Where the First Folio tour went in October: Highlights from Alabama, Minnesota, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, and Washington DC

“To see or not to see… is there really any question?” Excited selfies with the First Folio continue to crop up on social media as the Folger’s nationwide tour, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, wraps up its final months on the road.

In October the First Folio tour traveled to the following places:

  • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • Drew University and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison, NJ
  • Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, is the world’s only university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students. To accompany the First Folio, the university created a special exhibition, “Eyes on Shakespeare,” about Shakespeare and sign language, celebrating the unique contributions deaf theater artists have made to Shakespeare performance. Listen to an interview with Jill Bradbury, one of the exhibition curators, on the Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

Enjoy social media highlights from the First Folio tour stops in October:

Montgomery, Alabama

Duluth, Minnesota

Madison, New Jersey


Salt Lake City, Utah


Charlottesville, Virginia

Washington, DC


Here’s where the First Folio tour is this month:

  • Nov 1 – Dec 4:  St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
  • Nov 3 – Dec 11:  University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
  • Nov 5 – Dec 11:  Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Nov 8 – Dec 5:  Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
  • Nov 10 – Dec 10: Frazier History Museum, University of Louisville, and Louisville Free Public Library,  Louisville, KY
  • Nov 10 – Jan 8, 2017: The Parthenon, Nashville, TN

All these First Folios will be returning to the Folger for a special exhibition celebrating the national tour. First Folio! Shakespeare’s American Tour will be the largest ever display of First Folios in a single venue. Experience these beloved books together again, learn about their unique attributes and the overwhelming relevance of the plays they include, and hear the stories of the half million people they met on the road. The exhibition opens Nov 19.

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  • It is so WONDERFUL to see/read about the excitement generated by this tour. Bravo, Folger Shakespeare Library, for this inspired, inspiring project!

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