Cancelled Behind the Bookcase | Dialogues: Native American History

Date / Time

  • May 1, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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

American history is the history of dialogues among the many peoples who have called—and call—America home. Highlighting The Rosenbach’s remarkable collection of books, manuscripts, and printed documents that reveal how Native Americans engaged with European and Euro-American peoples, this Hands-on Tour will invite attendees to think in new ways about American culture. The tour will focus on rarely-seen items from The Rosenbach’s holdings and introduce attendees to people of indigenous background who dialogued with Euro-American society by publishing works of history and literature. Items to be shown on the tour span 369 years of history, dating from 1626 to 1995. Famous figures like Pocahontas, Sacagawea, and Metacomet (King Philip) will be discussed, along with lesser-known people like R.B. Lewis and William Apess, all of whom appear in the Rosenbach collections.


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: Frontispiece portrait of William Apes[s], in William Apes[s], A Son of the Forest, The Experience of William Apes, a Native of the Forest, Written by Himself, 2nd ed., revised and corrected (New York: Published by the author.; printed by G.F. Bunce, 1831).  A 831s.