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


Interview with Phoebe Stein, New Federation President

May 15, 2020

It’s been exactly two weeks since we welcomed Phoebe Stein as the new Federation President so we wanted to catch her (in between all the Zoom meetings!) to see how she is doing, what it feels like to begin her leadership during a pandemic, her thoughts about the organization and humanities community as a whole, and finally whether she’s a virtual coffee break or happy hour kind of person!

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10 Things To Know About the 2020 NHC Host State!

May 15, 2020

The 2020 National Humanities Conference is scheduled to take place November 5-8, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail, the Indy 500, and six vice presidents! As we gear up for the big event, we asked Indiana Humanities to share these 10 fun facts about the state and host city, Indianapolis.

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Humanities At Home: Watch. Documentaries, Digital Shorts, Virtual Theater, and Festivals

May 15, 2020

Extend your documentary repertoire with several unique offerings from state humanities councils! Films from a wide range of topics such as Responding to COVID, the Veteran Experience, Women’s History and UNLADYLIKE2020, Virtual Theater, Hoosier Film Festival and more, can be found and viewed by just clicking a button. Let us know your thoughts by tagging us on social @HumFed and using #HumanitiesAtHome.

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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