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




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




Communities Served


Partner Organizations


Programs Nationwide


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Latest News


Job Opportunity: Project Director (Part-Time)

December 5, 2019

The Federation of State Humanities Councils (FSHC) invites applications for a part-time Project Director of the “Humanities in American Life” initiative. This project builds upon resources developed in 2017-2018 and is designed to expand on and strengthen efforts to educate the public about the value of the humanities in American life.

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Job Opportunity: Events Manager (full time with benefits)

December 3, 2019

The Federation of State Humanities Councils (FSHC), a membership non-profit, is seeking a meeting planning professional to join its staff as the Events Manager. Previous experience in event planning is required to be successful in this vital role.

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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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