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By Folger Education

Over the course of 2016 we are bringing the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare to all 50 states, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico. In less than six months this nationwide tour kicks off at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the Sam Noble Museum in Oklahoma, and the University of Oregon. There will be workshops and events for teachers and students in all 52 locations, so check out the list below to find out where and when a First Folio is coming to you.

Wonder of Will First Folio Tour

Host Sites
by state

AK Juneau Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums Jul 26-Aug 24
AL Montgomery Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Oct 1-30
AR Conway University of Central Arkansas with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre Jun 7–Jul 12
AZ Tucson University of Arizona Feb 15-Mar 15
CA San Diego San Diego Public Library with The Old Globe Jun 4-Jul 7
CO Boulder University of Colorado Boulder Aug 8-31
CT Storrs University of Connecticut Sept 2-25
DC Washington Gallaudet University Oct 7-31
DE Newark University of Delaware Aug 30-Sept 25
FL Miami The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museumat Florida International University Feb 1-28
GA Atlanta Emory University Nov 7-Dec 7
HI Honolulu Kapiolani Community College Apr 25-May 25
IA Iowa City The University of Iowa Libraries Aug 29-Sept 25
ID Boise Boise State University Aug 20-Sept 21
IL Wauconda Lake County Discovery Museum Feb 3-28
IN Notre Dame University of Notre Dame Jan 4-29
KS Manhattan Kansas State University Feb 1–28
KY Louisville Frazier History Museum, University of Louisville, and Louisville Free Public Library Nov 10-Dec 10
LA New Orleans Tulane University May 9-31
MA Amherst Amherst College May 9-31
MD Annapolis St. John’s College Nov 1-Dec 4
ME Portland Portland Public Library Mar 4-Apr 3
MI Detroit Wayne State University Mar 7-Apr 3
MN Duluth University of Minnesota Duluth Oct 3-26
MO Kansas City Kansas City Public Library Jun 6-28
MS Oxford University of Mississippi Apr 11-May 1
MT Missoula University of Montana May 9-31
NC Raleigh North Carolina Museum of History May 7-30
ND Bismark State Historical Society of North Dakota Jul 5-31
NE Omaha The Durham Museum Apr 9-May 1
NH Manchester Currier Museum of Art Apr 9-May 1
NJ Madison Drew University & theShakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Oct 3-31
NM Santa Fe New Mexico Museum of Art Feb 5-28
NV Reno Nevada Museum of Art Sept 1-29
NY New York New-York Historical Society Jun 7-Jul 17
OH Cleveland Cleveland Public Library Jun 20-Jul 30
OK Norman The Sam Noble Museum Jan 4-31
OR Eugene University of Oregon Jan 5-Feb 7
PA Elizabethtown Elizabethtown College Nov 8-Dec 5
PR Turabo Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos Mar 7-Apr 3
RI Providence Brown University Apr 11-May 1
SC Columbia University of South Carolina Libraries Apr 11-May 1
SD Vermillion University of South Dakota and theNational Music Museum Mar 7-Apr 3
TN Nashville The Parthenon Nov 10-Jan 2
TX College Station Texas A&M University Mar 7-Apr 3
UT Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Public Library Oct 8-31
VA Charlottesville University of Virginia Oct 1-26
VT Middlebury Middlebury College Feb 1-28
WA Seattle The Seattle Public Library Mar 21-Apr 17
WI Madison University of Wisconsin – Madison Nov 3-Dec 11
WV Wheeling Museums of Oglebay Institute May 9-Jun 12
WY Cheyenne Wyoming State Museum Sept 7-30

The First Folio! tour is part of a greater celebration in 2016 of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. At the Folger we are calling this celebration the Wonder of Will, and we hope you will join us for the festivities.

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By Corinne Viglietta

TSI2014 participants create "folios". (Photo: James Brantley)

Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2014 participants create “folios”. (Photo: James Brantley)

Last week, Mike LoMonico shared big news about the national tour of First Folios from the Folger vault. Now that you know where the Folio will be in your state, we’re sure you’re dreaming up all kinds of fabulous field trips. (I can’t wait to follow a First Folio from here in DC to my beautiful hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia!) Until then, why not get (even more) excited and ready for 2016 by exploring some of these online resources?

