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Upcoming Folger Shakespeare Library Guided Tour

Tuesday, September 15th, at 11:00 AM

The AAFSW cordially invites you to join us on for a guided tour to one of the most illustrious buildings in Washington DC. The Folger Shakespeare Library is an inspiring and unique place that possess one of the largest collections of Shakespeare’s printed works. It also holds the world’s third largest collection of English books of the period 1475-1700, as well as manuscripts from Elizabeth I, John Donne, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman.


The love that Henry and Emily Folger had for Shakespeare inspired them to found a library in Washington DC to host their large collection of Shakespeare’s works. The main Folger building was designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret. The exterior of the building is designed in neoclassical style and the inside in a Tudor style. It was first open to the public on April 1932. The Folger Shakespeare Library is a place where you are able to enjoy excellent performing arts, theater, poetry, concerts, exhibitions, and lectures.

The tour will include the Exhibition Hall with the current exhibit, “Age of Lawyers: Root of American Law in Shakespeare’s Britain”; Shakespeare’s famous First Folio; a discussion of the collection; a history of the Library; and the Elizabethan Theatre (if open to the public). We will meet in the lobby and we will start promptly at 11:30 am. The tour will last approximately one hour, after which you are welcome to stay and explore the exhibition on your own.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, 201 “E” Capitol Street SE Washington, DC (Between 3rd St NE/3rd St SE and 2nd St NE/2nd St SE).

The closest station to the library is the Capitol South Metro Station on the Orange, Silver, and Blue metro lines. The closest public parking is at Union Station.

RSVP by Friday, September 11 to office@aafsw.org or call 703-820-5420. There is no cost for this program.

We look forward to seeing you.

Sheila Switzer
AAFSW Program Chair