Apply to Host Shakespeare’s 1623 ‘First Folio’ in Traveling Exhibition

Note: The deadline for applications for Shakespeare and His First Folio has been extended to Oct. 24, 2014.

Published just seven years after his death, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies — now known as the “First Folio” — saved for posterity 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including "The Tempest," "Macbeth," "Twelfth Night" and "As You Like It."

In 2016, multiple copies of this original edition, accompanied by six interpretive panels, will tour the nation as the exhibition Shakespeare and His First Folio, providing hundreds of thousands of visitors with a rare opportunity to view this important book in their own community.

The exhibition — part of the international events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death — will bring the 1623 original edition of the playwright’s first published collection to 53 sites: one site in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each location will host the exhibition for four weeks.

This opportunity is open to public, academic and special libraries, small museums, historical societies and other cultural venues. Online applications must be submitted to ALA by Sept. 5, 2014. (UPDATE: The deadline for applications is now Oct. 24, 2014.)

Each host institution must have a suitable space in which to display the First Folio and exhibition and meet environmental and security requirements. (Environmental and security conditions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; all are encouraged to apply. Questions or concerns about these requirements should be directed to Selected sites will be asked to plan several related programs, including an opening event and programs for schoolteachers and families. The tour will launch in January 2016 and continue through the calendar year.

Learn more about Shakespeare and His First Folio, view full guidelines and apply online.

Shakespeare and His First Folio 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.

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