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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
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Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Book Reading and Talk: Charles Fergus

Photo by Elise Skalwold

Photo by Elise Skalwold

Charles Fergus is a local author whose historical mystery A Stranger Here Below (Skyhorse Publishing, NY) is set in 1830s America. Its title is drawn from a shape-note hymn, a distinctive form of American music popular in the early nineteenth century. Fergus will read from the novel and explain why he set his story in central Pennsylvania’s ironmaking region during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson.

 Fergus believes that good mysteries should deal with important issues and timeless truths, and his talk will also explore the question: “Can mystery fiction be thoughtful, literary, and profound?”

 Copies of A Stranger Here Below  will be for sale by Boxcar & Caboose. Free and open to the public. Handicapped Accessible.

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Community Conversations: 20th Century Development & Progress (St. Johnsbury)

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Join fellow Vermonters in your community to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. The programs will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls , who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities.

 For more information on the project, including how you can host your own community conversation, click here.                                                                  
A joint project of VHS and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Support provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University. 

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Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting Your Mind & Beyond: The Benefits of Applying Mindfulness

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Human beings have a tendency to believe everything we think. Because of this habit, we experience the world through a filter of conditioned tendencies, preconceptions, and attitudes that we mistake for reality. In order to see more clearly, we need to train our minds. Mindfulness practice is a tool with which we learn to direct our attention, giving us a fresh perspective on our inner world.

This seminar will include basic mindfulness practice instruction at each session. Beginners are welcome at any time.

April 24: Three Reasons to Meet Your Mind

May 22: Making Fear Your Ally

June 26: The Gift of Challenging Relationships

July 24: Communication—The  Key to Creating Community

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators. For more information: appliedmindfulnesstraining.org.

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Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting Your Mind & Beyond: The Benefits of Applying Mindfulness

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Human beings have a tendency to believe everything we think. Because of this habit, we experience the world through a filter of conditioned tendencies, preconceptions, and attitudes that we mistake for reality. In order to see more clearly, we need to train our minds. Mindfulness practice is a tool with which we learn to direct our attention, giving us a fresh perspective on our inner world.

This seminar will include basic mindfulness practice instruction at each session. Beginners are welcome at any time.

April 24: Three Reasons to Meet Your Mind

May 22: Making Fear Your Ally

June 26: The Gift of Challenging Relationships

July 24: Communication—The  Key to Creating Community

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators. For more information: appliedmindfulnesstraining.org.

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting Your Mind & Beyond: The Benefits of Applying Mindfulness

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Human beings have a tendency to believe everything we think. Because of this habit, we experience the world through a filter of conditioned tendencies, preconceptions, and attitudes that we mistake for reality. In order to see more clearly, we need to train our minds. Mindfulness practice is a tool with which we learn to direct our attention, giving us a fresh perspective on our inner world.

This seminar will include basic mindfulness practice instruction at each session. Beginners are welcome at any time.

April 24: Three Reasons to Meet Your Mind

May 22: Making Fear Your Ally

June 26: The Gift of Challenging Relationships

July 24: Communication—The  Key to Creating Community

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators. For more information: appliedmindfulnesstraining.org.

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting Your Mind & Beyond: The Benefits of Applying Mindfulness

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Human beings have a tendency to believe everything we think. Because of this habit, we experience the world through a filter of conditioned tendencies, preconceptions, and attitudes that we mistake for reality. In order to see more clearly, we need to train our minds. Mindfulness practice is a tool with which we learn to direct our attention, giving us a fresh perspective on our inner world.

This seminar will include basic mindfulness practice instruction at each session. Beginners are welcome at any time.

April 24: Three Reasons to Meet Your Mind

May 22: Making Fear Your Ally

June 26: The Gift of Challenging Relationships

July 24: Communication—The  Key to Creating Community

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators. For more information: appliedmindfulnesstraining.org.

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting Your Mind & Beyond: The Benefits of Applying Mindfulness

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Carol S. Hyman and Reeve Lindbergh

Human beings have a tendency to believe everything we think. Because of this habit, we experience the world through a filter of conditioned tendencies, preconceptions, and attitudes that we mistake for reality. In order to see more clearly, we need to train our minds. Mindfulness practice is a tool with which we learn to direct our attention, giving us a fresh perspective on our inner world.

This seminar will include basic mindfulness practice instruction at each session. Beginners are welcome at any time.

April 24: Three Reasons to Meet Your Mind

May 22: Making Fear Your Ally

June 26: The Gift of Challenging Relationships

July 24: Communication—The  Key to Creating Community

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators. For more information: appliedmindfulnesstraining.org.

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Apr
17
4:00 PM16:00

Hot Topics in Young Adult Literature

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Join us for a lively panel discussion as four local authors discuss Hot Topics in Young Adult Literature. Panelists include Beth Kanell, Don Bredes, C. A. Morgan (Cynthia Dekett), and David Stahler, moderated by Kim Crady-Smith from Green Mountain Books. This event is free to the public and handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Adele West-Fisher, Coordinator of Library Services at awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org or 802-748-8291.

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Milarepa Center? Who, What, When, Where, Etc.

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Have you ever wondered about that place off of Route 5 in Barnet with the really steep driveway and all the colorful flags? And what about that monument thing on the hill that overlooks the Interstate? Are they part of the other Buddhist place in Barnet? Come learn all about Milarepa Center; who we are, what we do, why we do it, and more! Join Milarepa Center director Dawn Holtz for a discussion about these questions and more! Bring your own questions and your curiosity! Hope to see you there!