TEACHING IDEA: Using quartos and folios in the classroom doesn’t have to mean a lecture with slides that tell the printing history of Shakespeare’s plays (though that history is wonderfully fascinating!). Try using textual variants—different versions of the same play—to spark student inquiry and analysis. In this blast from our blogging past, English teacher and Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum Sarah Lehn explains how her students question and compare language in quarto and folio versions of Hamlet—a close reading activity that works with a host of other plays, including King Lear and Romeo and Juliet.

INFO AND IMAGES: Every folio has a story. Visit Folgerpedia, a new wiki of all things Folger, for the story of the First Folio on display in the Great Hall at the Folger in Washington, DC.

PODCAST: Last November, French librarians found a “new” First Folio, taking the worldwide count of known First Folios to 233. (Folger has 82 of these.) In this podcast from the Library’s Shakespeare Unlimited series, the expert who authenticated the French discovery, Professor Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada at Reno, discusses what makes the First Folio such an alluring and important book.

YOU, OUR COLLEAGUES: Do you use the First Folio in your classroom? If so, tell us! Leave a comment below or send me an email at cviglietta@folger.edu.

 

Corinne Viglietta is Assistant Director of Education at the Folger. She has taught English in DC, Maryland, and France.

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By Michael LoMonico

The First Folio

The First Folio (Photo: Luna)

One week ago, we announced the selected cities for the Traveling Tour of First Folios, and it was immediately posted on Facebook. Within a few days, there were nearly 200 comments. We were amazed at the ecstatic reactions. Here are some of the best:

  • Finally, I’ll get to see one. It’s been on my bucket list for some time. Love Shakespeare. 
  • Man, I have to go 100+ miles to see it? So be it.
  • I’ll have to go to Providence RI to see it – it’s so close! What an experience & privilege! 
  • Let’s go together when it comes! 
  • Yay! I can’t wait to for it to come to CLE!! 
  • Road trip to Detroit! My old stomping grounds: Wayne State, Detroit Institute of Art and Detroit Public Library. Wonder when folio will be there?? 
  • It’s coming to little ol’ nowhere Vermillion, SD! 
  • When are we going? FIELD TRIP! 
  • Madison Wisconsin!!!! 
  • Close enough to home-Norman, OK 
  • This elicited a gasp from me that caused everyone in the room to look up! Go KC! 
  • Wonder of wonders, the Cleveland Public Library will get a visit. 
  • Woo hoo! San Diego! 
  • Yet another reason to relocate to Tucson by next year! 
  • It’s time to plan a 2016 road trip 
  • Kansas City yes!!! 
  • Cool, maybe I will go see it in Boulder! 
  • Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa. Is very convenient from where I live. 
  • Know you are excited that it is coming to Raleigh! 
  • Yay! If I can make it out there, I’ll visit the Folio in Amherst! What a pleasure! I have a facsimile copy, but seeing the real thing is a dream. I hope it has an aroma. 
  • I heard 2016 in San Diego. Very exciting. 
  • The Parthenon will be the perfect venue in Nashville, with Athena’s gratitude. 
  • Wilmington is one of the cities scheduled. Yay. 
  • Conway AR!!! Yeah! 
  • So excited a First Folio will be coming to Emory’s Carlos Museum in Atlanta! 
  • Kansas City Public Library: Hooray!!! 
  • Thank you for bringing Shakespeare to Reno! So excited! 
  • Road trip to Kansas City, anybody? 
  • Yea!!!! Within two hours drive…TWICE!!!! 
  • It’s coming to Nashville! 
  • Why, yes, it will. Iowa City: UNESCO Creative City of Literature. 
  • OU gets another reason for visiting the campus!
  • South Bend. I can do that! 
  • You will be able to see this at the public library in San Diego and we get it in Seattle. Don’t know dates yet. 
  • Yippee! I wonder how many copies I will get to see. 
  • Glad this will be at the Art Museum here in Santa Fe. Also at the DIA in Detroit.

And then there were comments from the disappointed:

  • Really? Texas A&M?! Why not UT Austin or SMU?  Guess it’s time for a trip to Aggie Land! 
  • No! Our city will only get a can of Folger’s coffee. 
  • No Chicago? No St Louis? Libertyville, Il? 
  • Madison, WI; Why not Milwaukee, as well? 
  • I was hoping for Tampa Bay Area. 
  • Too bad upstate New York isn’t on their list
  • Man I wish it was coming to grand Rapids not Detroit 
  • Congrats, San Diego PL! San Francisco is already home to a First Folio, so we’re not as disappointed as we might be.

