Shakespeare and His First Folio

The University of South Carolina Libraries will host the Folger Shakespeare Library’s traveling exhibition, “First Folio!: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare!” from April 14 – April 30th, 2016. South Carolina Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant in February 2016.

Many special events for all ages are planned to take place during the exhibit’s tenure, in partnership with many cultural groups in the state, including Richland Library, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, and the Columbia Museum of Art. USC Libraries is the only entity in South Carolina selected to host this prestigious exhibit, and they will be hosting it over the date that is traditionally celebrated as Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23.

“This is an important opportunity for the university community and for people from across the region to see one of the most important books in the world first hand and to learn about its significance,” said Elizabeth Sudduth, director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at UofSC. “It is a privilege to have been selected to host the traveling exhibition and to have the chance to exhibit related treasures from the collections.”

For more information about the “Shakespeare and His First Folio” project, including a list of special events, visit their website at:

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.