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We Are South Dakota Humanities

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

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The South Dakota Humanities Council acknowledges that it operates on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Oceti Sakowin – the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. We honor and appreciate the Indigenous people who have the longest relationship to this place.

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.

    68% of South Dakota’s youth
    read below a proficient level

    Since 2014, SDHC has selected a book for the Young Readers One Book program to share with children across the state. Through our partnership with South Dakota educators, Black Hills Reads, and SFEC, we are shaping powerful learning habits to increase our youth’s reading achievement levels when they’re the most impressionable through book ownership, author interactions, and class materials.

    Our program’s success is only made possible through the generous donations we’ve received over the years. We’re grateful for the many supporters who have joined us on this incredible journey. While we’ve gone from delivering a few thousand books to over 14,000 across the state this year, we acknowledge that our mission goes beyond these contributions. As we work to inspire young minds, we invite others to join us in our efforts to profoundly impact and inspire our youth in 2024 and beyond.


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