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


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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