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A Decade at the Folger

Notable Events from 2000-2010

The past ten years have included innovation, royalty, and international headlines. Here are a few highlights from the last decade.


2000: New Decade, New Building
The Wyatt R. and Susan N. Haskell Center for Education and Public Programs opens at 301 East Capitol Street. The move frees up space on the third floor for the construction of a new conservation laboratory.


Folger Education wins the Washington, DC, Mayor's Art Award.


2001: The Folger Collection Goes Viral

50,000 records of English books printed between 1475 and 1700 become available  through the Folger's online catalog, Hamnet. By the end of the decade, the public can view more than 35,000 images from the Folger collection online.


2002: New Faces

After Werner Gundersheimer retires as director, then professor of English at George Washington University and editor of Shakespeare Quarterly Gail Kern Paster succeeds him as the Folger's next director.


2003: A Tribute to the Tudors

In 2003, the Folger marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth I with the production of Elizabeth the Queen and corresponding events. In 2010, the Folger commemorates the 500th anniversary of the accession of her father Henry VIII with the highly-acclaimed production of Henry VIII and the exhibition Vivat Rex!.


2004: The Vault Gets an Update
A massive re-waterproofing—inside and out—of the Folger vault is completed without the library having to ever close. During the eighteen-month project, more than 400,000 items in the collection—the equivalent of 5.5 miles of library materials—are moved and reshelved more than seven times.

2005: God Save the Prince and Duchess

Charles, prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, visit the Folger, attending a Folger Education workshop with local public school children.


Dedication of the Babette Craven Art Vault.


2006: Measure Up

Folger Theatre's Measure for Measure plays to SRO houses at the Folger and goes on to receive the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play.


2007: Happy 75th Anniversary!

The Folger celebrates its 75th anniversary with the exhibition Shakespeare in American Life, a public radio documentary,  and many related events, including a collaboration between the Folger Consort and esteemed actors Lynn Redgrave, Richard Clifford, and Sir Dereck Jacobi in The Fairy Queen—Henry Purcell's magical work inspired by Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.


The Folger inaugurates its first undergraduate research seminar with eight George Washington University students.


2008: A Stolen First Folio

The Folger assists in the recovery of a missing First Folio of Shakespeare's works. The book had been stolen ten years before from Durham University.


Onstage, magician Teller joins Aaron Posner to co-direct a visionary "horror show" Macbeth at Folger Theatre. The production is filmed and becomes the first Folger Edition to have a companion DVD with educational special features.


Shakespeare Quartos Archive launches online.


2009: A Final Debut
Lynn Redgrave debuts her final theatrical performance, Rachel and Juliet , here at the Folger.


The same year, our acclaimed Children's Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 30th year of pint-sized Lady Macbeths, Pucks, and Petruchios on the Folger stage and students in grades 3–6 make Shakespeares language their own.


2010: Publishing Firsts and Finales
The final title in the Folger Editions, The Two Noble Kinsmen, is published. The series of over 40 titles is the most popular Shakespeare text in American classrooms.


Meanwhile, Shakespeare Quarterly breaks new scholary ground with the publication of its first issue produced with an open online peer review.


Folger Institute celebrates its 40th year of programs for the scholarly community.

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall receive Infinite Variety: Exploring the Folger

Derek Jacobi, Lynn Redgrave, and Richard Clifford, The Fairy Queen rehearsal, Folger Consort, 2007

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