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August 2013


A Book Behind Bars: The Robben Island Shakespeare  EXTENDED

May 25–October 2, 2013
10am Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Shakespeare Library

A copy of the complete works of Shakespeare signed by ANC prisoners at South Africa’s notorious Robben Island prison in the 1970s, including Nelson Mandela. On exhibit for the first time in the US.

Tickets: FREE



The Folgers Our Founders  

May 30–September 29, 2013
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Founders Room

Explore the collecting history of founders Henry and Emily Folger through highlights from their early purchases. Shakespearean items include a 1632 Second Folio censored by the Spanish Inquisition, the first known manuscript of a Shakespeare play, and a bracelet braided from the hair of American Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth. The Folgers’ collecting extended beyond Shakespeare to his world; highlights include the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements and a handwritten letter from Elizabeth I to James IV of Scotland.

Tickets: FREE


Family Program

Shake Up Your Saturdays! Fun at the Folger  

August 3, 2013    10am–11am
August 3, 2013    10am–11am
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

These family workshops provide a morning of history, activity, performance, and fun! Explore the historic Folger Shakespeare Library and learn about Elizabethan life and theatre. What did the world look like when Shakespeare wrote his plays? Come find out!

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Waitlist has been started for August 3. Registrants will be notified of availability the week of July 21.

Ages: 6 — 12

Tickets: Free


Special Event

New Bownde, pre–conference workshop: Digitizing bindings with omnimulti–directional lighting (Mini–dome)  

August 14, 2013    10am–Noon
August 14, 2013    1:30pm–4:30pm
Folger Board Room

Dr. Lieve Watteeuw (Illuminare, Centre for the Study of Medieval Arts, KU Leuven, Belgium) and Dr. Hendrik Hameeuw (Ancient Near Eastern Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium) demonstrate the Mini-dome, an innovative digital imaging tool for researching, studying, and exploring material characteristics of library materials produced in medieval and early modern times.

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Tickets: Free


Special Event

New Bownde: New Scholarship in Early Modern Binding


August 15–16, 2013    9am–6:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

A two-day international conference exploring new tools for the study of English and Continental bookbinding. 15 scholars from seven countries are sharing new scholarship in the materiality of the book as well as new tools and instruments for the study of early modern bindings.

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Tickets: $100.00


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