Course: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Date / Time

  • June 23, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Charles Dickens’ Bleak House lives up to its title, exploring the bleakest parts of London and the dark desires of its inhabitants. The novel opens in fog, then takes the reader into the circuitous byways of the slum Tom-all-Alone’s and the through the interminable legal case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce.

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

Date / Time

  • June 23, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 18, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 15, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 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

  • June 28, 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.

Literary Game Nights at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • June 28, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The game is afoot at the Rosenbach! Join us for an evening of board games, card games, and role-playing games inspired by literary classics. Light refreshments will be provided, and seasoned game-masters will be on hand to guide new players.

20th Century Lesbian and Gay Lives

Date / Time

  • June 29, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the hidden histories of 20th century queer luminaries through their writings and artwork–both published and private. From Marlene Dietrich’s passionate letters to Mercedes de Acosta, to Jean Cocteau’s gloriously gay illustrations for Jean Genet’s Querelle, and an exquisitely explicit poem in Isadora Duncan’s handwriting, we will have a gay old time exploring the erotic imagination of 20th century lesbian and gay artists.

Wawa Welcome America Free Museum Day

Date / Time

  • June 30, 2018
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

As part of the Wawa Welcome America celebration, the Rosenbach is pleased to welcome visitors to explore our historic house and rare book library. Visit our current exhibition, Of Two Minds: Creative Couples in Art and History; let our knowledgeable guides introduce you to the Rosenbach brothers’ fine art and antique furnishings, and view documents handwritten by (more…)

House Tour: Americana

Date / Time

  • July 1, 2018
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

During this hour-long thematic tour of the Rosenbach brothers’ home, you’ll hear dramatic, inspiring, and surprising stories of American history in portraits, furniture, and rare books in our collection. Explore tales of daring, sacrifice, and patriotism at the Rosenbach and get acquainted with Founding Fathers and Mothers at the Rosenbach this July.

Stars of Page and Screen

Date / Time

  • July 5, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Great literature makes great film and television adaptations. Grab some popcorn and settle in for a viewing of
onscreen interpretations of great stories from our collection. Titles of films will be announced on the Rosenbach
website.

Hands-On Tour: Founding Fathers

Date / Time

  • July 6, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From George Washington’s earliest known letter (he was just 17!) to a meticulously folded page containing a scientific observation made by Thomas Jefferson while he was walking outside on a misty day, this tour offers an intimate view of the Founding Fathers’ writings to family, friends, colleagues, and even themselves. A rare opportunity to know our nation’s icons as real people: fathers, spurned lovers, jealous politicians, intellectuals, and, of course, revolutionaries. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin form the core of the tour.