First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays

Venue: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury
Library phone: (802) 748-8291
Library website
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First Wednesdays is supported in part by the National Life Group Foundation and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Series Underwriters: St. Johnsbury Academy

Program Underwriters: Friends of First Wednesdays at the Athenaeum; Gil Steil Associates
Passumpsic Savings Bank, Member FDICVermont Council on World Affairs

Library Underwriters: Adler & McCabe, PLLCFriends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Printed St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2016-2017 St. Johnsbury Schedule (PDF)

All First Wednesdays events are free and open to the public!

Wed 01

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

March 1
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »
Wed 05

Reformation and Response: What Luther Did to Art

April 5
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines how the Reformation, driven by Martin Luther’s rejection of the establishment Church, brought into question the assumptions by which most Europeans had lived, and how this played out in the art of the time. Read More »
Wed 03

World War II: American Perceptions and Historical Realities

May 3
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
Americans have held strong beliefs regarding WWII’s causes, consequences, and historical lessons—lessons cited to justify postwar US policies. UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler compares these beliefs about the war with what historians now maintain. Read More »