Guide to Navigating Humanities on the Hill

In order to assist our members and fellow humanities advocates in their advocacy efforts during Humanities on the Hill, and throughout the year, the following is a snapshot of materials and links to resources the Federation has currently developed. Our FY 2021 Position Paper and Talking Points will be distributed in the following weeks and once so, we will update this guide to reflect their locations. You can always check our advocacy resources page directly for the latest materials.

If you have any questions about Humanities on the Hill, please check out our NEW Humanities on the Hill Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains helpful information on a wide range of topics, including HoH logistics, hotel and travel, advocacy, Hill visits, federal funding, Esther’s Retirement Reception, and how to get around DC.


Join us Friday, February 14 at 2:00 pm EST for a pre-Humanities on the Hill Conference Call
Gather ideas on effective materials to prepare and bring, learn FY 2021 updates, and hear tips for conducting Hill visits.

We are thrilled to have veteran advocates Christopher Sommerich, executive director of Humanities Nebraska, and Julie Ziegler, CEO of Humanities Washington on the call to share their insights, tips, and answer questions on how to best prepare for Humanities on the Hill and what to expect during your office visits. Please dial 1-800-250-2600 and use PIN 9989 7377 to join the call. No registration is required.


The Federation website hosts a variety of resources for Humanities on the Hill. Click here to view all advocacy and event materials or see below for specifics:

  • Know Before You Go – Humanities on the Hill, a blog post highlighting what you need to know for your Hill visits before and during the event, what materials and prep the Federation provides, and where to find additional information to assist with any advocacy needs
  • The 2020 Advocacy Handbook featuring background information on advocacy, funding, and committees
  • Congressional Contact Form to fill out following your visits (one per visit)
  • Humanities in American Life videos and documents, which can be customized to fit individual councils
  • FY 2021 Position Paper (coming soon), which advocates for $170 million for NEH and $54 million for the Federal/State Partnership
  • FY 2021 Talking Points (coming soon) to help answer questions and to support this year’s ask
  • Advocacy Webinar Recording (coming soon), a recording of the free webinar featuring legislative information from Carolyn Fuller and preparation information from Humanities Nebraska’s Christopher Sommerich and Humanities Washington’s Julie Ziegler


The following event resources are also available to members participating in Humanities on the Hill. Click here to view all advocacy and event materials or see below for specifics:

  • Humanities on the Hill Main Event Page, featuring links to hotel information, agendas, the congressional reception, and registration
  • Congressional Reception Invitation. Please distribute this to your congressional members and staff and let them know there will be opportunities for Hill members to share remarks and address the room. A printed invite will also be available at the registration desk before the March 3rd Briefing
  • Event Agenda, which lists times, locations and brief descriptions of the week’s events
  • Briefing Agenda, which highlights what will be covered during this first official event of the week including an opportunity to hear perspectives from two different Hill staffers
  • Book the HoH Photographer request form (deadline to request the photographer is Friday, February 28, 2020)
  • Hotel Information, including the address of the event hotel, Hotel Palomar
  • Frequently Asked Questions, look here for helpful information on all aspects of HoH, from hotel and travel to advocacy and Hill visits


Wish you had all this in an app? We’ve got you covered! Check your email late February for an invitation to download the Humanities on the Hill app and access all these materials and more, including maps of Capitol Hill and the DC Metro system, local dining options, and DCA flight status reports. You can also set up your profile and connect directly with others through the app. When posting to social media, please use #HumHill20 to connect your posts with all attendees!