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

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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. 

 
 
 

Blog

  1. This fall, Kara LaReau will address thousands of elementary students. Some of those young faces will light up with recognition as they follow along; other listeners will drift into daydreams. Continue Reading

  2. War is a perennially popular theme for authors, readers and book clubs, and the SDHC Lending Library features a variety of military fiction and non fiction. Continue Reading

  3. The new Siouxland Reads community reading program, supported by an SDHC grant, kicked off in Sioux Falls April 3 with a screening of "A Man Called Ove." Continue Reading

  4. SDHC’s Book Club to Go lending library is full of selections by authors who’ve earned top honors and awards in their field, including the iconic Pulitzer Prize. Continue Reading

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.

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.
- Zora Neale Hurston