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June 2021

The Jew as Other in Victorian British Literature

June 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$6

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is pleased to host Dr. Carol Harris-Shapiro for an illustrated talk about the depiction of Jews in British 19th-century literature. The works of Charles Dickens, George Elliot, Trollope, and others will be explored for stereotypes of Jewish characters. Dr. Harris-Shapiro explores anti-Semitic, Philo-Semitic, and realistic representations of Jewish literary characters.

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Literary Parlor – Wives and Daughters

June 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$6

Join bibliophile, Kate Howe, for what surely will be a lively discussion of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel Wives and Daughters.  Elizabeth Gaskell wrote Wives and Daughters from 1864 to 1866 as a series for Cornhill Magazine. Gaskell died suddenly in 1865 and the novel was completed by Frederick Greenwood. It tells the story of a young Molly Gibson who has been raised by her widowed father, Dr. Gibson. As Molly grows older, she attracts the attention of one of Dr. Gibson’s apprentices so she is sent…

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July 2021

Coffee for Neighbors in the Garden

July 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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Free

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion invites anyone living in the 19144 zip code to join us on select Saturday mornings for complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and pastries or cookies. Learn about the Andrew Jackson Downing and Frank Scott gardens from our Garden Manager, Scott Traveline. Masks and social distancing are required.

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Literary Parlor – Clotel

July 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$6

Join us for a lively discussion led by 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe. Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States is an 1853 novel by United States author and playwright William Wells Brown about Clotel and her sister, fictional slave daughters of Thomas Jefferson. Brown, who escaped from slavery in 1834 at the age of 20, published the book in London. He was staying after a lecture tour to evade possible recapture due to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.…

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September 2021

Magnificent Maxwell Affair 2021

September 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$75

Join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021, in our beautifully restored Victorian gardens for lovely hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and desserts. Scott Traveline, Horticulturalist, and Claire Casstevens, Garden Ambassador, are here to guide you through the gardens and answer your questions about landscape design and best gardening practices. Various ticketing and sponsorship levels are available.

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Emilie Davis’s Civil War

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$6

Join Civil War scholar and author Judith Giesberg, ph.D. for an illustrated talk via ZOOM about the diaries of Emilie Davis. Emilie Davis was 22 years old in 1861 when the Civil War began.  Two years later she penned the words with which we were introduced to her, ‘Today has been a memorable day,’ opening up a small window into a black community in war.  In three slim pocket-sized diaries, Emilie wrote daily entries, recounting events big and small.  A…

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October 2021

Spooky Literary Parlor

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$8

Spooky Literary Parlor – Join us for a spine-chilling evening of Victorian ghost stories. Volunteers select a favorite 19th-century scary tale to read aloud to the group. Select a story that can be read aloud in less than 10 minutes. If you want to be a reader, email diane@ebenezermaxwellmansion.org with your selection.  Reservations are required. Time allows for only eight individual story readers so submit your selection early.

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November 2021

Miss Marjoribanks

November 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$6

Lucilla Marjoribanks is determined to look after her widowed father and become ‘the sunshine of his life whether he likes it or not. Once installed back at home and presiding over her father’s drawing-room, she launches herself into Carlingford society, aiming to raise the tone with her select evening parties. Lucilla is optimistic, resourceful, and completely without self-doubt, but will her indomitable nature diminish her marriage prospects? Miss Marjoribanks (1866) is a wonderfully comic depiction of the conventions and proprieties…

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January 2022

Literary Parlor – Domestic Manners in America

January 16, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$8

Domestic Manners of the Americans is a 2-volume 1832 travel book by Frances Trollope, which follows her travels through America. The book created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, as Frances Trollope had a caustic view of Americans and found America strongly lacking in manners and learning.  She was appalled by America’s egalitarian middle-class and by the influence of evangelism that was emerging during the Second Great Awakening. Trollope was also harshly critical of slavery of African Americans…

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