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November 2010

Evert Tigner Presents Shakespearean Collection to Southeastern


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Evert Tigner addresses the audience Friday morning during the ceremony.

The Evert Tigner Shakespearean Collection was dedicated Sept. 24 in a specially created room on the first floor of the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus.

An overflow crowd of friends, students, faculty, and staff attended the ceremony, which included comments by Tigner, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and executive director of university advancement Kyle Stafford. In addition, Dell McLain, chair of Art, Communication, and Theatre, offered a special reading.

The art collection is comprised of numerous pieces of Shakespeare items, including porcelain figures, china plates, portraits, photographs, and prints. Also included is an inventory list of the known history of each item.

“I discovered the author and playwright, William Shakespeare, over half a century ago in my English class at Albany (Okla.) High School,” Tigner said. “His vast knowledge of the universe, wonderful characterizations, and famous quotes inspire me.

“Shakespeare has been the most popular writer in the English language for the past 400 years. I have been collecting items related to Shakespeare for the past 50 years, consisting of many rare and valuable pieces. It is my pleasure to share my collection with the library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. I hope my gift will enhance the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival held at Southeastern each summer. I also hope my gift will inspire students to discover the importance of William Shakespeare.”

Tigner, a 1953 graduate of Southeastern and the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus award, created the Evert F. Tigner Endowed Scholarship in January 2003 with a planned estate gift of $50,000. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student majoring in English.

He earned his master’s of arts from Pepperdine University and did extensive study and research at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Tigner grew up on a family farm near Albany. He taught English and social studies for 25 years near Los Angeles. For the past 20 years, he has devoted his time to the study, collection and sales of antiques and artworks and is recognized as a well-known dealer and authority on both subjects.

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