The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.050 Monday, 15 February 2016
Date: February 15, 2016 at 11:32:46 AM EST
Subject: Shakespeare Festivities in Santa Fe, Washington, and New York
In commemoration of Shakespeare 400, a global celebration of the playwright's life and work, the Shakespeare Guild is pleased to announce three upcoming engagements: one in Santa Fe, a second in Washington, and a third in New York. We'd love to welcome you to any of these events that prove convenient, and we encourage you to share this information with others who might find it of interest.
Stephen Grant, Author of
A Biography of the Folgers
Friday, February 19, at 2:00 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe
Admission Free, Open to the Public
Many people are astonished to learn that the world’s largest repository of original Shakespearean printings is to be found, not in Stratford, and not in London, but two blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington. How this came to be is the subject of a fascinating book by Stephen H. Grant, who tells the moving story of Henry and Emily Folger, a couple who married in 1885 and dedicated the rest of their lives to Collecting Shakespeare. Mr. Folger was a close associate of John D. Rockefeller, and he eventually rose to the helm of the Standard Oil Company of New York. But the passion that most deeply possessed this quiet, unassuming executive and his devoted partner was not to become widely known till April 23, 1932, when President Hoover presided over a ceremony at which the Folger Shakespeare Library was presented to the American people. Copies of Mr. Grant’s volume about the Folgers and their extraordinary legacy will be on hand for purchase and inscription.
Diana Owen, Director of the
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Tuesday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m.
Woman's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW in DC
Luncheon, $30; Program Only, $10
Peggy O'Brien, Educator at the
Folger Shakespeare Library
Wednesday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
Admission Free, Open to the Public
Continuing our focus on those who are guiding this year’s international Shakespeare 400 festivities, we’ll chat with Peggy O’Brien, who oversaw the Folger’s outreach to teachers and students during the 1980s and published an acclaimed Shakespeare Set Free series with Simon and Schuster. Building on her work at the Library, Dr. O’ Brien proceeded to a key role as Director of Educational Programs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. From there she moved to posts with the National Cable and Telecommunications Foundation and the D.C. Public Schools before returning to the Folger in 2013 as Director of Education. Fittingly, our dialogue with Dr. O’Brien will take place in a club whose early members included Henry and Emily Folger. It housed the original Shakespeare Association of America, and that society’s Bulletin evolved into Shakespeare Quarterly, a journal whose editorial operations have long been administered by the institution the Folgers founded in Washington.
See www.shakesguild.org/events.html and click on the blue links for additional detail, not only about the Speaking of Shakespeare conversations enumerated above, but about upcoming programs with Ralph Cohen, Kiernan Ryan, and Peter Holland. You’ll also fiind information there about additional Guild highlights, among them a festive Gielgud Award presentation that took place in October at London’s venerable Guildhall.
John F Andrews, President
The Shakespeare Guild
14 Via San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506