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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Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference

As part of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference will take place September 11 through 13, 2016, at the Erickson Alumni Center at WVU.

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This Week in West Virginia History is an ongoing collaboration between e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia and West Virginia Public Radio. Tune in or visit to hear This Week in West Virginia History.


September 1 grant deadline

The council is accepting proposals for grants in four categories. Applicants can apply electronically using our online system.


West Virginia Folklife Program

The West Virginia Folklife Program employs West Virginia’s first state folklorist. Often defined as the “art of everyday life,” folklife refers to art and culture that is based in and reflective of traditional knowledge and connection to community.


West Virginia Standing Together

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


People & Mountains

People & Mountains, the newsletter of the West Virginia Humanities Council, promotes the humanities statewide in West Virginia. Published in January, May and September, the current and past issues may be found here in PDF format.


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