Hands-on Tour: Dracula

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  • December 15, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes (character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more!) for Dracula as Rosenbach staff explore what it takes to create an enduring monster.

Hands-on Tour: Charles Dickens, The Inimitable Boz

Date / Time

  • December 17, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Beginning with his early works published under pseudonym “Boz” (he later impishly signed his letters “The Inimitable Boz”), Charles Dickens was a literary phenomenon in the 19th century, and his ubiquity continues with legions of readers all over the world.

Hands-on Tour | Fakes & Forgeries

Date / Time

  • December 20, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet young Phil and Abe Rosenbach at the beginning of the collecting careers that led to the creation of The Rosenbach you know today.

Hands-on Tour: Founding Fathers

Date / Time

  • December 22, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This tour offers an intimate view of the Founding Fathers’ writings to family, friends, colleagues, and even themselves. A rare opportunity to know our nation’s icons as real people: fathers, spurned lovers, jealous politicians, intellectuals, and, of course, revolutionaries. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin form the core of the tour.

Hands-on Tour: Love Letters

Date / Time

  • December 29, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for this rare peek into some of the most personal and emotional writing in our collections. From the aching yearnings of poet John Keats to the dying wishes of a Civil War solider, the Rosenbach is home to a variety of love letters. Spend an hour getting up-close and personal with a variety of treasures, including correspondence from Marlene Dietrich to Mercedes De Acosta and handwritten pages from James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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

Date / Time

  • January 2, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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.

Hands-on Tour: Marianne Moore

Date / Time

  • January 3, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Poet Marianne Moore broke free of tradition and reassembled the pieces in a new and sometimes confounding way. In this tour, we will study her letters, clippings and the objects she surrounded herself with to find out more about the sources for her revolutionary and groundbreaking work.

Hands-On Tour: Civil War

Date / Time

  • January 5, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From the writings of Abraham Lincoln, to the wartime letters of Col. Alexander Biddle of the 121st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, to a Confederate children’s textbook, this tour provides a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of those who shaped and survived America’s worst conflict.

Hands-on Tour: Queer Herman Melville

Date / Time

  • January 7, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In recent years, Melville has attracted new attention for his complex portrayals of interpersonal relationships. In this tour, we’ll dive into early editions of his work to explore their resonances with today’s politics of gender and sexuality.

Hands-on Tour | James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • January 10, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.