Featured Library: Rosenbach Museum & Library

This month we are highlighting Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library. Home to Bram Stoker’s original research notes and outlines for Dracula, the museum and library celebrated the man, the myth, and the vampire with its ninth annual Dracula Festival, a month full of Transylvania-inspired events.

  • Dracula and Friends exhibit—Since his appearance in 1897, Dracula has become one of the most famous literary characters ever created. The Rosenbach preserves 124 pages of Bram Stoker’s working notes for his novel. Included in his notes are his readings and research on “vampires, werewolves, and demons from around the world.” This exhibit includes Stoker’s research and literature featuring the supernatural from Rosenbach’s collections.

  • Leslie Klinger Reading and Book Signing—In addition to a reading and book signing, the author of The New Annotated Dracula discussed In the Shadow of Dracula, his latest book, a collection of classic vampire stories that benefited from or informed Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

  • Conversation with the Curator—Assistant Curator Kathy Haas hosted an informal presentation that presented the key aspects of the Dracula and Friends exhibit. After the presentation, she was available to answer questions and help patrons gain a better understanding of the exhibit.

  • The Growth of Stoker’s Dracula—Hands-on tours were available throughout the month to provide patrons with an up-close and personal view of Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes. Rosenbach’s staff also discussed what is required to create an iconic and enduring monster like Dracula.

  • Stoker’s Dracula—Josh Hitchens presented an extremely frightening adaptation of Dracula in a seventy-five-minute solo performance. Hitchens’ adaptation has been performed at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and produced by the Magic Circle Theater Company.

  • Dracula DIY—This DIY crafting extravaganza, worthy of the scariest of sorts, featured Dracula inspired crafts and performances suitable for the entire family. A photo booth captured “sinister snapshots,” and Dracula was read aloud by participants of all ages. This event also had ten-minute gallery talks to discuss Rosenbach’s collection of Dracula notes from Bram Stoker as well as a shadow puppet performance of Dracula wby Spiral Q Puppet Theater.