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Treasures from the Pacific at the Salem Athenaeum

The annual winter lecture partnership will take place at the Salem Athenaeum on Jan. 29.

Gilbert Island Sword.
Gilbert Island Sword.

The annual winter lecture partnership with the Salem Athenaeum and Historic Salem, Inc. will be taking place on Jan. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Salem Athenaeum. 

Each year, the topic highlights a particular aspect of Salem’s rich history. This year, Historic New England will be loaning objects from the Phillips House Museum’s Oceanic and Polynesian collections for a small exhibition. 

Susan Leavitt, a graduate student with Harvard University's Museum Studies program, will discuss these treasures and others found in the collections as well as share the stories and histories of Pacific islanders. A reception is planned for attendees as well. 

The exhibition will remain open at the Salem Athenaeum during regular hours for the month of February. Historic New England will be hosting a special behind the scenes tour focusing on their Oceanic collections on June 28-29, 2014. Many items are also on view during regular tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Advance tickets are strongly suggested and can be purchased at www.salemathenaeum.net. The cost is $10.00 for members of Historic New England, Historic Salem, Inc., and Salem Athenaeum members and $15 nonmembers. This lecture is free for students with valid identification. Please call 978-744-2540 for more information. 

The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St.

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