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KSU To Host National Shakespeare Exhibit

staff - April 26, 2015 9:31 am

An engraving of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout, 1623, courtesy of Shakespeare First Folio, 1623, Folger Shakespeare Library.

An engraving of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout, 1623, courtesy of Shakespeare First Folio, 1623, Folger Shakespeare Library.

To be in Kansas. Not to be: Anywhere else but Kansas State University in Manhattan.

The question: When will “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, be on campus?

That question has been answered with the date set for the exhibition, which is based on one of the world’s most treasured books. Organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, the exhibition will stop once in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in 2016. Kansas State University was selected as the Kansas site.

While at the university in February 2016, the English department will co-host the exhibition in partnership with K-State Libraries and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Other campus and community partners also are assisting.

“The sponsoring departments and organizations are meeting this spring to begin planning the monthlong program of events to celebrate the First Folio’s visit to Kansas,” said Karin Westman, department head of English. “Additional information will be available in early fall as well as through social media venues for the English department, K-State Libraries and the Beach Museum.”

A wide range of outreach activities for the campus and local community will be planned, said Don Hedrick, professor of English and expert in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama who initiated the collaboration necessary for the university’s successful selection as an exhibition host site.

“First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of Google. org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf. Opportunities are available to sponsor this major exhibition and the Folger’s other Wonder of Will programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Learn more at http://www.folger.edu.

The following is more information about the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” national sponsors and partners. More information also is available at http://bit.ly/1Phpfqb.



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