Hands-On Tour: Shaping Shakespeare

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

When is Shakespeare not Shakespeare? And what is a folio, anyway? After seeing some of Shakespeare’s earliest printings and books that inspired his plots, we’ll explore how his work has fared at the hands of actors, editors, and forgers.

In Conversation With The Rosenbach: Thomas H. Keels

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  • March 20, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Thomas H. Keels, author of Sesqui! Greed, Graft, and The Forgotten World’s Fair of 1926. Sesqui! is the story of a great American city going off the tracks, thanks to a political machine that crushed dissent, controlled nearly every civil servant and elected official, and even paid the rent on the Democratic Party headquarters and the fair that was meant to be the greatest international exposition the world had ever seen but instead became known as the “Flop Heard ‘Round the World.”

Hands-On Tour: Lewis Carroll

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

Mathematician and cleric Charles Lutwidge Dodgson published children’s books under the pen name Lewis Carroll. This tour will explore both the man and the author, drawing on letters from Dodgson to his publishers, original drawings by John Tenniel (the illustrator of the Alice books) photographs of children taken by Carroll, and, of course, copies of his books. We may not figure out why a raven is like a writing desk, or believe six impossible things before breakfast, but it is sure to be an enlightening tour nonetheless.

Course: Pride and Prometheus: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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  • March 26, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 9, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 23, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 7, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 21, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

This course will explore perhaps the two most popular English language novels of the 19th Century: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Published just five years apart these two novels reflect very different cultural milieu, yet both were trailblazing in their genres. We’ll see how the ideas and cultural events of their shared era resonate throughout both novels and find some points of intersection in their views and perspectives.

Hands-On Tour: Book Arts

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  • March 27, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Do you prefer to judge a book by its cover, or does the inside matter more? In this tour of book arts, we’ll take a look at various rare books in the Rosenbach collection, their aesthetics, their functions, how the processes in creating books inform how we use them today, and vice versa. Go behind the scenes of book binding, illuminating medieval manuscript leaves, the artistry of scribes and painters, 19th century printmaking– and perhaps stumble on a few surprises between the pages.

Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach

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  • March 28, 2019
    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.

In Conversation With The Rosenbach: Nathaniel Popkin

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  • March 28, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Nathaniel Popkin who will read and discuss a new work, To Reach the Spring, which asks, what do we owe our children and grandchildren if the greenhouse gases we contributed to global warming cause extreme suffering or death?

Hands-On Tour: Herman Melville

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

With a warm heart for human nature, a cold eye for the human condition, and prose that would awe a Biblical prophet, Herman Melville was too good for his time. Join us for an odyssey through the Rosenbach’s mighty Melville collection in honor of the American Homer’s birthday (August 1). We’ll chart our course toward the source of Melville’s greatness through original editions of his novels and handwritten letters. “It is not down in any map,” says Moby-Dick’s Ishmael, “true places never are.”

“Whan that Aprille” Day

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  • April 1, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrating Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales with live readings in Middle English and presentations of our Chaucer manuscripts.