Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Rosenbach

There may be snow on the ground on Delancey Place, but we are feeling pretty green here at the Rosenbach. We began our day with a meeting dedicated to developing our upcoming Bloomsday celebration; it’s too soon to share details, but we are so looking forward to this annual celebration. Later this afternoon, in honor of St. …

5 Questions with Michael Dirda

A series of informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries, In Conversation with the Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers the audience a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions. Join us March 23 to hear book columnist …

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Michael Sims

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  • April 20, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In conjunction with our Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives exhibition, the Rosenbach warmly welcomes Michael Sims, author of Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes.






5 Questions with Tina Packer

A series of informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries, In Conversation with the Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers the audience a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions. Join us February 27 as veteran Shakespeare performer …

Let’s All Find a Poem

Date / Time

  • April 14, 2017
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Registration There is no need to register for this program; just drop in anytime after 10. Please feel free to contact Emilie Parker with questions or for more information. Description This program was created especially for kids ages 3 to 6, but younger and older siblings are welcome. We’ll start by reading the book Daniel (more…)

Poetry-Writing Workshop: The Poet’s Process

Date / Time

  • April 15, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 22, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 29, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 6, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 13, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 20, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course provides an introduction to poetry writing, drawing upon the Rosenbach’s unique collection of writers’ manuscripts to inspire the creation of new poems. Alongside viewings of such manuscripts as Marianne Moore’s poems in various stages of editing and revision, we will engage in discussions and writing experiments designed to spark original thinking, develop facility with writing, and enhance understanding of your creative process. By the end of the course, you will have created a portfolio of poems and enhanced your knowledge of diverse approaches to creative work.






Reading Group: Sherlock Holmes

Date / Time

  • April 9, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 23, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 30, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 7, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this reading group—offered as a companion to the Rosenbach exhibition Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives—participants will read a selection of stories including “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House”; two short novels, “Sign of Four” and “Hound of the Baskervilles,” as well as texts that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.






Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • March 17, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Rosenbach is well known for the works of James Joyce and Bram Stoker, but the “English Literature” collections include many other notable Irish authors as well. In addition to Ulysses and Dracula, we’ll read and handle works by some of these others, and look at their connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson to Moby Dick to the Internet.






Hands-On Tour: Shaping Shakespeare

Date / Time

  • March 3, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

When is Shakespeare not Shakespeare? And what is a folio, anyway? After seeing some of Shakespeare’s earliest printings and books that inspired his plots, we’ll explore how his work has fared at the hands of actors, editors, and forgers.






Hands-On Tour: Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • March 5, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The game is afoot to ferret out the realm of detective and spy literature at the Rosenbach. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explore items including The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel), early editions of Sherlock Holmes, and an album belonging to a female Civil War spy. Synchronize your watches to 1500 hours and join us!