Dear Friends,

How did you celebrate Independence Day? I kicked off the Independence weekend watching Hamilton on Disney+. It was an altogether marvelous experience equally as compelling as the live performance. On the 4th, I enjoyed a glorious, sweltering Independence Day as I followed the shifting shade in our yard while reading some good books, including Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet - and then got messy making fabulous, spicy black bean burgers with Hungarian Peppers fresh from the garden. What better way to spend a socially-distanced holiday? 

I share all of this to highlight our upcoming events. This week and next we host the final two programs in our online Summer Speaker Series. Don’t forget to register for them.
Wed, Jul 8, 2020 5:30 PM EST
Andrea Barnet on Change-makers: Four Visionary Women who Made a Difference
Next up in the Athenaeum webinar Speaker Series is Andrea Barnet, speaking on her book Visionary Women . This book features the store of four remarkable women, Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters. Join us on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30pm for a book club style talk about these four women’s stories.
Wed, Jul 15, 2020 6:00 PM EST
Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History
Save the Date:
Did you watch Hamilton on Disney+ over the weekend? Well next week on July 15 at 6:00 pm , Richard Bell will be joining us again to discuss the musical and what it gets right and wrong about history. 

For nonfiction reading on the subject, you can request one of these volumes from the Athenaeum library:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. (818 p.)
Alexander Hamilton, American by Richard Brookhiser. (240 p.)
Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson : A Study in Character by Roger G. Kennedy. (476 p.)
Eliza Hamilton : The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo. (340 p.)
A Fatal Friendship : Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Arnold A. Rogow. (351 p.)
War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation by John Sedgwick. (455 p.)

If you are interested in one of the above print titles, contact Librarian Jill LeMin Lee ( to arrange a pickup in the Athenaeum's vestibule , or to have the book(s) mailed to you. Please note that a book may be circulating when you request it, in which case you will be put on a list for it.
For related fiction, see the following eBooks:
I, Eliza Hamilton   by Susan Holloway Scott
The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr  by Susan Holloway Scott
eBooks may be requested through the Axis app. Contact Lois Reibach ( if you need assistance with eBooks.
Thu, Aug 6, 2020 3:00 PM EST
Athenaeum Book Club
The next meeting of the Athenaeum Open Book Club on Zoom will be Thursday, August 6, at 3 pm . Registration is required in order to receive the link. The book to be discussed is Revolver by Duane Swierczynski. It was a finalist for the 2016 Hammett Prize and is described by Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal, as “A twist-filled saga of family loyalties and civic corruption [set in Philadelphia].” We have one copy of the eBook . Head House Books has it available as a hardback or paperback.
Athenaeum Services

LIBRARY BOOKS: The Athenaeum is open for scheduled pick up and drop off of books Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 2:30pm. Make your requests online or email Jill Lee ( and your books will be waiting for you in the front vestibule of the building. Books can be dropped off for returns as well! 

EBOOKS: We continue to build our e-book collection. Check out our collections here: . If you need help requesting an ebook, contact Lois Reibach ( 

RESEARCH SERVICES: The Athenaeum building will be closed for in-person research through at least September 7, 2020. In the meantime, research requests will be handled, as much as possible, by email ( . If you prefer to reach Bruce by phone, please leave a number and best time to call in your email.

RDIC: If you are interested in making a scanning appointment, contact Scanning Technician Jim Carroll ( to schedule.
Our staff would love to hear from you what books you have been enjoying recently, as well as any recipes you have discovered in the Athenaeum cookbook collection. 

Wishing you health, happiness, and good reading,

Beth Hessel
Executive Director