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
Directions to the library


Statewide Underwriters: The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Series Underwriter: St. Johnsbury Academy

Program Underwriters: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with Pulitzer Prizes
, Passumpsic Savings Bank-Member FDIC, Vermont Council on World Affairs

Library Sponsors: Adler and McCabe, plc; Friends of the Athenaeum

Printed St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2018-2019 St. Johnsbury Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 03

Vincent Van Gogh and the Books He Read

April 3
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
Van Gogh’s letters reveal that his paintings and drawings were inspired by his reading as well as by people, nature, and other painters’ work. Art historian Carol Berry shows the profound influence of the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and others on Van Gogh’s life and art. Read More »
Thu 02

Bierstadt’s “Domes of Yosemite”: The Creation of an Icon

May 2
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
Yosemite was more than the first federally protected American landscape; it was an emblem of freedom in the years surrounding the Civil War. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at Smithsonian American Art Museum, discusses the story behind Bierstadt’s monumental painting, weaving together several historical threads to deepen our appreciation of Yosemite as part of our national identity. Read More »