Hands-On Tour: Titanic: The Rise of Rosenbach

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Date / Time

  • April 17, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 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.”

About Hands-On Tours

Offered almost every Friday at 3:00 p.m. and select evenings, Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as there are a limited number of spots on each tour and tours without registrants will be cancelled.

In the event of inclement weather, the Rosenbach will announce any closures on rosenbach.org. Please call 215-732-1600 x0 if you have questions about program status.

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