The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council was established in 1972 as an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Today, we are an independent nonprofit supported by federal, state, and private funds. Through our own programs and grants to other organizations, the WHC makes possible a rich array of learning opportunities that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values.
WHC grants support community-designed programs in libraries, museums, schools, churches, universities, historical societies, and other settings throughout Wisconsin. The WHC also creates its own programs and publications, and forms partnership with educational and cultural organizations. Wisconsin Life, Wisconsin Women Making History, the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, and our publication called On are among them.
In 1970, the NEH created state affiliates in order to foster local and statewide public humanities programs and to help state residents use the tools of the humanities to thoughtfully discuss current public policy issues. Today, a mosaic of fifty-six state humanities councils exists (in fifty states, three territories, two commonwealths, and the District of Columbia).
Like its sister councils, the WHC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by a volunteer board of directors who come from across the state. Since our founding, a special relationship with University of Wisconsin – Extension has provided the WHC with some UWEX fiscal, business, and other services.
We thank Wisconsin Humanities Council for being a generous sponsor of the Oral History Project.