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Wisconsin Humanities Council
The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.
Established in 1972 as an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas and values. To accomplish its mission, the council awards grants to support programs in libraries, museums, universities, historical societies, schools and other nonprofit settings throughout 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.
Sponsors the Wisconsin Book Festival each October.