Literary Parlor

The Mansion is hosting a Victorian Literature Book Club a.k.a. “Literary Parlor.” Everyone is welcome to join 19th century bibliophile, Kate Howe, at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for cookies and conversation about Victorian novels. A Victorian Literature Taste Tester #victober with Kate Howe.


Spend a cozy January afternoon in the Mansion’s parlor watching the movie version of Wilke Collins’ compelling tale, The Moonstone. A young English woman inherits a large Indian diamond for her eighteenth birthday. The story revolves around the theft of the diamond; the complex plot traces the subsequent efforts to explain the theft, identify the thief, trace the stone and recover it. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the intermission.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 1:00 pm

COST $1 Reservations are required Make reservations online

or call 215-438-1861 for information or reservations.

Literary Parlor February 2020 – Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave and Four in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley

Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, to discuss Elizabeth Keckley’s autobiography of her years as a dress designer and seamstress for Mary Todd Lincoln and other prominent Washington, D.C. women. After the publication of Behind the Scenes, Mary Todd Lincoln turned against Keckley, causing her to lose her prestigious clients. She died in poverty in 1907.

Cost: $15, Free to anyone with 19144 zip code. Reservations are required. Make reservations online

Literary Parlor – Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins was published in 1875 by American novelist Louisa May Alcott. It is the story of Rose Campbell, a lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and must now reside with her maiden great aunts, the matriarchs of her wealthy Boston family. Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for an interesting discussion.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15, Free to anyone living in the 19144 zip code

Reservations are required. MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE or call 215-438-1861