Follow the First Folio tour! Updates from Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Hawaii, West Virginia, and North Carolina

Photo Credit: Tulane School of Liberal Arts
(Photo Credit: Tulane School of Liberal Arts)

Tulane University welcomed the First Folio to its city earlier this month in true New Orleans style: Dr. Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band led a jazz funeral for Shakespeare, followed by a “second line” procession of people carrying green and white parasols. See more photos from the event on Flickr.

This video is from the band’s “tune-up” performance in April, as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations for Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The First Folio is making its way around the country. Here’s a quick cheat sheet of all the places where you can find our traveling exhibition, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, this month:

  • Kapiʻolani Community College, Honolulu, HI (through May 25)
  • North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC (through May 30)
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (through May 31)
  • Amherst College, Amherst, MA (through May 31)
  • University of Montana, Missoula, MT (through May 31)
  • Museums of Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, WV (through June 12)

Enjoy these social media highlights from First Folio host sites around the country.


North Carolina



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This painting is reading Shakespeare! #GetCaughtReading @Regrann from @wbur – Original editions of a rare book known as Shakespeare’s First Folio are touring sites in the U.S. for the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. They represent something of a Bible or Holy Grail for actors, scholars and fans of the Bard. Amherst College is the only venue in Massachusetts hosting the roving exhibition, titled “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.” “It arrived in what looked like bulletproof cases,” Stephen Fisher, the collections manager at the Mead Museum, described with a laugh. “The folio itself is in its own container. It was armored.” The First Folio is on display at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst College. Hanging on the wall behind is Thomas Dicksee’s “Ophelia.” (Photo: Andrea Shea/WBUR) #Shakespeare #art #ophelia #MeadMuseum #AmherstCollege #firstfolio #book #antique #Regrann

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West Virginia

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#100daysofwheeling: Day 9. Though we are far from being millionaires, we are at Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum on the hunt for the Bard. We heard word one of Shakespeare's First Folios is on loan from Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D. C., and we intend to see it! Published in 1623, the First Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and without which the world may never have been untitled to such beloved plays such as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and The Twelfth Night. Only 233 copies of the First Folio are known to exist today. The Folger Shakespeare Library, with 82 copies, has the world's largest collection. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, a traveling exhibit has been made available through the Folger Library. Count thyselves blessed, good people of Wheeling, for Oglebay's Mansion Museum will the only West Virginia stop a Folger's First Folio will be making on the "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" tour. The First Folio exhibit at the Mansion Museum opens today (May 9), and will be at the museum through June 12. A "History of the Printed Word" exhibit, featuring some amazing items from West Liberty's Elbin Library Rare Books Collection–including a Babylonian clay tablet and a 15th Century Book of Hours–will accompany the First Folio! exhibit. This is a truly amazing opportunity for book lovers and Shakespeare aficionados alike. At Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum at Oglebay Park with the book, "The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's obsessive hunt for Shakespeare's first folio," by Andrea E. Mays. #discoverwheeling #wheelingwv #SHX400 #WillinWV #firstfolio #FolgerShakespeareLibrary #OglebayInstitute #oimuseums #oglebaypark #TheMillionaireAndTheBard #AndreaEMays #WestLibertyUniversity #ElbinLibrary

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Find out where the First Folio tour will be in June, and share the excitement on social media with #SHX400 and #FirstFolio.

Celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare! Share your Shakespeare story by recording a short video and posting to social media using #MySHX400.

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