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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50 years of heavy thinking!

Happy birthday to the National Endowment for the Humanities, founded in 1965. For a full half-century the NEH has promoted the humanities as vitally important to a robust democracy. The West Virginia Humanities Council is proud to be the Mountain State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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MacFarland-Hubbard House

The 1836 MacFarland-Hubbard House, a National Historic Register property, has served as Humanities Council headquarters since 2000.


Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Eric Foner is our 2015 McCreight Lecturer.


Cut your taxes and help the Humanities Council

We are pleased to report that our Neighborhood Investment Program tax credits were tripled this year! This program allows donors to recover most of the cost of their donation through year-end tax credits and deductions.

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History Alive!

We are seeking new characters for our History Alive! roster — figures from any period who have made important contributions to state, national or international history and who would interest general audiences. Contact Mark Payne at for applications. Proposals are due February 1.


Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Seeks Nominations for 2015 Professor of the Year