What are the Humanities?
Simply put, the humanities is the study of how people connect to the human experience through history, culture, and traditions.
The Humanities allow us to explore stories from people who came before us, appreciate places that have changed with time, and learn from past ways of thinking in order to form a brighter future for generations to come.
Missouri Humanities programs remember the past by exploring Missouri’s Heritage, sharing Veterans stories, preserving Native American and Civil War history, and cataloging archaeological artifacts and sites.
We focus on the future by supporting statewide environmental sustainability, providing educational opportunities to adults, and promoting literacy development for youth throughout the state.
Mission and Vision
Missouri Humanities is dedicated to enriching lives and strengthening communities by connecting Missourians with the people, places, and ideas that shape our society.
Our vision is for a more thoughtful, informed, and civil society.
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“I completely support your environmental program and very much enjoyed attending your Earth Day Symposium. I hope everyone takes the time to watch your beautiful video!”
“Thank you for preserving the history of Missouri. The work you do is powerful, and brings Missourians closer together.”
“I enjoyed attending the Celebrate Missouri’s German Heritage event, and celebrating GH Corridor. Fascinating people and the perfect venue in Jefferson City’s Mill Bottom District, within a stone’s throw of the state capitol.”
“MH offers so many wonderful programs and opportunities to everyone in Missouri. Small communities to big cities, MH is there for all to enjoy!”
“We are so humbled and grateful to MH for funding our Critical Conversations: Art and the Black Body project. We are so humbled and grateful for the support.”
“I met so many kind and wonderful people at your KC Open House. So much thanks to MH for all their continued support of art and artists. Love you guys!”
“You are great patriots! Keep up the great work.”
“I just received the four Proud to Be books that I won at the drawing, written by American Warriors. I am the widow of a service connected disabled veteran and love the idea of letting veterans express themselves through writing! Thank you so much and I can’t wait to read them!”
“Missouri Humanities gave us the funding for travel, and we went. Set up on the wide front porch of the Womans Building, we collected interviews with a young engaged couple recovering from Covid, a female farmer, politicians, and a performer in a pastel hat and white gloves who introduced herself as Laura Ingalls Wilder…..”