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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

BYOB: Bring Your Own Book Discussion

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Celebrate Women’s History Month. Borrow and read Remarkable Minds: 17 more pioneering women in science & medicine OR a book of your choice about women in science (even picture books count). Join us for lively discussion about these inspirational women.  All ages welcome. Bring your own brown bag dinner or snacks. Drinks will be provided.

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Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Data Privacy

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"I don't do anything wrong, why should I worry about data privacy?" The false equivalency of privacy and doing something bad is heard less and less as years pass in the Information Age.

Please join us at the St Johnsbury Athenaeum on Thursday March 7th at 6pm, to hear from Community Tech Support staff Andrew Hatfield about easy steps you can take and tools you can use to improve your data privacy. A brief Q&A session will be held afterwards.

Andrew is available during Tech Support sessions every Thursday from 5-7pm at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

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Jan
12
6:30 PM18:30

Coming Home: A documentary film by Bess O'Brien

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Coming Home is a documentary film focused on five people returning back to their Vermont communities from prison. The film focuses on the innovative COSA program (Circle of Support and Accountability) that helps reintegrate folks back into their daily lives. The COSA program is run through Vermont's Community Justice Centers and is part of the restorative justice model.

 Coming Home is a film that takes an intimate and powerful look at this COSA process, the struggles and challenges of folks coming out of prison and the successes of the restorative justice model.

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Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Vermont Bench & Bar Listening Tour

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Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber and Vermont Bar Association President Gary Franklin, joined by Caledonia Unit Presiding Judge Robert Bent and Caledonia County Bar Association President Laura Wilson, Esq., invite you to the Caledonia County Stop on the Vermont Bench and Bar Listening Tour On Monday, October 22 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Light Refreshments will be Served Come share your impressions of, and suggestions for, the Vermont state courts and the legal system. The Bench & Bar Listening Tour is part of the Vermont Judiciary’s and Vermont Bar Association’s continual goal to serve the public well.

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Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

Vermont Reads: Bread and Roses, Too

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Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson is the Vermont Reads 2018 book. Come join in a lively discussion of the book in an informal setting. Adults and youth are invited to participate. Books are available for checkout at the front circulation desk.

Pizza dinner and beverages provided. Email awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org or call 802-745-1392 to indicate your interest in attending.

 

 

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Aug
11
4:00 PM16:00

SOLD OUT! Lee Stetson Performs as John Muir in Front of The Domes, 4 and 7 pm (4 pm show sold out)

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On Saturday, August 11 Lee Stetson will perform two shows, at 4 and 7 pm. Each show is limited to 50 people. Tickets are free, but you must register in advance. Register HERE (Where is asks "What kind of donation are you making?", Click on "Events"), or contact Scott Davis at sdavis@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1393. First come, first served, so register early!

Lee Stetson's performances have brought the inspiration, humor, and conservation message of John Muir to many thousands of people.

Since 1983, Lee Stetson has presenting dramatic live enactments of John Muir in Yosemite National Park. During the winter months, Lee Stetson performs live as John Muir on tour throughout the United States and the world. He is often asked to provide Muir "voice overs" for films on Yosemite, national parks, or John Muir, most recently in Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." Lee also was featured on interviews as a Muir expert in the first two episodes of that series.

"An Evening with a Tramp," Lee's original production, has been followed by "Stickeen and Other Fellow Mortals" (beginning in 1986) and "Spirit of John Muir" (since 1990). These are all available on audiotape and CD, and "Evening with a Tramp" is on video.

Lee Stetson is also the compiler and editor of a book, The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's greatest adventures. For this book, Lee carefully chose death-defying episodes from every stage of Muir's life, prepared short introductions to place each in context, then arranged them chronologically so that the reader can vicariously enjoy Muir's life of adventure.

Visit Stetson’s website HERE.

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Jessica Aiken-Hall: Book Reading and Signing

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Vermont author Jessica Aiken-Hall reads from her memoir The Monster That Ate My Mommy, a disturbing and honest account of her abusive upbringing in rural Vermont.

“This is one of the most moving and brave memoirs I have ever read—on par with The Liar’s Club (Mary Karr) and The Glass Castle (Jeanette Walls).”—Sarah Felix Burns, author of Jackfish, The Vanishing Village

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of her books this night will go to Umbrella, which supports women, families and survivors of interpersonal violence in the Northeast Kingdom.

 

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Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Domes Returns Open House

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Come celebrate the return of Albert Bierstadt's The Domes of the Yosemite, the gem of our collection following an amazing renovation by ArtCare Conservation in Miami, FL and a well-received installation at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL. Athenaeum Director Bob Joly will give a presentation about The Domes at 11 am and 3 pm. Free and open to the public.

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Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

The Domes Returns Open House

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Come celebrate the return of Albert Bierstadt's The Domes of the Yosemite, the gem of our collection following an amazing renovation by ArtCare Conservation in Miami, FL and a well-received installation at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL. Athenaeum Director Bob Joly will give a presentation about The Domes at 4:30 and 6 pm. Free and open to the public.

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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Beth Kanell reads from The Long Shadow

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Author Beth Kanell reads from her new book, The Long Shadow (Five Star Publishing, April 2018).

Beth Kanell of Waterford, Vermont, has written a story of 1850s Vermont.  When Alice Sanborn and her best friend cross paths with a bounty hunter in rural northern Vermont, the teens stage a daring rescue for former slave Sarah Johnson.  But winter weather, politics and challenges of mountain life bring more danger.

“Adults and teens alike will savor this well-researched tale of a teenage girl, her best friend, and their black friend Sarah, who still isn’t safe from bounty hunters even in the snow-covered villages of Vermont.”-Edith Maxwell

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

The Full Vermonty: Reading and Book Signing with Bill Mares

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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.

 

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