May 5 at 9 a.m.: "Preparing for the Big Day." A wedding is both wonderful and full of pitfalls, but always an important milestone. Share what went wrong, what went right, and what you would advise," a program for brides and grooms, past and present, friends and relatives, into the third and fourth generations.
May 12: No Lyceum – Ferry Beach Weekend
May 19 at 9 a.m.: Hina Hirayama on her new book With Éclat: The Boston Athenæum and the Origin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bedford resident Hina Hirayama will speak on her book which chronicles the vital role that the Boston Athenæum played in the founding, in 1870 of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). A membership library founded in 1807, the Athenæum offered crucial assistance to the MFA both before and after the younger institution’s incorporation, ensuring its initial survival and later success.
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Hina Hirayama lived in Bedford for one year in the 1980s as an exchange student; later, after college, she returned to the town and became a resident. She holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from Boston University. She has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. She is Associate Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenæum, where she has worked since 1995.
Note: May 19 is the final Bedford Lyceum for the church year. Happy summer!