The Young Friends of the Rosenbach

The Young Friends of the Rosenbach is a social group of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 45 who share a common appreciation for the art of the written word, history, and the culture of Philadelphia. In addition to making literature fun, approachable, and accessible to Philadelphia’s next generation of leaders, the Young Friends care deeply about investing in the future of their community by serving as advocates for the Rosenbach’s mission. 

Young Friends events range from cocktail parties and hands-on workshops to exclusive opportunities to enjoy and engage with the Rosenbach’s preeminent collection of rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts objects. These include some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world, such as James Joyce’s manuscript of Ulysses, and Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula.  

All proceeds from Young Friends events support the Rosenbach’s conservation efforts to steward our renowned holdings for generations to come. Young Friends further support the future of the Rosenbach by maintaining an active membership at the Abigail Adams level or above. 


Upcoming events 

  • Our Summer and Fall events for 2024 will be announced soon! Please check back or reach out to Ayana Curtis, Development Assistant, at [email protected] for more information.


Past events 

  • May 17, 2024: A Great Gatsby Party in the Garden
  • November 17, 2023: The Language of Poetry: Past and Present
  • June 7, 2023: Liberté, Égalité, Bloomsday: A 1920s Parisian Soirée Toasting James Joyce and Sylvia Beach  
  • April 17, 2023: Rosenbach Young Friends Quizzo at Fergie’s Pub  
  • February 12, 2023: Galentines Day Bruch at the Rosenbach: A Young Friends Fundraiser 
  • December 4, 2022: A Very Merry Marianne Moore Holiday Party 
  • September 25, 2022: Ballrooms and Beer Halls 


Join us! 

Young Friends receive a special ticket price that admits two guests for all applicable events. (Regular tickets admit one guest). 

Rosenbach members at the Abigail Adams level or above are invited to participate in the Young Friends program. To join, select the option to “Join Young Friends” when making your membership gift online. 

If you are a current member and would like to join the Young Friends, please contact Ayana Curtis, Development Associate, at [email protected] or call 215-732-1600 x137.