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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bloomsday Festival 2024

(Philadelphia) – The international Bloomsday Festival returns to Center City Philadelphia on Sunday, June 16, celebrating the literary genius of James Joyce and his groundbreaking novel Ulysses. Celebrated around the world since 1954, the Rosenbach has made Philadelphia the North American destination for the event for over 30 years. An all-day affair featuring a public …

Tracing Celtic Heritage Across the Atlantic 

The Rosenbach Explores the Lasting Legacy of the Irish Diaspora, in Partnership with the Kelly House in Philadelphia and the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco  The history of Ireland is closely associated with the history of diaspora—that is, the movement of Irish people all around the world, including to Philadelphia. Irish identity, history, music, …

A letter from Kelsey Scouten Bates, February 2, 2024

Hello Friends, We hope you’re well and keeping warm this winter season. After two years of deep and energetic conversation within the Rosenbach community, I’m so pleased to unveil our new aspirational vision statement that puts what is already our practice into writing, strengthening our commitment toward a common goal:   Through unprecedented physical, intellectual, and …

From the Collection

In this edition of From the Collection, we’re highlighting the recent inter-departmental work that went on behind-the-scenes to prepare and open our new exhibition Succession: Why Presidential History Matters Now. Additionally, along with ongoing object movement and inventory activities, the Rosenbach is welcoming visitors back to the dining room after completing conservation work. Guests can once again see …

From the Collection

This month’s collections stewardship activities underscored the global reach and impact of the Rosenbach’s collections as staff welcomed back objects that were on international loan, made new acquisitions, and served researchers abroad. The Beast is back! The Number of the Beast is 666 by William Blake (1954.0011) is a watercolor, pen, and ink drawing based on the biblical …

Exciting changes to the Rosenbach’s leadership team

The Rosenbach is pleased to announce some exciting changes to its leadership team, signaling a greater focus on audience growth and outreach, accessibility to Philadelphia communities, and the care and accessibility of one of the world’s most significant collections of rare books, manuscripts, and historical objects related to literature and history.   Alexander L. Ames has been …