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Shakespeare Book Display at National Music Museum

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- The monthlong exhibition for a rare 1623 book of William Shakespeare plays opens Monday at the National Music Museum on the University of South Dakota campus.

The First Folio will be on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, March 7-April 2 next to musical instruments from that era, the only stop in the state for the presentation marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Admission is free.

The opening reception and welcome from Lee Ann Roripaugh, South Dakota’s poet laureate, will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, which will include a visit by the South Dakota Department of Tourism’s Rushmore mascots and a Shakespeare character. Details of numerous other events, videos on the significance of Shakespeare and the folio and other information can be found at

The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is sponsoring the “First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare” tour to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. It was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the generous support of and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf. Learn more at


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News