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 55 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

 

Meet the 2021 NHC Planning Committee

September 22, 2020

“Michigan Humanities is thrilled to be hosting the 2021 National Humanities Conference in Detroit, MI. Detroit is an amazing city, full of rich history and bursting with vigor and vitality due to its transformation. This will be a once in a lifetime experience, full of Motown, rich experiences with the Arab Chaldean community, automotive history, the grandeur of the Detroit Institute of Art, and the depth of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. We plan to make this an enriching and memorable experience for every conference attendee,” said Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, president and CEO of Michigan Humanities Council.

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September Council Program Snapshot

September 17, 2020

In September, the state and jurisdictional humanities councils are hosting nearly 200 programs that address histories of racism, social injustice, racial biases, women’s suffrage and the right to vote, civic engagement, democracy and journalism, history, and more. Each council created or adapted their programming into virtual experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs range from lectures to workshops and online exhibits to virtual book clubs.

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Call for 2020 Schwartz Prize Nominations!

August 28, 2020

The Federation of State Humanities Councils is now accepting nominations for the 38th annual Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize, made possible through an endowment established by former Federation board member Martin Schwartz and his wife Helen to recognize outstanding work in the public humanities.

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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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