Join Us In Welcoming Kelsey Scouten Bates as The Rosenbach’s Interim Director

A familiar face to many in The Rosenbach community, we are so pleased to announce the appointment of Kelsey Scouten Bates as our Interim Director. Bates has served as The Rosenbach’s Associate Director and Director of Development since February 2014 and was hired following the formation of its formal partnership with the Free Library of …

The Inauguration and the Peaceful Transfer of Power

A nation divided. A hotly contested election. A president feverishly appointing judges favorable to his viewpoint in the twilight of his term of office. Rumors that the opposition will lead the nation into radicalism and violence.  2020?  Perhaps.  But I’m here to tell you about the presidential inauguration in the aftermath of the election of …

Women Breaking Barriers: Objects from The Rosenbach Collection Presented in Celebration of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

The following objects were selected by The Rosenbach’s Collections Department staff as examples from across our collections of women who broke barriers in their eras, cultures, and professions. They changed the world around them and became role models for those who followed in their footsteps.   Amy Lowell (1874-1924), typed letter signed to A. Edward …

Explore the Free Library ’s Alice Dunbar-Nelson Digital Resources

E-books offer opportunities to read literature written by the subject of The Rosenbach’s major upcoming exhibition The Rosenbach, in partnership with a team of consulting curators, exhibition designers, and a Committee of Community Advisers, is hard at work preparing the Fall 2020 virtual exhibition “I Am an American!”: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson.  …

The Story Behind “I Am an American!”: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

The Rosenbach’s upcoming online exhibition, programs, and educational opportunities use history and literature to spark civic engagement.     “My fathers and mothers toiled to make an economic foundation for me! Every drop of my blood holds an heritage of patriotism. I am proud of my past; I hold faith in my future! I am …