About This Site
This website was developed as both a lasting online resource and a companion project for Shakespeare in American Life, a radio documentary produced by Richard Paul and narrated by Sam Waterston, airing on Public Radio International (PRI) stations beginning in April 2007. The project also benefited greatly from the 2007 Folger Shakespeare in American Life exhibition and related catalog, curated and edited by Alden and Virginia Vaughan with the assistance of Rachel Doggett, the then-curator of books and exhibitions, Librarian Richard Kuhta, and Virginia Millington, exhibitions coordinator.
The website was made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities: “great ideas brought to life”; the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art; The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund; and The Mosaic Foundation (of Rita & Peter Heydon). The documentary and this site have also been designated a “We the People” project by the NEH as part of its initiative to advance American history and culture.
In collaboration with Swim Design Consultants of Kensington, Maryland, who designed and developed the site, Folger Shakespeare Library launched this site on March 30, 2007. Garland Scott, head of external relations, led the website project for Folger Shakespeare Library. Funding for the site was obtained through the work of Essence Newhoff, director of major gifts. The many images of objects from the Folger collection were provided by the great efforts of Julie Ainsworth, head of photography and digital imaging. Esther Ferington, a freelance editor and writer, outlined and developed the site and was the principal content developer. Jane Martin, a freelance photo editor, researched, obtained, and negotiated use for the non-Folger images in this site.
Please consult the list at left for more information about the many contributions by Folger staff, other institutions which provided research assistance, and the website’s photographs and commissioned artwork, video and audio content, and web design and programming.
The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund
The Mosaic Foundation (of Rita & Peter Heydon)