May 2013 Newsletter

Diana Mara Henry
We are pleased to welcome photographer Diana Mara Henry for her lecture "The Women's Rights Movement:
A Photographic Journey" on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

In the News and Upcoming Events
Arts and Culture Series 
Thank you to Douglas Brooks for his informative lecture on Japanese boat building. We will have the video on our YouTube channel shortly.  Our next lecture is:

"The Women's Rights Movement - A Photographic Journey" 
Diana Mara Henry 
Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

As official photographer for the First National Women's Conference, Diana had unlimited access to many of the crucial women of the 1970's. These photographs have appeared in many government documents, magazines, and books such as "The Perfect Portfolio, Newsweek's Pictures of the Year 1977" and the 1989 Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles. For additional information, visit www.dianamarahenry.com.

For the complete schedule of the 2013 Arts and Culture Series, click here
Oral Roberts Hands
May 2013 First Wednesdays    
The Patchwork Quilt of American Evangelicalism
Wednesday, May 1st at 7 p.m.

Dartmouth professor of American religious history Randall Balmer surveys the landscape of American Evangelicalism and reflects on an abiding tradition he finds rich in both theological insights and contradictions.  For the complete 2013 First Wednesdays schedule, click here.
First Wed. March 2013
First Wednesdays - (Rescheduled from March 6)   
Early Photographs of Native North Americans
Wednesday, June 26th at 7 p.m.

Richly illustrated with nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photos of Native peoples, this talk by UNH Vice Provost and professor Lisa MacFarlane explores the stories behind the iconic and often stereotypical images, providing a glimpse into the history of clashing cultures.

First Wednesdays is a program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council with additional support from the Friends of the Athenaeum. 

Athenaeum Docent Honored 
Alice Burnham, Athenaeum docent and area volunteer was recently honored at a dinner for her tireless commitment in support of several area organizations. We are so proud of Alice and her accomplishments. Alice composed a poem in celebration of her recent recognition. Click here to read "Living for Others."
PTSD Lecture in partnership with CCV - May 29, 2013 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. 

Join CCV Professor Jane Buchan as she discusses an issue affecting many families in our area, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The event will begin with a brief introduction followed by a DVD and question and answer period. Free and open to the public.  

AARP Fraud Forum:  Don't Be a Target or a Victim
Thursday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon

Consumers lose billions of dollars every year to various kinds of consumer fraud. People over 50 are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all victims. Whether it's bogus investment deals, the Grandparent Scam, e-mail ploys, lottery scams, or the newest ID Theft scheme--sophisticated con-artists are busy at work coming up with new ways to get you to hand over your hard-earned money. Join representatives from the Vermont Attorney General's office and AARP Vermont for tips and information on the latest scams and how to protect yourself from becoming the next victim. Free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.   

Gala logo
Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. 
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 
Tickets are $50 per person
Live Classical Music with Marie-Helen and Sarah Belanger 
All are welcome 

We are pleased to announce our plans for the largest annual fundraising event for the Athenaeum.
The Hidden Treasures Gala will feature multiple displays stationed throughout the Athenaeum. We will invite our guests to discover and explore the many hidden treasures that highlight key items in our extensive collection. Some of these items have never been shown to the public.
Our Gala Special Guest! Author Howard Coffin will be joining us at the Gala to introduce and sign his new book Something Abides: Vermont Civil War Stories and Places.  Howard Coffin's fourth book on Vermont Civil War history lists more than 3,000 Civil War sites that survive throughout the state. Coffin is a seventh generation Vermonter with six ancestors who served in Vermont Civil War regiments. He has given more than 300 talks on the Civil War in Vermont alone and leads tours of Civil War battlefields.

To view the Gala promotional flyer and ticket mail-in form, click here. We hope you can join us!  Tickets are on sale at the Athenaeum or by mail. 

The picture below shows the title page of the Janssonius Atlas from 1640 which will be on display at the Hidden Treasures Gala. This page is colored by hand.  


Janssonius Atlas
Support the Athenaeum Today!
It continues to be our goal, as stewards of this treasured institution, to provide innovative learning opportunities for our community. Your support is appreciated! To make a donation online, visit our home page.
Library Notes
Check out the new Teen Room!
Over at the Athenaeum, we've been making some changes, including moving the teen collection into the old Reference Room. Pop in and take a look! Also, if you are between the ages of 12 and 18 (or know someone who is) and want to become more involved in making changes to this new space, get involved in the Athenaeum's new Teen Advisory Board. Call or email MacKenzie at 748.8291 / mross@stjathenaeum.org.
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum YouTube Channel
You can now enjoy past Arts and Culture lectures onnline on our new YouTube Channel.  Click here to watch.
Children's Storytime - Every Tuesday and 1st and 3rd Saturday 10:30 am
Children's storytime is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and every first and third Saturday, also starting at 10:30.   Join us for stories, songs, activities, games and a small snack.  Beginning in June, Tuesday storytime will change to Friday to accommodate the Arts Education Summer Camp schedule.  

Scrabble Club meets Saturday, May 4 from 11 - 3 p.m.

Our Wish List is Growing - Send us your slightly used DVD's! We can also use young adult books and DVD's!
News from the Collection
QR Code
Freshmen Capstone Project

Bob Joly continues to work with teachers at St. Johnsbury Academy and freshmen on their fantastic projects!  Projects include QR (quick response) Codes in the Art Gallery (see picture at right), Children's Literature Through the Ages, Architectural Informational Plaques throughout the building, Making a 3D Model of the Athenaeum, and an Interactive Tour of the Athenaeum (similar to Google Street View).  Some of these projects will be on display at the upcoming Hidden Treasures Gala on May 17th. Additional information is forthcoming.   

Athenaeum and Catamount Arts Summer Arts Education Camp

For eight weeks this summer, the Athenaeum and Catamount Arts will jointly host an arts camp for children in grades 1-2 and 3-4. The camp will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 beginning June 18 through August 15. Activities include clay work, mask making, drawing and painting, bookmaking, and a close review of the paintings and sculptures in the Athenaeum. Staffed by artists and musicians selected by the Athenaeum and Catamount, the program will be administered through the St. Johnsbury Recreation Department's Kamp Iwannahavfun Summer Day Camp. For registration information click here 


Friends of the Athenaeum
Join us on Green Up Day, Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. to rake and spruce up the grounds of the Athenaeum!  Bring your rake, gloves and a friend!

The next Friends of the Athenaeum meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th at 5:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum

The Friends consist of people, such as you, who value the Athenaeum as a rich community resource.  By becoming a Friend, you join a great group of people who help with fundraising, event planning, volunteering at Second Hand Prose, and so much more! To become a Friend, click here to obtain a sign-up form and send in your membership payment.  Thank you! All donations are tax deductible.

Secondhand Prose
Second Hand Prose
Our used book shop located at 922 Main Street is brimming with mysteries and fantasy/science fiction paperbacks!  In addition, the volunteers at SHP are promoting "Outdoor Books" for a May theme. There are many great deals!

Please stop by and meet our dedicated group of volunteers who help to manage the bookstore. They maintain the bookshelves and guide shoppers to our best deals! Tell your friends! Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat 11-3; Wed 1-5; Fri 11-5.  Phone:  748-9222
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