“Almost every week a family would bring a visitor or two because the children shared the fun times they experienced at Prime Time with their friends and cousins. Families would engage with one another during breakfast, sharing their past week experiences.”
Local site coordinator for Prime Time Family Reading TimeWashington Branch Library in North Omaha
Humanities Nebraska inspires and enriches personal and public life by offering opportunities to thoughtfully engage with history and culture.
Over the last four decades, Humanities Nebraska programming has evolved and expanded to include: grants to nonprofit organizations conducting public humanities programs, a Speakers Bureau with nearly 300 humanities programs available, Chautauqua with scholars portraying historic figures, Capitol Forum on America’s Future for high school students, Prime Time Family Reading Time, a reading and discussion program, Museum on Main Street exhibitions from the Smithsonian, Nebraska Book Festival, an annual event co-sponsored with the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Center for the Book, Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, an event bringing a prominent humanities speaker to Nebraska every year, and Nebraska History Day, a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics, co-sponsored with Nebraska Wesleyan University.
In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.
Prepared for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies by Esther Mackintosh, President, Federation of State Humanities Councils, Addressing the National Endowment for the Humanities, May 24, 2017.
NEH awards more than $1.6 million to seven state humanities councils: Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Virgin Islands and Virginia.
Throughout the summer, councils provide enrichment and professional development opportunities for all ages.