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Help us Meet Our Young Readers Fundraising Goal

Donate today to help us bring Young Readers programming to South Dakota students like Savannah (above), who was thrilled by author Jennifer Richard Jacobson's visit to her Rapid City school in 2016. 

Advocacy Alert: We Need Your Help!

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Please visit our advocacy page below to find out how you can advocate for humanities and speak out against the recently proposed elimination of the NEH in the federal budget. 

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  1. Why is the budget proposal calling for entirely eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities such a terrible idea? Continue Reading

  2. This past year has been my first full year as a board member of the South Dakota Humanities Council. It's been a great experience, and I'm just beginning to see the make-up of those who apply for grant funding and what sort of projects people invest their hearts and souls into. Continue Reading

  3. The South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded $30,000 in major grant funding to organizations around the state, including several supporting the 2017 Race and Civility Initiative. Continue Reading

  4. There’s considerable attention paid to test scores these days—particularly about how well our students perform on reading and math tests. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

10:00 am | Journey Museum, Elks Theatre, Hill City High School, Ellsworth AFB
7:00 pm | Bowdle Public Library
1:30 pm | Faulkton Community Center
7:00 pm | Volstorff Ballroom, Student Union, SDSU
1:00 pm | Sioux Valley Performing Arts Center
10:30 am | Tri-Sate Museum and Visitors Center

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

The sole meaning in life is to serve humanity.
- Leo Tolstoy