Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Modifed trade card of a combination steam and sail boat, Kaplan Collection.
Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555-1890:
The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica
On exhibit February 18 - June 9, 2014
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
The Kaplan Collection, donated to Penn in November 2012, is considered the most important private collection of its kind. It consists of over 11,000 individual items that document an astonishingly broad range of commercial, social, religious, political, and cultural ties that connected Jews and the general public from the colonial era through the onset of mass migration at the end of the nineteenth century. This exhibition, mounted in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History, features a treasure trove of representative examples of Jewish life around the Atlantic.
Symposium - February 18, 2014, 9:30 AM-5:45 PM
Please join us for a one day symposium, inspired by the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica, being held at the Penn Libraries. This symposium is free and open to the public and while reservations are not required, they are always appreciated. To view the symposium schedule.
Companion Volume to the Exhibition
A companion to the 2014 exhibition of highlights from the Kaplan Collection, including five scholarly essays that respond to and illuminate the selections of curator and editor Arthur Kiron. With a prologue by the collector, an introduction by the curator, an exhibition checklist, and a bibliography, it is a valuable introduction to the collection. Edited by Arthur Kiron; preface by Beth S. Wenger; prologue by Arnold H. Kaplan; and essays by Dianne Ashton, Aviva Ben-Ur, Arthur Kiron, Adam Mendelsohn, and Jonathan D. Sarna. 192 pages, full color. Available for purchase here.

Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
For further information (215.898.2520 or contact Nancy Gulsoy at gulsoy@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)