About Us

Offering you opportunities to explore ideas, history, and culture

The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

We are an independent nonprofit supported by federal, state, and private funds. We fulfill our mission with our own programs and partnershipspublications, and with grants to other organizations.  

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More about the Wisconsin Humanities Council:

  •  Established in 1972 as an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
    • Today, fifty-six state humanities councils exist in fifty states, three territories, two commonwealths, and the District of Columbia. The state affiliates were founded in order to encourage local and statewide public humanities programs and to help state residents use the tools of the humanities to thoughtfully discuss current public policy issues. 


  •  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by a volunteer board of directors who come from across the state. 


  • Twenty-five volunteer board members hail from all parts of the state.
    • The Council seeks members whose experience, training, interests, skills, cultural background, and community ties bring diversity, energy, and expertise to our programs. Approximately half of the Council’s membership is drawn from the academic community and half from the community at large. New members are ordinarily elected to three-year terms at the Council’s February meeting, and assume office in June.  Six members are appointed by the Governor. Feel free to nominate yourself or someone you know with the  WHC Board Nomination Form