POSTPONED | Roses in the Wilderness: Religion, Culture, and Society in Early America | In-Person Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • January 13, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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


  • General admission is $25 and includes access to the museum.
  • Rosenbach members receive a 50% discount on general admission.
  • Delancey Society members receive free admission to Behind the Bookcase.
  • Not a member? We invite you to join upon registration. Click here for more information about membership.
  • This is an in-person event at The Rosenbach. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation.
  • This event requires proof of vaccination.
  • If you have questions about registration, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on November 15, for members on November 22, and for the general public on November 29.



Religious pluralism has defined American life since early days, and the Mid-Atlantic region in particular has a long legacy of spiritual diversity embodied in William Penn’s “holy experiment”—that is, his establishment of religious tolerance in Pennsylvania in the late 1600s.  In this tour, we will consider the place of religion and spirituality in American life as encountered in rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts.  Materials to be seen (and handled!) during the tour will carry you from the icy shores of New England to the warmer climes of New Spain.  Highlights include world-famous Rosenbach treasures such as the Bay Psalm Book and John Eliot’s Bible in the Wôpanâak language, letters of William Penn, manuscripts and printed works related to the establishment of Germantown, Pennsylvania; artworks and documents connected to early Jewish Philadelphians, a copy of the Koran owned in colonial Pennsylvania, and records of the Spanish Inquisition that reveal details of the lives of ordinary people in the Roman Catholic Spanish empire. 

Sponsored by Robert K. Urquhart 

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Proof of Vaccination

Beginning on September 1, visitors and program attendees must show proof of vaccination along with all ​staff members and volunteers. With limited space for social distancing in our historic house and library, requiring proof of vaccination is the best way to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

  • Visitors and program attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination along with their photo ID at the front desk. We will accept your original CDC issued card or a photo.
  • With the vaccine requirement in place, masks are not required but are encouraged and will be available for use.
  • Visitors who are unable to show proof of vaccination will not be able to visit The Rosenbach at this time, including unvaccinated children under the age of 12.

About Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours at The Rosenbach

Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours offer unparalleled access to see, and even touch, rare and important items not usually on view to the public. Each program is dedicated to a different author, theme, or topic and grants a truly hands-on experience with materials in The Rosenbach’s inspiring collection.

See all upcoming tours hereSpace is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended.