Past Special Events

2015-2016 Special Events

2014-2015 Special Events

2013-2014 Special Events

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

Exhibition gallery tour and talk with exhibition curator Martin Brueckner

Saturday, November 16, 2013

10:30-11:30 am (tour and talk)

Various one-hour house tours available afterward

Garden tram tours also available

Please join Philobiblon Club members and friends for a gallery tour and talk about the Winterthur’s current exhibition, Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience. The exhibition curator, Martin Brueckner, will lead this tour and talk. Dr. Brueckner is Professor in English and American Literature at the University of Delaware, with a secondary appointment at the Center for Material Culture Studies.

Make a day of it with a house tour and a garden tram tour, both included in the admission fee of $15 (there is no additional charge for the tour and talk).

If you are already a member of Winterthur and wish to attend, there is no charge. However, you must provide us in advance with your membership number as well as that of anyone else who is coming as your guest, as the number of attendees is limited to 25.

If you would like to take a half-hour garden tram tour before the exhibition gallery tour and talk, please plan to arrive no later than 9:45 am. The tram will drop you off at the museum at 10:15 am. You can also take the garden tram tour later in the day, after the house tour, if you are going on one, or any time after the exhibition gallery tour and talk.

If you are starting your visit with the exhibition gallery tour and talk, please plan to arrive no later than 10:15 am. You can take the shuttle bus from the visitor center (or walk, about ten minutes) to the museum.

If you would like to take a special house tour (limit of 5 per group) in the afternoon at no additional charge (this is a great opportunity to take one of these tours, for which they usually charge extra), the following tours and tour times are available:

American Interiors: 1:00, 2:00 and 3:30 (Floor 7)

Explore the lives of families of long ago through the objects they owned. Settings for cards and tea reveal how early Americans spent their leisure hours. This tour includes the du Pont family bedrooms and Mr. du Pont’s office.

Antiques & Architecture: 1:30 and 2:30 (Floor 6).

View American furnishings from the 1600s to the 1800s in the inviting rooms designed by H. F. du Pont. See outstanding Quaker artifacts and Pennsylvania German folk art and architectural interiors. (Floor 6).

Distinctive Collections: 1:00 and 3:00 (Floors 3 & 8)

Stroll through a cobblestone courtyard and see Shop Lane's historic storefronts from the early 1800s. Explore collections and styles from Shaker to Pennsylvania German, rural to urban.

Please let us know which tour you would like to go on and we will sign you up for it. You will be able to get lunch at the café between the 10:30 am tour and talk and the afternoon house tours.

You need to register and pay for this event by November 1. To request a registration form be sent via mail or email and/or to answer any questions about the event, please feel free to call her at 215 746 5828 or email her at

Please send your completed registration form and check ($15 per person, if not a member of Winterthur) to Lynne Farrington at the following address:

Lynne Farrington

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

University of Pennsylvania

3420 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

You are responsible for your own transportation. However, if you need or can provide transportation to Winterthur, please let us know when you register, as we may be able to arrange some car pools.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)

Winterthur, DE 19735


For in-car GPS and online mapping services, use the following address:

5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

From Philadelphia

Take I-95 South to Wilmington. Take exit 7B, which is Delaware Avenue/Route 52. At end of exit ramp, turn right at light to head northwest. As soon as possible, move into left-most lane because road splits; continue on Route 52 North. Winterthur is on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington.

From I-476 (the Blue Route)

Take the Blue Route to I-95 South to Wilmington. Follow directions from Philadelphia.

From New Jersey, New York, and points north

Take the New Jersey Turnpike south to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow I-95 North to Wilmington. Take exit 7, which is Delaware Avenue/ Route 52. Travel three blocks to Route 52; take a left at the light. Stay in left-most lane to continue on Route 52 North. Winterthur is on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington

From Baltimore, Washington, and points south

Take I-95 North to Wilmington. Take exit 7, which is Delaware Avenue/ Route 52. Travel three blocks to Route 52; take a left at light. Stay in left-most lane to continue on Route 52 North. Winterthur is on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington.

2012-2013 Special Events

Three Generations of Book Collectors:

The Evan Turner Gift at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Exhibition Tour

Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 5:30 pm

Co-curators and Philobiblon members Daniel Traister and Samuel Streit will give a tour of highlights from their exhibition in the Dorothy W. & F. Otto Haas Gallery of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, up through November 7, 2012. The tour is free and open to all Philobiblon members and their guests and will be followed by a small reception.

There is no charge and although there is no limitation on the number attending the Athenaeum and Philobiblon would like to have a count prior to the tour for obvious reasons of arrangements and refreshments and the Club request that RSVP be honored by letting Lynne Farrington at Penn know your intentions, by phone at work (215-746-5828) or preferably by e-mail at

2011-2012 Special Events

2010-2011 Special Events

2009-2010 Special Events

2008-2009 Special Events


Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 10:30 a.m.

Senior Librarian Dr. Glenys Waldman will conduct a special tour of the Masonic Library of Pennsylvania.

