The TCLC Educational Development Committee invites you to join us for the 2015 Spring Tour to the FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY in Washington, DC:
The Folger Shakespeare Library is a wonder, both inside and out. The white marble architecture is adorned with bas reliefs and inscriptions selected by its founder Henry Folger. Gardens and outdoor art surround this historic building which opened in 1932, located just a block from the US Capitol. The Folger Library is home to 82 of Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folios, as well as beautiful works of art, early manuscripts and quartos of plays from Elizabethan times. It is the largest repository of Shakespeare’s written works in the world. Rare publications from the early modern period (1500-1750) are also part of this unique collection and include books by John Donne, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman.
Our morning begins begin with a Collections Tour of special items chosen specifically for our group. Next will be a docent-led tour of the Exhibition Hall, the reading rooms and their Elizabethan Theater. A look at the current exhibit, The First Folio, a discussion of the collection, an overview of the history of the library and more promise to make this TCLC tour a memorable visit. Lunch is on your own at any of the nearby restaurants. Later, explore the Folger as your interests dictate until 3:45 p.m. when we will board the bus for the return trip to Rosemont. Snacks will be served on the bus.