The Rosenbach Debuts New Podcast [press release]

For immediate release

December 2, 2021—The Rosenbach is proud to announce the release of The Rosenbach Podcast. The new podcast shares the stories of some of the iconic treasures and lesser-known artifacts in our collections as we consider the place of rare books, libraries, and museums in modern life.

“The Rosenbach Podcast takes the best, most compelling stories out of this historically rich collection and transforms them into episodes you can listen to anytime and anywhere,” says Kelsey Scouten Bates, the Executive Director for The Rosenbach. “From The Rosenbach’s connection to the ill-fated Titanic to the world of modern pop-up book art, the Rosenbach Podcast proves just how contemporary rare books and manuscripts can be.”

In the podcast, members of The Rosenbach’s Collections staff reveal what it’s like to spend their 9-to-5 caring for generations of history, and share some of their favorite surprises that reside on our shelves.

“One of the wonderful things about The Rosenbach is that its staff and community members are just about as interesting as the collections we hold,” says Dr. Alexander Lawrence Ames, The Rosenbach’s Collections Engagement Manager and host of The Rosenbach Podcast. “As you listen to the podcast, you’ll get to know the characters who spend their time on Delancey Place and hear their personal insights into The Rosenbach’s collections, and the work they do.”

The first four episodes are available now at or wherever you listen to your podcasts. New episodes will debut every Wednesday until February 9, 2022.

  • Episode 1: The Celtic Muse: Afternoon Tea, Scones, and Celtic Harp with Dr. Alexander Lawrence Ames, Host of The Rosenbach Podcast
  • Episode 2: Parlor Talk: Exploring the History and Collections of The Rosenbach with Judith M. Guston, Curator & Director of Collections at The Rosenbach
  • Episode 3: Live from the Reading Room: Studying Rare Books and Manuscripts with Elizabeth E. Fuller, Librarian of The Rosenbach
  • Episode 4: Artifacts of Inspiration: Authorship, Activism, and the Archive. A Conversation with Philadelphia Poets Laureate Trapeta Mayson and Yolanda Wisher

The Rosenbach Podcast is made possible by The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation.


The Rosenbach creates unique experiences for broad audiences through programs inspired by its world-class holdings of literature and history. The Rosenbach is located in Center City Philadelphia and is open to the public with growing content available at all times on The Rosenbach is affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia.