To Catch a Thief in the Days before Detectives

In 1750, Philadelphia was plagued by a series of domestic robberies over several weeks. The items targeted were primarily the luxury goods that were becoming increasingly available to residents who had financial means: jewelry, fine cloth, good silver. Although the colony of Pennsylvania was still largely an agricultural economy, the City of Brotherly Love was …

Hands-On Tour: Founding Fathers

Date / Time

  • July 7, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Examining the letters and papers of America’s founding fathers offers a rare opportunity to understand these historical leaders as fathers, lovers, intellectuals, and revolutionaries. Artifacts from George Washington (including one of his earliest letters), Thomas Jefferson (including his scientific notes), John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin form the core of the tour.






Hands-On Tour: Founding Fathers

Date / Time

  • June 30, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Examining the letters and papers of America’s founding fathers offers a rare opportunity to understand these historical leaders as fathers, lovers, intellectuals, and revolutionaries. Artifacts from George Washington (including one of his earliest letters), Thomas Jefferson (including his scientific notes), John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin form the core of the tour.






Hands-On Tour: Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • June 23, 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 early mystery stories, examine an original cypher belonging to a female Civil War spy, and exercise your sleuthing skills to detect a forgery. This tour is offered in conjuction to our Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives exhibition.






Hands-on Tour: Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • 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!






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 …

Hands-On Tour: Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • March 5, 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 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel), early editions of Sherlock Holmes, and an album belonging to a female Civil War spy. Synchronize your watches to 1500 hours and join us!