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SPR-SUM 2016

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SPRING 2016 \ PIERCE 19 "First Folio" is a scholarly nickname for what was originally put on sale for about $150 in London. "Folio" refers to the printing format. The project was led by two of Shakespeare's acting buddies from the King 's Men Company. Readers, actors, theatergoers, and scholars owe them a huge debt of gratitude, as Shakespeare's manuscripts have long ago disappeared. About 750 of the editions were painstakingly printed in William Jagger's London shop, and, thanks to the obsessive quest of Henry and Emily Folger in the late 1800s, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington owns 82 of the surviving 233 copies. That makes it a special destination for Shakespeare scholars, and quite a landing spot for a young person just starting her ca- reer in Public History. "Knowing that 82 First Folios, Queen Elizabeth I's Bishops Bible, King Henry VIII's signature, and Walt Whitman's collection of Shakespeare are all just meters below my feet is pretty incredible," admits Cote. Such As We Are Made Of, Such We Be Cote's work thus far is winning her rave reviews from her Folger colleagues. "We really wanted the First Folio to be a catalyst for these larger community celebrations of Shakespeare in each community and state," says Gar- land Scott, Head of External Relations at the Folger. "It was clear to us we needed someone who had a passion for and really understood the humanities and what the humanities can ofer all of us in our everyday lives… and then of course someone who had extraordinary organi- zation skills. Maribeth is clearly the total package." One example of Cote's initiative, Scott says, was to suggest and then oversee a translation of the tour dis- play panels into Spanish. Cote credits her four years at Pierce as being critical to putting her in a position to compete for the Folger job. Fo- cusing on European history, she worked very closely with her professors during her coursework and her internship at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass., and that mentorship has continued after graduation. "They knew me really well," she recalls, "and they pushed me, and pushed me in the right direction, and helped me to be a better professional." Cote's advisor in the department was Dr. Melinda Jetté, who was hired in 2006 to create and lead the Public History program. The pride in Jetté's voice is palpable as she cites the qualities that helped Cote win the plum Folger appointment against stif competition. "Maribeth had that extra edge in that she had a complete portfolio of her work," says Jetté. "She also worked up ideas about what to do for the exhibit programs, and that really made a diference, because nobody else who came for interviews did that, because they hadn't been trained to do that — and that's one of the things we focus on in our program, having the students think on their feet about how they are going to work in real-world situations… I teach the students they have to be able to compete at the highest level, and that they have to be sparkling when they do things. Maribeth was one of the ones able to do that." Cote, a native of Central Massachusetts, knew before she was in high school that she wanted to major in history. The tempestuous Tudor tales of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, came to vivid life for her as a fourth grader through historical fction. A high school class trip to England, where she was able to stand before the tombs of those same queens in Westminster Abbey, sealed the deal. ' Knowing that 82 First Folios, Queen Elizabeth I's Bishops Bible, King Henry VIII's signature … are all just meters below my feet is pretty incredible' Facing page: Maribeth with Prof. Lupinin at Franklin Pierce (top). Maribeth and Puerto Rico Team at Foliomania. This page: Title page with Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library. PREVIOUS SPREAD AND THIS PAGE: JOHN DAVIS. FACING PAGE: COURTESY OF MARIBETH COTE.

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