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Boston Athenæum Tour
December 13, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm$15
What: Join other members of PBK Boston for a Sunday afternoon docent-led tour of the Athenæum, a historic Boston landmark located at 10½ Beacon Street in downtown Boston, arranged through Nancy Upper, one of our members who is also a long-time member of the Athenæum. We are planning to charge $10 for the tour, with $5 going to the PBK Boston scholarship fund.
“Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States…The new Athenæum flourished in culture-starved Boston and, as it voraciously acquired books, art, and artifacts, it grew rapidly. In 1827, it added an Art Gallery and began a series of yearly exhibitions of American and European art. For nearly half a century the Athenæum was the unchallenged center of intellectual life in Boston, and by 1851, had become one of the largest libraries in the United States. Today its collections comprise over half a million volumes, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts. The Athenæum supports a dynamic exhibition program and sponsors a lively variety of events such as lectures and concerts. It also serves as a stimulating center for discussions among scholars, bibliophiles, and a variety of community-interest groups.
“The Athenæum’s five galleried floors overlook the peaceful Granary Burying Ground, and, as Gamaliel Bradford wrote in 1931, “it is safe to say that [no library] anywhere has more an atmosphere of its own, that none is more conducive to intellectual aspiration and spiritual peace.” The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.”
We will also view the current gallery exhibition:
Collecting for the Boston Athenæum in the 21st Century: Maps, Charts, & Plans https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibition
After the tour, those interested can join in a visit to a local culinary establishment for coffee and a snack or late lunch, with suggestions welcome!
When: 12:30 PM on Sunday, December 13th, 2015.
Where: 10½ Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108-3777, telephone (617) 227-0270.
How: Public transportation to Park Street on the Red Line, walk up Park Street towards the State Capitol building and turn right onto Beacon Street and less than a block down. Parking automobiles downtown is easier on Sunday, but still a potential challenge! If you need a ride, include that in your RSVP and we will attempt to arrange it.
Who: The PBK Association of Boston is a non-profit organization of elected members of PBK who associate to promote scholarship, fellowship, and life-long learning. See www.pbkboston.org