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 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

 

We’re Hiring! Director of Finance & Planning

June 23, 2021

The Federation of State Humanities Councils (the Federation) seeks a Director of Finance & Planning (the Director) to provide internal leadership of the membership-based organization as it enters a new phase of building its capacity to support and strengthen its membership and advocate for the humanities across the nation.

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For Pride Month: Humanities Council Programs

June 22, 2021

For Pride Month, humanities councils join parades across the country with histories of change, LGBTQ ancestors, jazz, politics, literature, film, and stories past, present, and future. And people have noticed: among many, read stories about Vermont Humanities Council and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities programs that celebrate the contributions of trans and LGBTQ+ individuals and check out the list inside for additional programs.

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Caring Labor Sustains Life: Women’s Labor Activism in the Appalachian South

June 21, 2021

“These are men who worked for wages, and we associate them with the building of modern America. The coal miner in particular is an icon of the American working class. But what about domestic workers, farm laborers, or workers in the service industry? What about non-wage work?” said Dr. Jessica Wilkerson in a virtual West Virginia Humanities Council “Little Lecture” on May 30.

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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

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