Bibliococktails: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Date / Time

  • August 11, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beat the dog days of summer with the most famous canine in crime fiction (sorry, Scooby). With a discussion of this puzzling prequel and a specially crafted cocktail, The Baskerville, you can help us do battle with Sherlock Holmes’ fiercest foe.






Sherlock Holmes Game Night

Date / Time

  • August 2, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The game is afoot at the Rosenbach—literally. Join us this summer to play the sleuth with a selection of board games, card games, and role-playing games inspired by the iconic master detective Sherlock Holmes. Light refreshments will be provided and seasoned game-masters will be on hand to guide new players.






Hands-On Tour: Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • June 23, 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 early mystery stories, examine an original cypher belonging to a female Civil War spy, and exercise your sleuthing skills to detect a forgery. This tour is offered in conjuction to our Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives exhibition.






Hands On Tour: James Joyce and Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • June 9, 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 and Moby Dick to the present day.






Hands-On Tour: Dracula

Date / Time

  • June 2, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes (character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more!) for Dracula as Rosenbach staff explore what it takes to create an enduring monster.






“Cant” Stop Wondering about Criminal Slang?

One of the first things you may see when you enter Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives is a wall of extremely odd words in bold typography: Peg tantrums. Tip the velvet. Potatoe trap. What could these strange expressions mean? These colorful idioms come from A Dictionary of the Slang and Cant Languages by George Andrews …

The Trials of William Blake in Three Books

Some good news for William Blake fans: the William Blake Archive is online, and our Recent Acquisitions from the Bequest of Maurice Sendak exhibition has been extended through May 28, so you have another month to feast your eyes on some of Blake’s most beautiful engravings. The three works by Blake on display in our …

5 Questions with Michael Sims

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. In conjunction with our Clever Criminals and Daring …

Not by Shakespeare: The White Devil by John Webster

Date / Time

  • May 11, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • May 17, 2017
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Authored by masterful playwright (and contemporary of Shakespeare) John Webster, The White Devil is loosely based on a murder and trial in Italy 1585. Webster’s Italian courtiers seethe, cavort, and kill, but their schemes serve a covert purpose in satirizing the English royal court of his own day. This program features a one-time discussion of The White Devil, followed by a group trip to see the play as performed by The Philadelphia Artists Collective at the Broad Street Ministry.






Hands-on Tour: Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • May 26, 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 early mystery stories, a manuscript of Joseph Conrad’s Secret Agent, and an album belonging to a female Civil War spy. Synchronize your watches to 1500 hours and join us!