Hands-On Tour: 19th Century Gay Lives, or, Love Revealed

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Date / Time

  • June 26, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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

Bold, cautious, resolved, ambivalent, and sometimes all of the above, gay men of the 19th century strove for authentic identities in art, literature, and love.  In this Hands-on Tour, we’ll look at the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde, follow John Addington Symonds path from self-acceptance to advocacy, fraternize with Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, and see the first use of the word homosexual in an English publication. After the tour stay for Continuing The Conversation to discuss the program with our curators in an open environment while enjoying light refreshments.

About Hands-On Tours

Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. See all upcoming Hands-On Tours hereSpace is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended.