Behind the Bookcase | A Definite Claim to Beauty: William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Book

Date / Time

  • March 24, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In 1891, the year the Kelmscott Press was founded, Queen Victoria began her final decade, and so did William Morris, the tireless craftsman, socialist, poet, novelist, translator, and founder of the Kelmscott Press. Fusing skill, aesthetics, and a lunatic devotion to all things medieval, Kelmscott books are the quintessence of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics–and the most profound and personal works of William Morris’s oeuvre. Venture behind the bookcase to bask in the exquisite artisanship of the Victorian twilight, and trace the late flowering of the Pre-Raphaelite book.

Behind the Bookcase | Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • March 29, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The game is afoot to ferret out the realm of detective and spy literature at the Rosenbach. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explore early mystery stories, examine an original cypher belonging to a female Civil War spy, and exercise your sleuthing skills to detect a forgery.

Course | A Culinary Comedy of Manners

Date / Time

  • March 31, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • April 21, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • May 26, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • June 9, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A course for those who like to read, and like to eat, and like to laugh. The Culinary Comedy of Manners takes us on a three century tour exploring three comic plays that satirize the follies and eccentricities of the upper classes. While in this course, we’ll also sample the gastronomic delights of each time period in a way that connects the food to our literary conversation. We will meet at The Rosenbach for three sessions, in which your professor will bring specially prepared period food to sample.  The last session will meet at the Culinary Literacy Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia for a cooking demonstration of the foods enjoyed throughout the course. 

A Celebration of Chaucer

Date / Time

  • April 14, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the return of one of our prized Canterbury Tales manuscripts with talks about the fascinating new way it was restored, followed by readings in Middle English.

Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • April 16, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.