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We celebrate literature – promote civil conversation – and tell the stories that define our state

How We Serve South Dakota

South Dakota Humanities is about the people of South Dakota, and our programs are here to inspire imagination, increase literacy excitement, and promote civil conversation.

    Founded in 1972 by the hard work of fellow South Dakotans, the South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.



    Start this year’s Festival of Books at our 10th Annual Young Readers opener with 2-time Newberry Medalist Kate DiCamillo, author of “The Tale of Despereaux”!

    • Rapid City: September 21st, 5pm at The Monument

    Then join in the main festivities in Deadwood, SD! Participate in workshops, panels, special events, and book signings with authors from genres!  

    • Deadwood: September 22nd – 24th

    The annual South Dakota Festival of Books is South Dakota’s premier literary event, featuring over 100 events with 70 distinguished authors, scholars, and publishing representatives. The Festival sessions encourage appreciation for the literary arts and foster civil conversation about contemporary, cultural, and historical events in our state and nation.

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