Coming Events Details


September 17, 2020 6:00pm
A Special Online Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Peabody Essex Museum’s New Collection Center!


Avoid the traffic and join us for a virtual tour led by Peabody Essex Museum staff members Angela Segalla, Director of the Collection Center, and Dan Lipcan, Head Librarian of the Phillips Library. We'll see their new 120,000-square-foot facility, the PEM's Collection Center, which provides state-of-the-art preservation, protection, and care of PEM’s extensive collection of art and culture. It includes the Phillips Library's reading room, digitization lab, and storage space.

Though we can’t gather in person afterwards for refreshments, here are a few suggestions for imbibing and snacking at home. It’s still summer, so save your money for books and try an inexpensive, fizzy white Portuguese wine, Vinho Verde, which would pair well with something local like fried clams. But no matter what you choose, we’ll be able to enjoy a shared experience.

The Zoom link and instructions will be included in the Society’s e-newsletter.



A Virtual Tour of "Devoted Catholic and Determined Writer: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston," Oct. 7, 5:30-6:30 PM (See Registration note below.)


Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), one of only two women represented in Bapst Library's stained-glass portraits of American authors, may have faded from the canon, yet she continues to offer a unique window into the multifaceted literary establishment of late 19th-century Boston. Guiney's father was an officer in the "Fighting Ninth" Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry regiment, an Irish heritage unit that engaged in crucial Civil War battles. Active in law, politics, and Irish and Catholic organizations, he developed influential connections that aided his widow and only daughter following his early death from war-related injuries in 1877. By then, Boston had become a major hub for education, publishing, and the arts, and Guiney benefited from her father's network. But it was her own drive to write-first, poetry, and later, short stories and biographical essays-that earned her acclaim in literary circles, if not the financial independence she sought.

Guiney's choice of subjects was informed by her Catholic beliefs, her admiration for Jesuits, and her visits in the 1890s to Ireland and then England, where she returned to spend the last twenty years of her life. This retrospective exhibit focuses on her relationships with Catholic religious leaders, fellow writers, and publishers in Boston.


Please register HERE by Monday evening, October 5. All registered attendees will receive the Zoom link via email on October 6.

An online version of the exhibit is available HERE. COVID-19 restrictions unfortunately do not allow visiting the physical exhibition.