Lunchtime Talk with Nancy Moses, author of Fakes Forgeries and Frauds (in-person)

Date / Time

  • April 5, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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

This program is sponsored by Lenore Steiner and Perry Lerner 


  • Admission is $15. Student admission is $10. 50% off for Rosenbach members, free for the Delancey Society. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This is an in-person program at The Rosenbach and requires proof of vaccination. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on March 2, for members on March 9, and for the general public on March 16.


What’s real? What’s fake? Why do we care? In this time of false news and fake science, these questions are more important than ever. Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds goes beyond the headlines, tweets, and blogs to explore the true nature of authenticity and why it means so much today. This book delivers nine fascinating true stories that introduce the fakers, forgers, art authenticators, and others that populate this dark world. Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds also raises provocative questions about the meaning of reality. What happens when spiritual truth conflicts with historic fact? Can an object retain its essence when most of it was replaced? Why did some art patrons value an excellent copy more than the original? Why do we find fakes so eternally fascinating, and forgers such appealing con artists? 

About the Speaker 

Nancy Moses’s award-winning books and articles explore iconic cultural treasures and the provocative issues they raise. Her books include Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds, Stolen, Smuggled Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures, and Lost in the Museum: Buried Treasures and the Stories They Tell. She created the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Power Lunch” column and a television series about game-changing women. The former executive director of Philadelphia’s History Museum, the Atwater Kent, Nancy’s career features senior positions at the National Endowment for the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government, and WQED-Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting. A diverse portfolio of clients have achieved major gains as a result of her expertise in nonprofit planning and development. Nancy Moses serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the state agency responsible for preserving, interpreting, and sharing Pennsylvania’s historical assets. She holds a Masters Degree from George Washington University and was a Visiting Scholar at the American University of Rome.

About Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach 

Enjoy In Conversation Programs at midday with leading scholars, artists, and authors talking about their work. Tea sandwiches and light refreshments included. 

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