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Win a Trip to Yosemite National Park

Drawing is September 1st! Only 165 tickets will be sold!

If you love the painting The Domes of Yosemite and dream of visiting the park, here is your chance! The 2012 Athenaeum Summer Raffle prize is a trip to Yosemite National Park. The prize features a two-night stay for two adults at Yosemite Lodge, an $800 stipend for airfare for two adults to San Francisco, and round-trip transportation by bus from San Francisco to the Park. The Athenaeum will pay up to $2,300 for the cost of the trip and airfare based on 2012 pricing. The winner is responsible for incremental costs based on selected travel date. Tickets are $50 each available at the Athenaeum.Sponsored by Caplan's Army Store. See all the details on the summer raffle page on our site.

National Endowment for the Humanities Highlights Frame Survey

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently highlighted the frame survey completed in 2011. The grant from the NEH supported a survey of forty two gilt frames at the Athenaeum. The focus of the frame survey was to examine, gather information, and prioritize the need for conservation treatment of the art's colllection's frames. The survey was completed by Hugh Glover, Frame and Furniture Conservator from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center located in Williamstown, MA with the assistance of Mary Jo Davis, independent conservator and Bob Joly, the Athenaeum's Coordinator of Interpretation and Volunteer Services. Click here to read more.

Visit Our New Mobile Website

If you have a smartphone, you can enjoy our new mobilized website. Point your browser to or on your phone's browser to view the mobilized site.

BroadbandVT Project Public Meeting

Join us on August 30th from 5:30 - 7PM for a BroadbandVT Project public meeting at the Athenaeum. The public is invited to learn about the BroadbandVT Project. Representatives will be available to answer questions and get feedback on how many members of the public do not have access to broadband.

Athenaeum Welcomes Upward Bound Volunteer

Richard OtisRichard Robert Otis (pictured) has been working at the Athenaeum this summer to reorganize the books on the second floor and fiction room. Richard is a junior at Rivendell Academy in Orford, NH. Through the Upward Bound program at Lyndon State College, Richard volunteered three hours a day, five days a week to the Athenaeum. For more information on the Upward Bound program, click here.

Our AmeriCorps Volunteer - Thanks Jaime!

JaimieWe wish to express our thanks to Jaime Gibson, our AmeriCorps volunteer for her support of the Acorn Club and our outreach programs. Jamie was instrumental in visiting day care centers and adult living centers providing books and storytime to our residents who can't come to the library. The Athenaeum has partnered with AmeriCorps for over a decade and the position is year-long. Jaime is pictured with her niece during our Acorn Club kickoff event in March.

Arts and Culture Series Lecture Highlights Plein Air Painting

Rod ReisLocal artist, Rodney Reis (pictured) presented his lecture "Plein Air Painting - Materials of the Masters" on July 18th in the Art Gallery. Rodney discussed and demonstrated the materials used by the great oil painters during the plein air (in open air) process. The materials included pallets, canvas, mediums, and pigments. The lecture was part of the Athenaeum's Arts and Culture Series.

The next Arts and Culture Series lecture will take place on October 18th at 7 PM. Independent curator Martha Hoppin will discuss "Hiding in the Old Oak: Country Children in Art." Her lecture will feature the work of John George Brown, who specialized in genre scenes--his best known paintings were of poor street children, especially boot-blacks.

St. Johnsbury Celebrates the Colors of the Kingdom

The Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the Colors of the Kingdom Festival on Saturday, September 15 from 9 - 4 Book SalePM. In partnership with the Festival, The Friends of the Athenaeum will host a pie sale and book sale; the Acorn Club will be distributing free balloons and children's books; and the Art Gallery will host an open house with free admission. For the full schedule of Colors of the Kingdom, visit the NEK Chamber website. Pictured selling pies last year are Reeve Lindbergh and trustee Elinor Levy.

Arts Education Grant Will Benefit Local School Aged Children

The Canaday Family Charitable Trust recently announced that a three year grant in the amount of $103,500.00 has been awarded to Catamount Arts for the development of a children’s arts education program in collaboration with the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Beginning in September, representatives of Catamount and the Athenaeum will begin work on the project which will utilize the facilities and resources of both institutions. The goal of the project is to begin offering a series of arts education classes in the fall of 2013 to children from area elementary age school children. For the full press release, click here.