The Rosenbach’s Top Ten Tips for Making the Most of a Museum Exhibition Visit

“‘Exhibit’ is a noun, but it is also a verb, meaning to show or display.  Show or display what? Stuff.  Not pictures of stuff or descriptions of stuff, but stuff.  And the use of real, physical stuff…is what sets exhibits apart from books, TV, the Internet, etc.”  – Eugene Dillenburg, “What, if Anything, is a Museum?” In Exhibitionist, spring, 2011.  …

A Manumission Story

The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines Manumission as ‘formal emancipation from slavery’ (note that The Rosenbach has two first editions of Noah Webster’s landmark Webster’s Dictionary!). Manumission was one vehicle that enslaved Africans leveraged to gain their freedom. Slave laws made manumission difficult, however, requiring large sums to legally manumit slaves. Here at The Rosenbach we have …

New Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tour to Highlight Mexican History Collections

Mexico: Race and Revolution in the Borderlands will be offered with live English-to-Spanish translation for Spanish-speaking visitors.   The border between Mexico and the United States has been at the heart of trade, politics, art, and spirituality for centuries. A new Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tour at the Rosenbach titled Mexico: Race and Revolution in the …

Benjamin Lay and Ralph Sandiford: Early Quaker Abolitionists at The Rosenbach

We often think of the abolition movement beginning in the early 1820s with people like Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth and Charlotte Grimke. But since the beginning of slavery in the United States, there were people whose lives were devoted to ceasing and ending it. A few of these early anti-slavery advocates are here at The …

Robert Burns, Tam o’Shanter, and The Rosenbach

January 25 is Burns Night, when we celebrate the works of Scottish poet Robert Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire. It’s also a tradition here on Delancey Place, where our celebration features a night of readings, music, and whisky. The Rosenbach is home to the largest extant collection of Burns’s letters, manuscripts, and early editions. Learn more …