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July 2019

Up Close Tour: Athena at the Athenaeum

July 24, 2019 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA United States
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$10

Up Close Tours encourage visitors to look closely at materials from the Athenæum’s rich collections and consider them within a particular context. Join Boston Athenæum Docent Clive Martin for a discussion of the Goddess of Wisdom's presence in our library and her place in the ancient world,  focusing on the towering sculptures of Athena and Sophocles and the monumental head of Zeus that grace the Athenæum's first floor.

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Cymbeline: A Conversation with Anita Diamant and Fred Sullivan, Jr. at the Boston Athenaeum

July 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA United States
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$20

Members ($15) for lecture only; or ($55) for lecture and reserved seat for Cymbeline performance Visitors ($20) for lecture only; or ($65) for lecture and reserved seat for Cymbeline performance The Boston Athenæum and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) have partnered together to bring you two fantastic events in one night that interrogate and celebrate Shakespeare's Cymbeline, a mystical dramedy full of intrigue, mistaken identities, and romance. The production of Cymbeline marks CSC's 24th season of Free Shakespeare on the Common (July 17…

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Up Close Tour: Two Presidents and a Ghost at the Boston Athenaeum

July 31, 2019 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA United States
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$10

Up Close Tours encourage visitors to look closely at materials from the Athenæum’s rich collections and consider them within a particular context. Join Boston Athenæum Docent Maureen Marcucci as she leads a discussion around portraits and lives of Samuel Eliot, Thomas Handasyd Perkins, and Reverend Thaddeus Mason Harris, and their roles as leaders who have impacted the history of the Boston Athenaeum.

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