History of the Dickens Fellowship
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
Sat., Sept. 6, 11a.m.
Bring bag lunch
- - membership
Bleak House-Ch. 1-12
Brit Sweets provided !
The Salem Athenaeum
North of Boston Branch 337 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
About Us !
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:
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..
till August 29th !