Culture & Civic Life
The Hispanic Society Museum and Library
The Hispanic Society Museum & Library's mission is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of the a...
The Providence Athenaeum derives its lineage from ancient European libraries and communities and from the American ideals of self-reliance and community service (the term 'athenaeum' descends from the Roman emperor Hadrian's first intellectual organization founded in A.D. 133). Since its origin in Providence, the Athenaeum library has been open to the public and welcomes conversation, debate, and a love of learning. The library's wide-ranging collection – comprised of rare and contemporary literature – covers nearly three centuries of compositions. Along with hosting authors, poets, and film presentations, the Athenaeum possesses an eclectic art and artifact collection comprised of over 150 sculptures, paintings, and archival documents ranging from the eighteenth century to the present day, with the mission to "enrich the mind, inspire the spirit, and elevate the public discourse."
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