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Specialty Instruction from Oregon Humanities Available in June

As part of the 2018 "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" initiative, SDHC will host two Reflective Conversation Facilitation Training sessions aimed at preparing facilitators to conduct civil and enlightened dialogue about current events and topics involving information literacy.  

Training is open to coordinators and experts involved in "Information Literacy" forums as part of the 2018 initiative. Co-hosting and promotion is offered by the South and North Dakota Humanities Council. 

Applications for the training are due May 25. Click below to apply today. 

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. 

Find Good Books to Read

Is your book club looking for good books to read? Check out a bundle of books from the SDHC Lending Library for a small fee.



  1. “The Lovely Bones” author Alice Sebold is coming to the South Dakota Festival of Books. Continue Reading

  2. As part of the 2018 "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" initiative, SDHC will host two Reflective Conversation Facilitation Training sessions. Continue Reading

  3. The USD campus buzzed with excitement this week as one of the nation’s most famous journalists spoke to students, staff and members of the public about the importance of journalism. Continue Reading

  4. 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

Programs & Events

4:00 pm | Fort Sisseton Historical State Park
7:00 pm | Fort Sisseton Historical State Park
6:30 pm | Huron Public Library
10:00 am | Lake Herman State Park
7:00 pm | Cultural Heritage Center
7:00 pm | Prairie Arboretum Visitor Center
5:00 pm | Racing Magpie

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