles album is often regarded as the single greatest rock album ever made. In a multimedia presentation, Beatles music scholar Aaron Krerowicz discusses the album and illustrates the development of its songs.

Read more HERE.

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Oct
2
1:00 PM13:00

Dorothy Reads Book Club

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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 awestisher@stjathenaeum.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.

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Sep
20
2:30 PM14:30

Literary Celebration with Children's Author and Illustrator David Martin

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Stories and songs to delight children and adults!

Each child will receive a free book!

Parents, caregivers, and childcare centers with small children are encouraged to attend. 

This event is made possible through the generous donations of TD Charitable Foundation,  St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and the Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

 

 

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Sep
16
9:30 AM09:30

Friends of the Athenaeum Annual Pie & Cookbook Sale

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Pies $12.00 each All proceeds will be donated to the Athenaeum to support 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.

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Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

"Drive In" Outdoor Movies

"Drive In" Movie Night at the Athenaeum: Friday, September 8, 7 pm. Come at 6 with the kiddies to make your own "Box" car! Enjoy family fun DIY STEM activities with LEGOS, straws and connectors, and KEVA Blocks while you wait for the movie to begin! We'll supply the popcorn and punch; you bring car-making box, and lawn chairs or beach chairs. 7pm: Short, followed by "The Lego Movie" and "Young Frankenstein" (parental guidance suggested). We just bought a 5 x 10 foot outdoor screen for the back lawn. Free for all!!!

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Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

The Great American Eclipse

The August 21st solar eclipse is bound to be spectacular, and did you know that Vermont will experience a sixty percent eclipse? To celebrate the event, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, in partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) and The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, is hosting its own partial eclipse viewing event. Come join our world class planetarium presenters and scientists for a fun, family friendly afternoon full of activities that’ll be sure to get you excited for this rare opportunity!

Find our more about this event here.

Outside in front of the Museum, from 1pm to 4pm on Monday, August 21st, we will teach you how to build your own solar observing pinhole projector, decorate a shoebox solar viewer, or you can take a peek through one of our specially made solar telescopes. Inside the museum we will be broadcasting live coverage of the path of totality and offering free planetarium shows. In addition, we will be demonstrating hands-on activities for young ones that will help them understand solar eclipses, provided by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE).

Find our more about this event here.

Refreshments will be provided. Solar eclipse viewing glass will be for sale in the Nature Gift Shop. Hosted by Bobby Farlice-Rubio (Planetarium Educator), Brad Vietje (President NKAF), and Adele West-Fisher (Saint Johnsbury Atheneum).

Find our more about this event here.

This event is weather dependent. Looking at the sun without proper equipment will cause blindness. 

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Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Brexit and the Future of Europe

Edward Hadas, financial journalist and currently a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall of Oxford University, was formerly economics editor at Reuters Breakingviews and an assistant editor at the Financial Times. Born in the United States, Hadas and his family summered in Peacham and Danville, VT.  He has a unique perspective about the Brexit Process that Includes how it might impact the US and even the Vermont economy.

 

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Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Northeast Kingdom and a License Plate

Civil War Historian Howard J. Coffin will present a letter to the Athenaeum signed by Senator George Aiken on the naming of the Northeast Kingdom, and give remarks on Senator Aiken and Victory Bog. 

Rob Ide, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, will present Howard with a special license plate.

Reception to follow..

 

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