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From lifting marble slabs weighing thousands of pounds to digging out the excavation site, the Folger building renovation project is well underway—and laying the groundwork for its next steps, too.

Although the renovation work inside the Folger building is largely out of view, it's proceeding just as vigorously as the work outdoors.

After more than a year of preparation, a massive tree just moved 100 feet across the Folger landscape, marking the start of a building renovation that will add exhibition galleries, collaborative research spaces, and more.

Restoration work on the bas reliefs

The Folger’s exterior façade underwent restoration because the soft Georgia marble used in the construction of the Folger 88 years ago was showing signs of severe weathering. 

Michael Wiltmore. Photo by Chris Hartlove

Folger Director Michael Witmore writes about appreciation for and stewardship of the Folger Shakespeare Library's historic building.

Teacher Alexa Bernard (right) with her students at the 2018 Cornerstones Festival at the Folger. Photo by Teresa Wood.

The DCPS-Folger Romeo and Juliet curriculum and the DCPS-Folger Hamlet curriculum are used in nearly every ninth or tenth grade classroom, in every DCPS high school. 

Both familiar and eerily different, the Folger's landmark production of Macbeth — a 17th-century adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy — offers new ideas for scholarly research and modern performance.

Illustration by Sherrill Cooper

Without benefit of online dating and wedding planners, how did people come together and wed in early modern England?

UNESCO has given 90 documents (six of them at the Folger) the same cultural status as the Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible.

Explore the Folger’s Elizabethan Garden, a place for reflection inspired in part by herbal references in Shakespeare’s plays.

Photo by Tracy Russo

A Folger community engagement initiative has spurred thoughtful conversations about race and religion with Shakespeare at the center.

A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama (EMED, for short) is a large, searchable digital resource on the hundreds of commercial plays by the other authors of Shakespeare’s time.

Highlights from the 2018 Shakespeare's Birthday Open House

See photos from the Folger's celebration of Shakespeare’s 454th birthday at its annual open house.