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Thank you for Coming to the Festival!

We had large crowds at our 16th annual South Dakota Festival of Books, which featured acclaimed authors Alice Sebold, Timothy Egan, Caroline Fraser and more! Subscribe to our e-newsletter below to read a full recap of the event in our October issue.  

Download a Free Copy of our Catalog

The 2018 South Dakota Humanities Council Program Catalog is available for download.

Want to book a speaker, check out a set of novels for your book club, or just find out more about our programs like the South Dakota Festival of Books and One Book South Dakota? Click the button below for your free copy.

Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities in South Dakota.

In its comprehensive FY 2019 budget, the Trump administration requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities for "the orderly closure of the agency." To read the NEH's statement, click here

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities. We'll need your support as we face this next challenge. 



  1. The South Dakota Humanities Council board of directors has elected three new members. Continue Reading

  2. Get ready! South Dakota’s first-ever statewide giving day kicks off at midnight on Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018 and continues until 11:59 pm that night. Continue Reading

  3. 2018 One Book South Dakota author Thomas Patterson will return to South Dakota this month to discuss his book "Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism." Continue Reading

  4. According to legendary playwright/poet Oscar Wilde, memory is “the diary that we all carry about with us." Continue Reading

Programs & Events

1:00 pm | W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
7:00 pm | Scotland Community Library
5:30 pm | Second Street Diner
4:00 pm | T. F. Riggs High School
1:00 pm | Pinedale Elementary School
2:00 pm | Custer Senior Center
12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research and Cultural 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.

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
- Toni Morrison