Galentines Day Brunch at the Rosenbach: A Young Friends Fundraiser

Date / Time

  • February 12, 2023
    11:30 am - 2:00 pm


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

  • Admission is $45. $28 for Young Friends membersNot a Young Friends member? Learn more here 
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  • This event is 21+ only. 


It’s time to kick it breakfast-style! Join the Young Friends of the Rosenbach for a Galentines Day Brunch celebrating the extraordinary friendships in our lives and the remarkable women in the Rosenbach’s permanent collection. 

Whether you’re a long-time member or new to the Rosenbach, this event will be a great way to meet like-minded literary lovers. All while helping the Young Friends raise money for collection conservation!  


What do I get with my admission? 

  • A breakfast buffet that would make Leslie Knope proud with an open bar
  • Guided museum tour focusing on women in our collection, including artifacts from Marianne Moore, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Rebecca Gratz! 
  • A presentation on women’s history in Philadelphia by Dr. Melissa R. Klapper.

100% of the proceeds from Galentines Day Brunch will go towards the Young Friends’ Conservation Project.

About the Speaker

Dr.  Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and Director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rowan University.  She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU, 2005); Small Strangers:  The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.  Her research has won numerous awards and fellowships, and she lectures frequently in academic and community settings.  Her most recent book is Ballet Class:  An American History (Oxford, 2020).


Who are the Young Friends of the Rosenbach?  

The Young Friends of The Rosenbach is a social group of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 45 who share a common appreciation for the art of the written word, history, and the culture of Philadelphia. This audience group cares deeply about investing in the future of their community and is eager to support its non-profits and businesses.   


What is the Young Friends’ Conservation Project?  

This year, the Young Friends of the Rosenbach are raising funds for the conservation of the portrait of Rebecca Gratz painted by Thomas Sully in 1831. Rebecca Gratz was a prominent Philadelphia philanthropist; among the many organizations she helped found were the Female Association for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances, the Philadelphia Orphan Asylum, the Hebrew Sunday School, and the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society. 

Her portrait will soon be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, and we need to ensure she looks her best for her national debut!