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  1. Planning your Festival of Books visit? Here is “what you need to know” — our full preview featuring important information about authors, dates, times and locations. Continue Reading

  2. As a member of what's been referred to as the "most hated family in America" and granddaughter of infamous religious zealot and Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, Megan Phelps-Roper grew up on raucous picket lines protesting funerals with messages like "God Hates Fags." Continue Reading

  3. Second and third graders will be quite familiar with at least two of the 2019 Young Readers Festival of Books authors by the time the event rolls around in October. Continue Reading

  4. The South Dakota Humanities Council, a non-profit that leads statewide advocacy for the humanities, is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Awards. Continue Reading

Event Calendar

12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
6:30 pm | Yankton Community Library
10:00 am | Cozard Memorial Library
8:00 am | Augustana University
7:00 pm | Siouxland Libraries - Ronning Branch
12:00 pm | Mount Marty College

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)