CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Titanic: The Rise of Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • April 19, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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

When the RMS Titanic sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, it took with it Dr. ASW Rosenbach’s friend and collecting protégé, Harry Elkins Widener. Harry’s mother, socialite Eleanor Elkins Widener, turned to Dr. Rosenbach for help creating the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library at his alma mater, Harvard, setting the stage for the Rosenbach Company’s legendary success.

This Hands-On Tour tells the intertwined story of the Wideners, the Rosenbachs, and the Titanic by letting you view and even handle rare documents relating to history’s most famous tragedy at sea. On the tour, you will experience a moment in history that Dr. Rosenbach would later call “the most glorious incident in the romance of book-collecting.”

After the tour stay for Continuing The Conversation to discuss the program with our curators while enjoying light refreshments.

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. 


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