The Library, founded in 1817, is considered to have one of the finest collections for the study of Freemasonry. It holds 75,000 volumes, 30,000 documents and manuscripts, and a vast number of print and photographic works.

One treasure is Benjamin Franklin's 1734 printing of The Constitutions of the Free-Masons, the first Masonic book printed in America.

The fee for the tour $4.50. Limited to 15.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 5:00-6:30 PM (rescheduled to Wednesday, February 11, 2009)

Tour and Cocktails at the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, including a tour of their extraordinary Poe exhibition "Quote the Raven"

Attendance is limited to 15.



Saturday, 30 May 2009.


A tour of the bookselling and publishing operations.

2007-2008 Special Events

Winterthur Museum Library Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 10-12:30 am

Curator Catherine Cooney will present outstanding examples of their books on architecture and design, American painting and graphics, juveniles and women's magazines. We will also be able to view their current exhibition.

FREE. Limited to 15.

Chemical Heritage Foundation Library Tour

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 5:30-8:00 pm

We will visit the Othmer Library of Philadelphia's Chemical Heritage Foundation, where librarian and Philobiblon member Ronald Brashear will give a tour of the library and show us their treasures, including items from the recently acquired Neville Historical Chemical Library.

Cocktails will follow.

FREE. Limited to 20.

Exhibition Tour at the University of Pennsylvania Library

Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 5:30 pm

Kamin Gallery, 1st floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

"Surely no person was ever so happy as I am": Emma Hamilton's Path to Fame: A private Philobiblon tour with exhibition curator & Philobiblon member Dan Traister. Refreshments to follow.


All Philobiblon Members are invited to the following:

2008 Rosenbach Lectures

April 14, 16, and 17, 5:30 pm

Rosenwald Gallery, 6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Dr. Paul Saenger

Newberry Library

"The Latin Bible as Codex"

"Christian Versification"

"The Birth of Modern Chapters"

"The Printed Codex"

Philadelphia Museum of Art Library Tour

April 1, 2008, 10:00 am

See the new home of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. Librarian and Philobiblon member Danial Elliott will show us highlights from the library and archives. We will also have an opportunity to view the new Perelman exhibition galleries.

FREE. Limited to 15.

2006-2007 Special Events

Walters Art Museum & the Libraries of Johns Hopkins

Saturday, October 21, 2006


A day in Baltimore with the Manuscript Society.

--Walters Art Museum and its library

--Lunch in a private dining room at George's

--Peabody Library

--Evergreen House and its Garrett Library

$95, limited to 45

The Cook Book Library of Chef Fritz Blank

Monday, November 20, 2006 at 12pm (Noon)

Join Chef Fritz Blank of Philadelphia's renowned Deux Cheminées for a tour of his working library of over 10,000 cook books. Refreshments provided.

FREE, limited to 20

The Special Collections of Temple University

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 2pm

Philobiblon Secretary Tom Whitehead will treat us to early lithographs, herbals, 1960s Philadelphia alternative newspapers, modern fine printing, artists' books, and science fiction—from Ezra Pound's first book to the manuscript from which Gauguin's Noa Noa was printed.

FREE, limited to 30

The Private Collection of Philobiblon President Steve Rothman

Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 2pm

Steve and Janice will host a visit to their home, and Steve will show us his collections of Christopher Morley--the best in private hands—and Arthur Conan Doyle, including presentation copies and manuscripts.

FREE, limited to 15

2005-2006 Special Events

A Visit to the Rosenbach Museum & Library

Sunday, October 30, 2005 -- 3:00-5:30 pm

The Philobiblon Club and the Manuscript Society cordially invite you to an afternoon at the renowned Rosenbach Museum & Library. Director Dr. Derick Dreher will present some of the library's treasures, such as autographs, early printed books, Shakespeare folios and quartos, and some of the Ireland forgeries. We will then receive tours of the library's current exhibitions: Drawn Together: Two Albums of Renaissance Drawings by Girolamo da Carpi and a gallery of collection highlights which include an illuminated copy of Guillaume Fichet's Rhetorica (Paris 1471) and selections from the Marianne Moore and Ulysses collections. Finally, we will gather for conversation with fellow members at a wine reception.

This event is limited to 40 persons. The cost is $15. Be sure to reserve your place before Monday 17 October 2005.

The Rosenbach is at once a historic house, a museum, a research library, and above all, a remarkable collector's collection. The museum was founded in 1954 by Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother, Philip, internationally known dealers in books, manuscripts, and fine art. The brothers' 1865 townhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a cultural and intellectual center of national significance.

What a great opportunity to meet members of the local Manuscript Society.

A Visit to the New York Public Library & the Grolier Club

Saturday, November 5, 2005 -- 8:15 am-7:30 pm

You are cordially invited to spend a day in New York City to see the collections at the NYPL and The Grolier Club. Leaving Philadelphia by bus at 8:15 am, our day will begin with a private lecture about and tour of NYPL's current exhibition The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts. We will lunch at Ulrika's before walking one block west on 60th St. to The Grolier Club, where Director Eric Holzenberg and Librarian Fernando Peña will talk about the club and show us some of its treasures. We will then see the highly praised Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes exhibition and have cocktails with members of The Grolier Club. We will depart for Philadelphia by bus at 5:00 pm.

