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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 …