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Abstract

Between October 2014 and February 2016, Kansas State University partnered with academic, Manhattan city community, and local business organizations to host an exhibit displaying William Shakespeare’s First Folio. University and community organization came together to collaborate and host over 14 programs showcasing the works of William Shakespeare, along with providing educational lectures to the community regarding Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The Libraries were able to secure funding to obtain modern Shakespeare materials, filling in critical humanities collection gaps, along with illustrating modern adaptions of Shakespeare’s works to students. The exhibit was a resounding success, attracting more than 4,000 attendees and more than 2,100 participants in programs related to the folio. The exhibit was enthusiastically embraced by the community, bringing together a collaborative effort to celebrate the humanities and social sciences at a university traditionally focused upon the sciences. This exhibit illustrated the importance of all academic disciplines and provided students and rural community members with a well-rounded educational experience.

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