Library Treasure Tour: The German Society and the University of Pennsylvania, Past and Present – October 23, 2021

Join us for our unique and engaging Library Treasures Tours this fall where you’ll discover fascinating stories and artifacts held within the collections of the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library at the German Society of Pennsylvania.

Saturday, October 23, 2:00-3:00 pm
German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia PA 19123
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Explore the long relationship shared by the German Society of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania on this tour, which is led by Dr. Frank Trommler, a leading scholar of German-American history and former German Society Library Committee Chair.

Some precious Library objects to be studied on this tour include documents related to the founding of the archive by Penn German Department Professor Oswald Seidensticker, and the three historic Saur bibles that Seidensticker acquired in 1867 from the famous Pennsylvania book collector Abraham Cassell. The tour will also highlight Seidensticker’s scholarly works on Pennsylvania, as well as his published history of the German Society; the life of Penn professor Marion Dexter Learned and his Americana Germanica, as well as Learned’s magnificent first biography of Francis Daniel Pastorius. The tour will trace the continued relationship of the German Society and the University through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the history of the German Society with a tour guide who has been immersed in many aspects of the organization’s development for more than half a century!

Library Treasure Tours are offered in English, and no knowledge of the German language is required to participate. Tickets are limited for this hands-on, interactive event, so please register early. The tour will be offered again at a later date. Please email with questions.