Happy Birthday to the Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum, one of Rhode Island's great jewels, celebrates its 169th birthday today. If you've never been, it's a great time to check it out. (Btw, Christina Bevilacqua, an occasional Phoenix contributor, has done a stellar job in enlivening the Ath's calendar of events -- even more of a reason to consider becoming a member.) Here are details about today's celebration:

Wed, 7/11, 5-7pm: Happy Birthday, Providence Athenaeum at 251 Benefit Street! Join us to celebrate the 169th anniversary of the opening of our beautiful library!The 1830s were momentous years for Providence. The city was incorporated, the first mayor and city council took office,the first railroad initiated service, and the manufacture of screws, files, rubber goods, and silverware began, which formed the foundation for tremendous economic growth; the resultant new wealth fostered institution-building.


Join us for refreshments and hear architectural historian Robert O. Jones set the context for the establishment of the Athenaeum as a new and thriving educational and cultural institution at the heart of Providence's civic center in 1838. This talk will set the stage for a new program series starting this fall, Meanwhile, At That Same Moment, in which we will take a kaleidoscopic look at life in Providence in 1838, one facet at a time - points of entry into our historical inquiry to include the telescope, the pocket handkerchief, the dueling code, and other unwittingly implicative phenomena. Free and open to the public!

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