Get a Free Copy of the 2021 South Dakota Humanities Council Program Catalog

Publication Offers Information on Programs, Grants

The 2021 guide to all things South Dakota Humanities Council has been released.

Download a free copy of SDHC’s 2021 Program Catalog for information about the statewide non-profit’s latest programs and grant opportunities. The publication also includes feature stories about current humanities trends in South Dakota.

"We are happy to provide this free publication, which offers a comprehensive view of our organization," said SDHC Executive Director Ann Volin. "It contains vital information for those who seek humanities grants or merely would like to learn more about us."

Printed copies are mailed upon request — call 605-688-6113 or email to receive one in your mailbox.

SDHC Program Catalog: A Review of 2020 and Preview of 2021

The Program Catalog will put you in touch with everything SDHC offers as a statewide organization with a rich heritage.

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.

In meeting our mission in 2020, we encountered a challenging pandemic that not only endangered public health but also canceled or modified numerous programs. However, we also distributed more than $400,000 in CARES Act grants to humanities organizations struggling to maintain operations.

Read about how we navigated 2020 with a modified version of the South Dakota Festival of Books and One Book South Dakota and find information about board members, fundraising, grants and much more.

You can also see what's ahead in 2021. Check out our preview of the 2021 Festival, which will be held in Deadwood Oct. 1-3, featuring the 2021 One Book South Dakota, "The Children's Blizzard" by acclaimed author Melanie Benjamin.

Learn how to apply for up to $7,000 in grant funding for a humanities project. What kinds of projects qualify and what are the deadlines? The catalog contains all the information you need to make a successful application.

Speakers Bureau, One Book and Book Club to Go Discussion Leaders Go Online

In light of the pandemic, SDHC moved its programs online, including the Speakers Bureau. Normally, members of the Speakers Bureau travel to communities around the state to provide inexpensive humanities programs. As they continue their programs virtually, the roster, which has previously been included in the catalog, is online-only at

Looking to deepen your connection with the humanities? SDHC scholars conduct educational and entertaining programs, including Chautauqua character performances and expertise-based presentations that allow audiences to learn about various topics. Scholars can also lead book discussions using selections from the SDHC Lending Library. They present programs on topics for all ages and backgrounds, with nearly 150 Speakers Bureau events annually.

Download the Catalog

Find out what's going on at SDHC in 2021 by downloading a free copy of the catalog below!