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Following the Scotts: A History and Mystery Exhibition and Presentation by Perry Hurt, NC Museum of Ar

On September 25, participants enjoyed a delightful English tea, a lecture, and a special tour of the early British Renaissance portraits exhibit at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh.

As Perry Hurt, Associate Paintings Conservator, explained, seven of the NCMA's portraits descend from the Scott family of Kent, UK, and include the probable portrait of Sir John Scott (1564-1616), family patriarch, Knight, Member of Parliament and a very well-connected man of his day. After nearly six years of study they know much more about Scott, his extended family, the paintings, and their place in history along with Elizabeth I, James I, the Spanish Armada, colonization of North America, and more. September 25 marks the 400th anniversary of Sir John Scott's death, an appropriate day to remember an interesting man who lived in interesting times.


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First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

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Shakespeare's First Folio, 1623

On Friday, May 6, 2016, the ESU Research Triangle Branch hosted a gala exhibit preview and private cocktail reception at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The evening was a grand celebration of the opening of the exhibit of a 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, on national tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The First Folio contains 36 of Shakespeare's plays—18 of which had never been published previously—and as such is one of the most influential books in history. Without the First Folio, "Macbeth," "Julius Caesar," "Twelfth Night," "The Tempest," and "As You Like It" would have been lost to history.


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Shakespeare at Governors' Club

An Evening Devoted to Shakespeare
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Invited by the Governor's Club Arts society, Branch president Francine Netter Roberson introduced the ESU and its mission, and the exciting visit of Shakespeare's First Folio coming in May 2016 to the North Carolina Museum of History. Michelle McGoogan, Branch winner, 2015 National Shakespeare Competition, won over the audience with a recitation of her competition performance. Dr. Mary Floyd-Wilson, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, UNC College of Arts & Sciences provided a comparative analysis across a number of plays and speeches.

Francine Netter Roberson, Branch President; Michelle McGoogan, 2015 Shakespeare Competition winner; Dr. Mary Floyd-Wilson, Prof. of English at UNC; Koko Marie Thornton, Theater teacher Enloe HS; Matt Arnold, Arts Society host at Governors' Club


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Welcome Message from the Research Triangle Branch President

Dear Members and Friends:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Branch of the English Speaking Union, I am pleased to welcome you to another wonderful season of fellowship, fun and learning. The Board has a full and exciting schedule planned for the coming months, and we invite you to join or renew your membership for another year. Your membership dues and donations are tax deductible and go toward support of our programs, and allow us to provide support for area high-school students participation in the popular Shakespeare Competition. Take a look at our News and Events page for the schedule of activities planned for the coming year.

Kindest regards,
Betsy K. Moye
Research Triangle Branch ESUUS


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