“The healthiest communities are those that are built around active libraries, museums, and other cultural centers, that have a strong sense of their own history and identity, that have good quality schools, along with mechanisms for involving their residents in the process of solving problems and planning for the future. Supporting these kinds of communities is what the state humanities councils are all about.” - Esther Mackintosh, FSHC President, at a White House briefing
With more than 1,000 files in this database, members have access to strategic plans, income reports, and past conference materials, among other governance, management and program documents.
The Federation hosts nine Google Groups or listservs allowing council staff members to exchange ideas and information with their peers. The Google Groups allow subscribers to discuss important issues or pose questions to their specific communities of interest.
The Federation Update is a weekly e-newsletter distributed every Friday by Federation President Esther Mackintosh. The Update contains information on advocacy, Federation, councils, NEH, and the humanities community.
In order to help members and the public with their advocacy efforts, our website provides many advocacy resources from Hill and legislative updates to the Federation position paper and talking points.
New this year! As part of the Federation website redesign, we are offering a searchable, filterable database of council-conducted programs from 2014 to the present. The database gives a national perspective on the impact of humanities council programming as a whole, while allowing members and visitors an opportunity to learn more about specific programs, formats and demographics.
Humanities Communications Network - Private Facebook Group
The Humanities Communications Network private Facebook group is a collaboration between NEH and the Federation. The group offers a space for NEH and Federation members interested in communication best practices, strategies, and advice to exchange ideas and information. National initiatives, press releases and other media-related activities are also posted to this forum.
Meetings and Events
The National Humanities Conference
Every year in the fall, the Federation organizes a national conference bringing the state humanities councils, partners and humanities supporters together. The Federation board determines conference locations based on proposals submitted by member councils.
Humanities on the Hill
Every March, the Federation hosts a national advocacy week in Washington, DC. During this event, councils meet with their congressional representatives, participate in briefings, and attend a Federation-hosted congressional reception.
Executive Director Retreat
This retreat provides executive directors of member councils an opportunity to come together for sustained conversation about their work.
Executive Director Orientation
The Federation, with NEH, organize and host this orientation session with new executive directors. The orientation typically spans two days and serves as an introduction to the NEH-FSHC partnership and to the council network.
Program Officer Pre-Conference Meeting
This meeting is typically held the day before the National Humanities Conference and gives program officers the opportunity to discuss current opportunities and challenges, as well as program ideas and best practices.
Constituent Group Conversations
Included within the National Humanities Conference are the constituent sessions which offer opportunities for council staff members to meet and converse with colleagues holding the same or similar positions at other councils.