[CANCELLED] Early Hebrew Books IV: Learning the Ways of the World: The Gratz Family in Philadelphia | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • May 16, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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

Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this event. Please look forward to our other upcoming events.



In 1759, on the eve of his voyage from England to its American colonies, fledgling merchant Michael Gratz, then 19, wrote to his family in Upper Silesia, “I am again going beyond the ocean—to Philadelphia…. I must learn the ways of the world.” By 1776, Gratz was one of only 1,000 Jews within the colonial population of 2.5 million. This tour examines artifacts of the Gratz family of Philadelphia and asks how they learned the ways of this new world and made it their home. We’ll discuss how faith and revolution contributed to their story and how that story impacted the lives of their relatives and our museum’s founders, the Rosenbach brothers. Join us for this new addition to the Early Hebrew Books Behind the Bookcase series. There is no requirement to read Hebrew or to have attended any of the earlier three tours in the series. Artifacts include personal and business documents, maps, domestic objects, books, and fine art.

Would you like to learn more about the artifacts owned by the Gratz Family? Listen to episode 20 of The Rosenbach Podcast: https://rosenbach.org/podcast/

About Behind the Bookcase 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.

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