Exactly, what are the Humanities?

Simply put, the humanities are 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. 

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What are Humanities Councils?

The History of Missouri Humanities 

was founded by Congress in 1971, Missouri Humanities is one of the fifty-six state and territorial humanities councils that receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

For over 50 years we’ve been dedicated to helping Missourians explore the people, places, and ideas that shape our society. Our focus for the future remains the same; for a more thoughtful, informed, and civil society. 

Missouri Humanities is a 501(c)(3) organization.