The Folger Shakespeare Library is sharing their First Folios with all 50 states in the USA, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico
The First Folio will be coming to New Mexico in February, 2015, and will be displayed at the New Mexico Museum of Art, near the Plaza in Santa Fe!
The Folger Shakespeare Library, along with the support of the American Library Association, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, will be sending First Folios out across the United States and to Puerto Rico from the Folger's Washington, DC, home base. The Folger Library web site has information about the Folger First Folio Tour, which shows locations and dates, and you can enter an address or view the full list to find a Folio near you. (The Folger's home web site is here.)
There are many exciting events surrounding the arrival in New Mexico of one of the First Folios. These folio collections contain thirty-six of the plays in the Shakespearean canon and include a dedication to "the great Variety of Readers." New Mexico proudly has a great variety of people, and many of us consider ourselves a part of that great variety of readers! The exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art is titled "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare." See the museum's web site at: <NMartmuseum.org/shakespeare/> . The rumor is that the First Folio will be opened to the page that has Hamlet's famous question: "To be, or not to be . . ."
For more information about the First Folio and the evolving events happening in New Mexico, see the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe web site: <InternationalShakespeare.Center>. The opening night reception in Santa Fe is on February 5, starting at 5:30 P.M. at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Avenue, and it is free. It definitely will be the place to be. See you there!