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About Shakespeare's Birthplace America

Building lifelong connections between Americans and the home of William Shakespeare

There is a long and proud history of connection between American visitors and Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Formed under an Act of Parliament in 1847, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust now cares for all five of the Shakespeare family homes located in Stratford-upon-Avon. The very first name in the visitor book for Shakespeare’s Birthplace is TH Perkins from Boston, Massachusetts, who visited in 1812. Visitors have included Presidents Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as many great American writers and actors. Today,  over 250,000 visitors a year come from the US to discover the humble home where a genius was born, and to learn about Shakespeare the man and the environment that inspired his work.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace America is an independent non-profit organization, granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the IRS. It is managed by a volunteer Board that meets periodically to review scholarship and bursary applications received by teachers and students in America wishing to attend educational residential courses at the SBT in Stratford-upon-Avon and grant proposals from the SBT for conservation work at the Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon or the Shakespeare Library & Archive Collections cared for by the SBT. All monies raised and received from SBA patrons, friends and fundraising events in the USA or United Kingdom go directly to support the charitable objectives and work of the SBT. For further information on how you can support this work, please email us directly at [email protected]

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