Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • October 17, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Rosenbach celebrates Bloomsday on June 16, so as a warm-up, we’ll break out some of the other notable Irish authors from our collections. Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.

Course: Rumi and Wine: Exploring the 13th Century Mystic Poet

Date / Time

  • October 18, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • November 1, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, is one of the most widely read poets in the world and one of the top selling poets in America over the last several decades. There have been a multitude of English translations with different interpretations of his work and different takes on both the poetry’s literal meaning and what the work has come to mean in the modern world. Although known for heartfelt love poems and dramatic narratives, Rumi’s work is spiritual in nature, stemming from the Sufi teachings. In our meetings, we will look at many of Rumi’s quatrains and lyrical poems with a wide scope, not setting out to prove or disprove what he meant with his words, but rather what he means to the reader. We will explore the mystical world of Sufism, Rumi’s life and motivations, and how wine plays a role in his poetry, as we also imbibe a few glasses ourselves.

Moby-Dick Marathon Reading at the Independence Seaport Museum [OFF-SITE]

Date / Time

  • October 19, 2018
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • October 19, 2018 - October 20, 2018
    7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 20, 2018
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Join us as we read Herman Melville’s entire novel over a 24-hour period. This collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum will feature food and activities for all ages. Celebrate the Great White Whale with us!

Course: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville-SOLD OUT!

Date / Time

  • October 20, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Devoted fans of Moby-Dick and first-time readers alike can dive deep into the pages of this great American novel. The course will tackle portions of this literary Leviathan during six monthly sessions and explore the novel within the context of Herman Melville’s life, the influences of Romanticism, and the age-old conflict of personal freedom versus social obligation.

Museum Adventure at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • October 25, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.

Hands-On Tour: Dracula

Date / Time

  • October 26, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes (character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more!) for Dracula as Rosenbach staff explore what it takes to create an enduring monster.

Halloween Party at the Rosenbach featuring Charming Disaster

Date / Time

  • October 27, 2018
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Rosenbach is home to Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula, as well as a first editions of Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. So, join us in your costumed finest to celebrate Halloween as we welcome musical duo Charming Disaster and their eclectic repertoire of song. Charming Disaster will play short sets throughout the evening, as we also engage in some gothic fun.

Course: The Brontë Sisters

Date / Time

  • October 28, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 25, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 30, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 27, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 24, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course is devoted to the literary achievements of the Brontë sisters, whose first novels arrived on the scene in 1847 with the collective publication of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey. Representing themselves as a trio of brothers — Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell — the Brontës polarized their critics, with many insisting that works as complex as theirs could only be produced by men, while others noted their daring and sometimes radical representation of gender and sexuality.