A champagne toast welcomed the return of the last First Folio to the Folger, completing a national tour in which 18 of the Folger’s 82 First Folios traveled to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, in 2016. This traveling exhibition, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, was a centerpiece of The Wonder… Continue Reading »
Shakespeare’s stories have inspired creative works in almost every genre and medium: countless novels, poems, plays, movies, songs, comic books, paintings and drawings, dances, computer games—the list goes on. And we can trace just about all of it back to a book, a book of about 900 pages. Throughout 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library has been… Continue Reading »
On a typical book tour, authors travel to read from their work, sign copies, and give talks. But what if the author has been dead for 400 years? During 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library has been sending a copy of the First Folio, one of the world’s most important and influential books, to every state,… Continue Reading »
The First Folio tour is coming to an end! These are the last tour stops where the First Folio will be on display, after which the books will be returning home to the Folger Shakespeare Library, where they will join the First Folio! Shakespeare’s American Tour exhibition. This exhibition, which features the most First Folios ever… Continue Reading »
“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… Continue Reading »
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” It may be October, but we’re feeling a little nostalgic for all the places our First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare touring exhibition traveled this summer. See a few social media highlights from the Cleveland Public Library, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Alaska State Libraries,… Continue Reading »
The First Folio continues its national tour celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare in 2016, drawing crowds wherever it goes. Idaho, Iowa, Delaware, Nevada, and Connecticut have all welcomed the Folger Shakespeare Library traveling exhibition, and the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne, WY, is next.
Sword-fighting workshops for kids! Selfies with Shakespeare! The First Folio continues on its tour of the United States during this special 400th anniversary year for Shakespeare. 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: San Diego Public Library with The Old Globe, San Diego,… Continue Reading »
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… Continue Reading »
“If music be the food of love, play on…” At the National Music Museum in South Dakota, Shakespeare’s First Folio is surrounded by musical instruments from the playwright’s era, including the only English-made Renaissance cittern (c. 1579) known to survive today.