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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.  

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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. 

 
 
 

Blog

  1. 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

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

  3. It is hard to imagine losing the editorial checks and balances that protect our First Amendment rights, our freedom of information.  Continue Reading

  4. More than 60 high-caliber authors presented at more than 100 sessions at the 2018 South Dakota Festival of Books Sept. 20-23. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

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Oct
12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research Cultural Center
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Oct
6:30 pm | SHS Cultural Encounters
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Oct
7:00 pm | Watertown Regional Library
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Oct
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Oct
7:00 pm | Mitchell Public Library
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Oct
7:00 pm | Ruth Haberger Auditorium, Dakota State University
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Oct
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Oct
2:00 pm | Hand County Library

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 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)