The West Virginia Humanities Council serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. Formed in 1974 at the invitation of the National Endowment for the Humanities, it is the principal organization promoting the humanities in West Virginia.

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Bill of Rights Exhibit

The Humanities Council is partnering with the Federation of State Humanities Councils to provide a free, four-sided, pop-up exhibit observing the 225 anniversary of the Bill of Rights produced by the National Archives for up to 30 venues in West Virginia. The exhibit kiosk is 66 ½ inches high by 32 inches wide with a corner to opposite corner measurement of 45 inches. The National Archives will ship the exhibit directly to venues at no cost by mid-November. It does not need to be returned. Libraries, small museums, community centers, and schools that would like to display this exhibit in time for the 225th anniversary on December 15, 2016 must complete and submit the REQUEST FORM no later than October 12. Contact program officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or for information.

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West Virginia Standing Together

With special funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Council partnered with West Virginia military veterans to produce a six-part web series titled West Virginia Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War.


Give $500 or more to the Humanities Council and receive a 50% credit to apply to your state taxes, plus the full amount on your federal deduction.


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Faculty Merit Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2016 Professor of the Year

Nominations for the 2016 Faculty Merit Foundation's Professor of the Year Award are now open and must be submitted (postmarked) by Tuesday, November 1, 2016.