North of Boston Branch



        History of the Dickens Fellowship

                                           North North of Boston Branch                        

                             The Fellowship was founded in London in 1902.            

       Objectives:   These were "to knit together in a common bond of friendship lovers of the great master humor and pathos,                  Charles Dickens",  to spread the love of humanity, to campaign against those that most concerned Dickens, and "to assist in the preservation and purchase of  bbuildings and objects associated  with his name or mentioned in his works".


       In a change to the Constitution agreed in 2005, an additional objective was introduced - to promote the   knowledge and appreciation of his works.   This was to reflect the change in emphasis of the Fellowship's activities.   The newest enhance the promotion,  readership,  education of Dickens with activities and events .

North of Boston Branch~~~~~Founded Spring 2010 Founder Deb Benvie just returning from a London trip had become taken  with the Dickens Museum and Fellowship.   Upon her return to  Massachusetts area she realized that the closest Fellowship was in Greater Boston.   Soon after a call was sent out for Dickens Fans.The North of Boston Branch was soon born and is now a Chartered Branch #204, status through the London Office.   The Salem Athenaeum is the base for the literary group and has served the membership well.   We hope to participate and forward Dickens literary works through the many cultural festivals, and events held in the area. 

Meetings are a combination of book club, social events, student programming, study groups, and community service and education.   Members are involved to the degree which suits them and fulfills their personal goals.  Many members enjoy  just book discussions while others enjoy the programming, planning, and activities.   We invite you to join our  Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of reading Dickens or start anew.  



North of Boston Branch NOBB
 Annual Membership Fee, enews monthly, disc. event fees - Only $15.-

Director: Deb Benvie
 Archivist: Bob Bransford

Treasurer: Kathy Anderson

Secretary:Susan Jhirad


       New time & Day, New Members !
         Literary Lunch
   Sat., Aug. 2, 11a.m.
         ring bag lunch
  1. - enrollment
   The Lamplighter ..short comedy by Dickens
    Brit Sweets provided !


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The Salem Athenaeum
North of Boston Branch 337 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
Contact 978-979-0574
2014 Conference
Register Here !
Deadline: Sept. 8, 2014
About Us !
Discounted Accommodations till Aug. 26
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We are moving our meeting day to the 1st Saturday at 11am monthly. A Literary Lunch meeting which will
include discussion, & fun !

Open enrollment is 15.- for the remainder of 2014 & through 2015. Giving you an extended six months of membership free till January 2016.

       Join us, bring a bag lunch, your $15.- dues, & enjoy our garden meeting. You'll get to meet everyone, see our meeting space, and 'consider yourself one of us !!'
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Keynote-John Jordan- Prof. of English, University of California, Santa Cruz .
Headliner-Gerald Dickens- Great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, Actor, London, England

Lillian Nayder, Biographer, Prof. of English, Bates Unviersity, Maine
Ian Keable, Expert/Dickens Magic & Spiritualism,Performer, historian, Member of The Inner Magic Circle, Oxford University Alumni,

Dickens Influences: Alcott, Longfellow, Hawthorne, Poe..
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