While Jews themselves were rare in the Americas in the 17th century, word of the possible re-appearance of the Lost Tribes of Israel in the New World spread through the printed word in texts published in London and the Continent during the middle of the century. Religious inclinations of European Christians and Jews, governments with ﬁnancial aspirations, and linguistic misapprehensions make for a fascinating mix of books that tell a story of cultural misunderstanding in an age of exploration and expansion. We will look at books in English, Latin, Dutch, Hebrew, and Native American languages, but only curiosity is required.
About Hands-On Tours
Created especially for visitors who seek an in-depth and focused look at our collection, Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. Depending on the tour, you will have the chance to handle historic items, be it by turning the page of a rare book, testing the weight of a delicate teacup, or reading from a manuscript. Click here for a list of all themes and an up-to-date schedule.
Hands-On Tours are offered almost every Friday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as there are a limited number of spots on each tour and tours without registrants 48 hours in advance will be cancelled. To register, purchase via Eventbrite, call (215)732-1600, ext. 100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any open spots on a tour will become available to drop-in visitors on a ﬁrst-come ﬁrst-served basis at noon on the day of the tour. If you plan to drop-in for a Hands-On Tour, please call (215)732-1600 and dial “0” to conﬁrm that the tour is being offered.