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February 20, 2013

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On this day in 1849, the Newburyport Athenaeum, which was established in 1809 for the purposes of “promoting learning and diffusing useful knowledge by establishing a repository for valuable and rare publications,” was sold at auction after voting to dissolve a month earlier.

— Information provided by the Historical Society of Old Newbury

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