The Federation

The Federation of State Humanities Councils, founded in 1977, is the membership association of 55 state and territorial councils. Through its program of research, conferences, collaborative projects, and communication to members, legislators and others on issues of public interest, the Federation provides support for the state humanities councils and strives to create greater awareness of the humanities in public and private life.

Councils are independent, nonprofit organizations run by small staffs and governed by volunteer boards drawn from academia and the public, which support grassroots humanities programs and community-based activities in each state and US territory. Humanities councils were created by Congress in the early 1970s and receive an annual congressional appropriation through the National Endowment for the Humanities, which for most councils is supplemented by state and private funding.