The dates for the stops on the Folio Tour have not yet been set, but we’ll let you know when they are. Meanwhile, Folger Education is preparing some excellent workshops and resources to accompany the Folios. We’re looking forward to coming to your state in 2016.

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Hamlet. First Folio. Courtesy Folger Shakespeare Library.

Hamlet. First Folio. Courtesy Folger Shakespeare Library.

By Sara Lehn

“Stand, who is that?”
“Tis I.”

“Who’s there?”
“Nay, answer me.  Stand and unfold yourself.”

What’s the difference between the two exchanges above?  Either not much or quite a lot, depending on your perspective.  Both indicate two people looking to identify each other.  Therefore, both imply a certain level of curiosity or suspicion, as well as the likelihood that they cannot see each other very well.

Both are the opening lines of Hamlet.

The first set of lines comes from the 1603 Quarto of the play.  The second set of lines comes from the 1604 Quarto, and is the one that appears in the First Folio. The second quarto is commonly considered the more authoritative version of the play.

In talking to some of my fellow teachers, I found that, while most were aware that there are quarto and folio versions of the plays, few had considered using the differences between them as a teaching tool.  Personally, it wasn’t until my time at the 2012 Teaching Shakespeare Institute, when I was able to hear a talk by Dr. Barbara Mowat, co-editor of the Folger Editions, that I really saw the worth of these different versions in the secondary classroom.

English teachers across the United States are feeling the pressure of the Common Core and are searching out techniques and tools to address standards such as RL.11-12.4, which asks students to “determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.”

Many students find this kind of sophisticated close reading difficult, but by providing them with two different possibilities for just a small section of the play, students are able to see how even the tiniest change in diction can affect layers of nuance in the overall impact of the lines. (more…)

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First Folio on display in the Exhibition Hall at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

First Folio on display in the Exhibition Hall at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Just how important is the First Folio? Well, the First Folio is the only source for eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and As You Like It, all of which would otherwise have been lost.

Imagine taking your students to see one of these books! The Folger holds 82 copies of the First Folio, about a third of those still in existence, and by far the largest collection in the world. If you happen to be teaching in the DC area, it’s not too difficult to arrange a class trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library.

But for those teachers in other parts of America, we have something for you to look forward to. In 2016, we’ll be taking the First Folio on the road – to every state in the U.S.

Encourage your local institutions to apply to host a First Folio! This opportunity is open to public, academic, and special libraries; small museums; historical societies; and other cultural venues. Online applications must be submitted by October 24.

This traveling exhibition is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC). The tour is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Learn more at https://apply.ala.org/shakespeare.

 

 

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Looking for something epic to do this summer?

Gather up your family and friends! Join us for Folger’s Shakespeare Summer Adventure!

This summer, the Great Hall is closed for renovation. That means Folger is offering several smaller exhibits for families and friends to enjoy.

Nelson Mandela served 18 years as a political prisoner at Robben Island, a prison off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. While there, another prisoner smuggled in a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Mandela and 33 of his fellow prisoners read the book and signed their names (often with notes) in this book. For the first time, this volume is on display in the United States—at Folger Shakespeare Library. Come visit the book, along with a series of sketches Mandela made in the early 2000s, reflecting on his prison life.

Down the hall from your South Africa experience is the world of Shakespeare and the Folgers. See the First Folio, printed in 1623 and hailed by Mr. Folger as one of the most important books ever printed. Without the First Folio, half of Shakespeare’s works would have been lost to us. Thanks to our touch-screen kiosk, you can page through Romeo and Juliet and see the lines as they were printed just seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Along with the First Folio, see items of particular importance to the Folgers, including a bracelet made from famed American actor Edwin Booth’s hair.

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What was theatre like in Shakespeare’s time? Find the answer in our Elizabethan Theatre. The carved wooden panels and Tudor look will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. Then take a look in the Shakespeare Gallery to see what it might have looked like to prepare the Globe for a production. You can also watch a video exploring the impact of Shakespeare and his works on students, actors, experts, and more.

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We know you are working to make Shakespeare come alive in your classrooms—we invite you to see him come alive at Folger Shakespeare Library!

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