The Mystery of “The Mystery of Marie Roget”

When we say that Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective story, we may as well say that Poe invented the detective. In 1841, when “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” was first published in Graham Magazine, Boston was still five years away from founding the first professional police detective unit in the United States. Indeed, in creating …

Hands-On Tour: Women Poets

Date / Time

  • August 11, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Covering female poets from the 16th century to the 20th century, this new Hands-On Tour highlights remarkable female poets in the Rosenbach collection, including Phillis Wheatley, Anne Bradstreet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson. Through manuscripts, commonplace books, and first editions of their writing, we will discuss their extraordinary ways of creating identities, adaptation to adversity, and breaking conventions through poetry.






Hands-On Tour: Women Poets

Date / Time

  • August 4, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Covering female poets from the 16th century to the 20th century, this new Hands-On Tour highlights remarkable female poets in the Rosenbach collection, including Phillis Wheatley, Anne Bradstreet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson. Through manuscripts, commonplace books, and first editions of their writing, we will discuss their extraordinary ways of creating identities, adaptation to adversity, and breaking conventions through poetry.






Hands-On Tour: Women Poets

Date / Time

  • August 6, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Covering female poets from the 16th century to the 20th century, this new Hands-On Tour highlights remarkable female poets in the Rosenbach collection, including Phillis Wheatley, Anne Bradstreet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson. Through manuscripts, commonplace books, and first editions of their writing, we will discuss their extraordinary ways of creating identities, adaptation to adversity, and breaking conventions through poetry.






Hands-On Tour: Herman Melville

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  • July 28, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registration Non-Members: Tickets are $15 and include general museum admission. Purchase tickets online here. Members: FREE | To reserve member tickets, please call 215-732-1600 x100 or [email protected] Description “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” So says Ishamel in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Join us for a look at the Rosenbach’s mighty Melville (more…)

Bibliococktails: The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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  • July 14, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective story and the clever protagonist C. Auguste Dupin before the word “detective” had even been coined. Join us as we reinvent this harrowing tale with a mysterious new cocktail and a deep dive into literature’s first whodunit.






Mystery Author Panel

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  • July 19, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Three Philadelphia-based authors of detective and crime fiction join the Rosenbach for a panel discussion on the craft of writing mysteries.






Hands-on Tour: Sleuths and Spies

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  • 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!






Hands-On Tour: Marianne Moore

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  • May 12, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Poet Marianne Moore broke free of tradition and reassembled the pieces in a new and sometimes confounding way. In this tour, we will study her letters, clippings and the objects she surrounded herself with to find out more about the sources for her revolutionary and groundbreaking work.






We the Detectives: Exhibitions and Immersive Theater Exploring the History of the Mystery

Parkway Central Library Department of External Affairs 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189 Phone: 215-567-7710 Contact: Alix Gerz Free Library to Present We the Detectives, Exhibitions and Immersive Theater Exploring the History of the Mystery Special exhibitions at the Rosenbach and the Free Library’s Rare Book Department merge with theatrical performances by New Paradise Laboratories …