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Come see a First Folio — the book that gave us Shakespeare — and explore how some stories are preserved while others are lost.

Pass the Story On: Shakespeare’s First Folio at 400 looks beyond Shakespeare’s legacy as one of the world’s best-known writers to connect Shakespeare’s friends’ efforts to preserve the memory of his work with today’s efforts to preserve stories of D.C.’s Go-Go and Punk scenes.

Come explore whose memories are preserved and how we make sure their stories endure. Come explore the works of artists from the distant and recent past. And then share your story.

About the Searching for Shakespeare festival

This exhibit is part of Searching for Shakespeare: Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare’s First Folio, a citywide festival, free and open to all, during April 2023, in partnership with The Folger Shakespeare Library.

The Searching for Shakespeare festival includes an exhibition, a world-premiere play, a citywide scavenger hunt, Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture, family programs, workshops, and more at DC Public Library locations in all eight wards of Washington, DC. The following branches are participating in the festival:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
  • Anacostia Neighborhood Library
  • Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Neighborhood Library
  • Lamond Riggs Neighborhood Library
  • Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
  • Petworth Neighborhood Library
  • West End Neighborhood Library
  • Southwest Neighborhood Library
  • Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

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