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 usd.edu/shakespeare.
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 Google.org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf. Learn more at folger.edu.