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 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

Advocate

Connect

Support

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

56

Councils

6,000

Communities Served

10,000

Partner Organizations

55,000+

Programs Nationwide

Millions

Raised for
Communities

Latest News

 

NHC 2022, Los Angeles: Call for Session Proposals

January 12, 2022

The Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance are excited to announce the 2022 National Humanities Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, November 10-13, 2022. This annual conference brings together representatives from colleges, universities, state humanities councils, cultural institutions, and other community-based organizations to explore approaches to deepening the public’s engagement with the humanities. View the full Call for Session Proposals here.

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Native Peoples 101: Approaches to Working With And For Tribal Nations

December 17, 2021

From “Native American” and “American Indian” to “Alaska Native” and “Native Hawaiian,” no generalized term is exactly right, explained panelists, given that these terms originate in English. An important part of this process, Newell said, is identifying vocabulary that stems from stereotypes, misrepresents Native history, and causes harm: “When you come across them, discuss these terms, question them–whose words are they?” 

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Now Hiring! Communications & Meetings Associate

December 14, 2021

The Communications & Meetings Associate plays a vital role in integrating communications and events functions at the Federation and supporting member humanities councils nationwide. This person will also play an important part in the Federation’s implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) lens for its communications and events.

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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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