The Athenaeum

The Great Burlesque Exposition presents The Athenaeum (from the middle Latin for "A pretentious word for a library"). The Athenaeum is a remarkable collection of resources for both new and experienced burlesque performers and fans. Explore trade magazines from burlesque’s heyday, helpful guides to costuming, hair and makeup, and even novels inspired by the spirit of burlesque. Boston-specifc highlights of the collection include reprints of the very rare Cavalcade of Burlesque magazine (published by Boston's own Jess Mack), an autographed copy of Ann Corio's This Was Burlesque, and programs from The Old Howard.


Located in The Exhibit Hall near our fabulous Costume Display, The Athenaeum is open Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 from noon to 8:00 p.m.This exceptional collection is open to anyone with a Fan Admission or better.

Special thanks to Counterpoint Press, Hard Case Crime, Margo Christie, Union Park Press, and Mina Murray for their contributions.

Jan. 6, 2018, noon - 8 p.m.
Vendor Hall
Jan. 7, 2018, noon - 8 p.m.
Vendor Hall

Staff Lead - Miss Mina Murray