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Boston: A is for Athenaeum

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year’s theme is BOSTON.

Today’s letter is A which will showcase Boston’s Athenaeum.

Athenaeum, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning. My personal definition of this iconic landmark is paradise.

According to its website, the Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest and most distinguished libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. It started at the turn of the nineteenth century and continues to grow and flourish. The Athenaeum’s current residence is at 10 1/2 Beacon Avenue, overlooking the historic Granary Burial Ground. It houses five floors of paintings. sculptures, and literature.

The bright red leather doors provide a cheery welcome
to members and visitors alike.

Membership is a mere $315/year … allowing full access to all
floors and resources. If I lived in Boston, I would make this
reading room my permanent office.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the 5th Floor –
not typically open to non-members.
However, the Athenaeum does allow visitors ($10.00/visit)
and offers weekly tours for an additional $2.00.
Definitely worth the price!

My docent/guide for the tour … a true bibliophile!
When was the last time you used a card catalog
(have you ever used a card catalog??)

No library anywhere has more an atmosphere of its own,
that none is more conducive to intellectual aspiration
and spiritual peace.
   ~ Gamaliel Bradford


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