This event is limited to 47 persons. The cost is $75. Be sure to reserve your place before Monday 24 October 2005.

The NYPL exhibition presents seven hundred years of political, ecclesiastical, social, and intellectual change through 100 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts of the 9th through the 16th centuries - from Bibles and missals to romances of chivalry and science and philosophy texts, all drawn entirely from the Library's Spencer Collection and the Manuscripts and Archives Division.

The Grolier Club exhibition 'No Other Appetite': Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and the Blood Jet of Poetry brings together for the first time original letters, manuscripts and photographs from the Plath archive at Smith College and from the Hughes archive at Emory University. The exhibition documents the creative relationship of two of the 20th century's most celebrated poets during their marriage, and the repercussions of Plath's suicide in the life and work of her husband Hughes, the late poet laureate of Britain. The exhibition has been reviewed by TLS and the London Times, with reviews in the New York Times and the New York Review of Books upcoming.

Please take this opportunity to visit with members of The Manuscript Society and The Grolier Club.

A Visit to the National Constitution Center

Thursday, January 26, 2006 -- 9:00 am

The Philobiblon Club cordially invites you to the National Constitution Center to see the much anticipated exhibition Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. In a closed to the public talk and tour, Executive Director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Dr. Rosalind Remer will discuss the exhibition and the efforts required to put the exhibition together - the largest collection of original Franklin materials ever assembled.

This event is limited to 20 persons. The cost is $8.50. Be sure to reserve your place before Monday 16 January 2006.

The National Constitution Center is proud to host the world premiere of the Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World exhibition, as part of the Ben Franklin 300 Philadelphia celebration. Featuring more than 250 priceless artifacts, the exhibition, on display December 15, 2005 through April 30, 2006, will be the centerpiece of the city's celebration of the famous Founding Father. The exhibition will be traveling to St. Louis, Houston, Denver, Atlanta, and Paris from 2006 until 2008.

A Visit to the Philadelphia Orchestra & Its Library

Thursday, February 2, 2006 -- 10:00 am-12:30 pm

The Philobiblon Club cordially invites you to a memorable morning at the Philadelphia Orchestra. We will meet in the lobby of the Kimmel Center at 10:00 am to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra's rehearsal with Maestro Simon Rattle; they will be rehearsing K. Szymanowski's Love Songs of Hafiz. At 11:30 we will break, and Principal Librarian Robert Grossman will show us the Philadelphia Orchestra Library and its collections.

This event is limited to 18 persons and is FREE. Be sure to reserve your place before Monday 23 January 2006

The Ricardo Muti Library of The Philadelphia Orchestra is an extraordinary resource, as it is considered by peer librarians to be among the best in the symphonic field. The library's music collection contains four thousand complete sets of orchestra parts and scores and may grow by an additional fifty to hundred new sets each season. In addition, it has the largest collection of music publisher catalogs and composer brochures of any orchestra library.

A Visit to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection & Friends Historical Library

Sunday, March 19, 2006 -- 2:00-4:00 pm

The Philobiblon Club cordially invites you to see treasures in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, presented by Curator Dr. Wendy Chmielewski. These include the books and papers of Hull Houses' Jane Addams. Also, Curator Christopher Densmore will show us highlights of the Friends Historical Library for the study of Quaker history.

This event is limited to 20 persons and is FREE. Be sure to reserve your place before Friday 10 March 2006

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is a research library and archive dedicated to the peace movement, with a concentration on disarmament, nonviolent activism, social change, and conflict resolution; it was established about 1930, when Jane Addams of Hull-House in Chicago donated her books and papers to Swarthmore College.

The Friends Historical Library was founded in 1871, two years after Swarthmore College opened its doors, when Anson Lapham donated 150 volumes of Quaker books for a small library "exclusively for matters pertaining to Friends". The library is one of the outstanding research facilities for the study of Quaker history and also maintains the Swarthmore College Archives.

A Visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 -- 11:00 am-12:30 pm

The Philobiblon Club cordially invites you to visit the Academy of Natural Sciences, where Senior Fellow and Academy Librarian Robert McCracken Peck will show us highlights from the Academy's extraordinary collection of 16th to 20th century natural history books and manuscripts. His presentation will be followed by the opportunity to see an exhibition of treasures assembled especially for us.

This event is limited to 20 persons and is FREE. Be sure to reserve your place before Monday 20 March 2006

Since its founding in 1812, The Academy of Natural Sciences has been committed to unlocking the secrets of life on earth through its world-renown scientific research and expansive scientific collections. One of the Academy's main research resources is The Ewell Sale Stewart Library. With its extensive collections of books, manuscripts, archives, maps, paintings, and photographs, as well as online services, it is one of the most important natural history libraries in North America. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to go "behind the scenes" at the Academy to hear the story of its remarkable history and to see some of the many bibliographical treasures in its care.