The Folger Shakespeare Library has the world’s largest collection of First Folios, the first publication of Shakespeare’s plays. (They are stored in a huge vault, which is way cool to visit.) It is an organization that provides scholarly resources for academic research, concerts and plays, and education curricula for K-12 teachers. One of its missions—and the one that resonates most with us—is to make Shakespeare relevant to the 21st century.
The First Folios are currently on tour as we celebrate the Wonder of Will, otherwise known as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s life.
I’m on the Board of Governors for the Folger, and the annual black-tie gala was held on April 18. We raised over $400,000 for the Folger and its programs. The kids came along and invited some of their friends as well.
I’m including some photos, including a fabulous shot by the Folger photographer of the Reading Room, which looks like it walked straight out of the 17th century (but with plumbing!)
You can find out more about the Folger at www.folger.edu, and you can find out where you can go see a First Folio on tour at http://www.folger.edu/first-folio-tour.