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SALON: Fri 4/18, 5-7pm: Bert Gallery owner Catherine Little Bert on "Struggle, Strength and Dignity: Sculptor Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890 – 1960)." Ms. Bert will look at the life of Prophet, her body of work, and the obstacles she faced as an African American and as a woman, from the varying perspectives of the art world: museums, galleries, and the market place.

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The Aurea concertscheduled for Monday, April 28, has been canceled due to illness. We send our support and thoughts to Chuck and Consuelo and all the Sherba family. We plan to reschedule the concert for a later date. Many thanks as always for your support of Aurea and the Athenaeum.

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The Providence Athenaeum, a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center, welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation. It offers a wide range of experiences by providing and conserving extraordinary collections, offering innovative and compelling programs, promoting and collaborating with the community's vibrant cultural sector, and highlighting and preserving its historic building.


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The stately stone of the granite exterior opens to the warmth of wood as you enter the Athenaeum. Starting at your feet and towering overhead, books envelop you in winding canyons, deep ravines, and hidden culs-de-sac of bound paper, centuries of stories, voices, and ideas waiting to be rediscovered...

More than a place for books, the Athenaeum itself has the transcendental power of the best literature. The library holds the intrigue of a great mystery, the history of a non-fictional epic, and the delicious escape of a fiction title. We welcome visitors and members to come in and enjoy the Athenaeum's ongoing story for themselves!

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