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SDHC Scholar Applications Open Oct. 31

Want to help us carry the humanities across South Dakota during programs in 2020? Applications open Oct. 31, 2019 for 2020 humanities scholars, who will lead Speakers Bureau presentations and reading discussions with our Book Club to Go and One Book South Dakota programs.

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  1. The 2020 One Book South Dakota is a tale of reinvention, of a person who changed her mind and her ways and left her family — her infamous and outspoken family, known nationwide for raucous protests at funerals of U.S. soldiers — for a quiet life in rural South Dakota. Continue Reading

  2. On Dec. 3, readers will have a rare opportunity to meet the One Book author as the selection is announced. Continue Reading

  3. After raising more than $5,000 during the inaugural South Dakota Day of Giving Nov. 27, 2018, the South Dakota Humanities Council is gearing up for the 2019 event. Continue Reading

  4. The 2019 Veterans Story Contest invited past and current service members who live in South Dakota to submit their stories in written or video formats. The resulting entries were memorable. Continue Reading

Event Calendar

11:30 am | Yankton Hillcrest Golf and Country Club
7:30 pm | Spearfish Senior Center
9:00 am | Lake Area Technical Institute
11:00 am | Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Colton Recital Hall
11:30 am | Lake Area Technical Institute
12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research and Cultural 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.

Want to read more about what the humanities are? Check out our definition of the humanities and examples of various humanities disciplines explored by our programs. 

The goal should be that everybody gets a chance to read great books and participate in the richness that humanities brings us.
- Bill Gates (founder and Chairman, Microsoft)