Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily wanted to create a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. capital. This exhibition shows how Henry, and after his death, his wife Emily, worked with architect Paul Philippe Cret to create a marble building that looks like a book, speaking to the hope that Washington DC would become the cultural center it is today.
Just like today, getting food from farm to table in the early modern British world was hard work. First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of British and American farms, plantations, kitchens, and markets through historic manuscripts, books, and artifacts.
A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. Compelling materials from Cambridge’s Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill’s home Chartwell, and the Folger collection show the man himself and trace Shakespeare’s influence on his speeches and ideas.
Dive deep into one of the world’s greatest technologies—the book. Discover a history beyond what’s printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship, and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel. Curated by the Folger's head of conservation, Genius of the Book shows the Folger collection from a completely different perspective.
The Folger exhibition Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare shows how images in early modern books are as full of meaning as the text they illustrate. Explore portraits, views of daily life, maps, and more in richly varied 15th to 18th century works from the Folger collection, many rarely shown works.