Behind the Bookcase | Castaways: Displacement and Opportunity at Sea

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Date / Time

  • March 8, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Pirates, enslaved people, shipwreck survivors, emigrants—for centuries people uprooted from lives on land took their chances on the sea. Some have gone willingly, but many had no choice. Look at and handle materials from the 17th to the 19th century by and about a diverse group of individuals whose subsequent achievements tell us about their survival, adaptation, and cultural impact. Explore the works of pirate and author Alexandre Exquemelin; enslaved African and the first published African American woman poet, Phillis Wheatley; shipwreck victim, first Japanese person to live in America, and diplomat Nakahama Manjiro; and international seaman, British immigrant, and author Joseph Conrad.

About Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours at The Rosenbach

Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours offer unparalleled access to see, and even touch, rare and important items not usually on view to the public. Each program is dedicated to a different author, theme, or topic and grants a truly hands-on experience with materials in The Rosenbach’s inspiring collection.

See all upcoming tours hereSpace is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. 


Pictured: Phillis Wheatley. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. London: Printed for A. Bell, Bookseller, Aldgate; and sold by Messrs. Cox and Berry, King-Street, Boston, 1773. A 773p.