About Us

Supporting Grassroots Humanities Programs in Every US State and Territory


Founded in 1977, the Federation of State Humanities Councils is the national member association of the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Our purpose is to provide leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in community and civic life.

Our Core Activities

Advocate

Connect

Support

Our Guiding Principles

Through the humanities we discover who we are: diverse communities in one nation, one nation in a diverse world.

The humanities strengthen the civic, cultural, and social fabric of society by fostering understanding and promoting an engaged citizenry

The state humanities councils play a vital role in ensuring that humanities programming reaches all Americans, expanding minds and transforming lives

The state humanities councils, through their connection to communities and organizations in every corner of their state, are essential entities for extending the reach of the National Endowment for the Humanities

The state humanities councils have a greater impact when they are united in purpose and voice

Learn About Our Partners

We partner with a diverse group of government, nonprofit, and private organizations to provide a wide range of options for our members.

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The Federation and the NEH: What's the Difference?

One of our major partners is the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), of which our councils are affiliates. How do our activities complement each other?

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Our Members: The State Humanities Councils

56

Councils

6,000

Communities Served

10,000

Partner Organizations

55,000+

Programs Nationwide

Millions

Raised for
Communities

Latest News

 

CPA Services – Request for Proposals

August 29, 2016

The Federation of State Humanities Councils (FSHC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is seeking proposals from seasoned firms to provide accounting services beginning October 2016. The contract will be for a three-year period with the option to extend for an additional two years. All proposals must be received via email in Adobe Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word format before close of business Monday, September 19, 2016.

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August Feature: Encyclopedia Resources

August 19, 2016

Eight state humanities councils provide digital state encyclopedic resources for their communities, educators, students, families, and visitors. Many include toolkits for educators and links to primary and secondary resources at local organizations.

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Pulitzer Feature: August Council Campfires Programs

August 16, 2016

This month, join councils in various Pulitzer100 reading and discussion groups, creative writing workshops, lectures and conversations surrounding important local and political issues, youth-centered events, and a jazz festival!

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Member Resources

In addition to annual events, we offer multiple opportunities for our members to stay connected throughout the year.

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Meet the Federation

Board of Directors