Athena is the Greek Goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and warfare. The Roman Emperor Hadrian built the first Athenaeum as a sanctuary for the goddess where scholars, philosophers, orators and poets would gather to discuss their work. Today they are independent libraries, supported by members, sponsors, and donors. Athenaeums have memberships, but do not require them to access a majority of their area that is free to the public. The Providence Athenaeum came to be in 1836, after a previous Providence Athenaeum and Providence Library could not agree on terms for a merger. I found it as I do most of my exploratory finds, searching old maps, google earth, and off-beat websites for the explorers of today.