Learn more about our work to make the humanities accessible for every West Virginian.
Since 1974, we’ve been committed to telling the stories that make us, as West Virginians, who we are. On top of that, we’ve worked to make the humanities accessible to as many people as possible, funding an expansive range of programs and projects, from exhibits and documentaries to books, workshops, and even archaeology digs. Much has changed since our early years, but our motivating principle—our belief in the critical importance of the humanities—has not.
These are just a few of the ways we’ve spent the past five decades bridging West Virginia’s traditions with its tomorrow:
Check out our full timeline for more fun facts about The West Virginia Humanities Council’s history!
When we gather to read, watch a film, analyze a painting, or discuss our history, we make sense of what it means to be human. We connect with people whose lives and upbringings differ from our own. We face our past and leave with a better understanding of our society and ourselves. The humanities empower us with creativity, knowledge, and empathy. They enable us to dream and build brighter futures, for West Virginia and the world.
We are proud of our continued commitment to the humanities and excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary with everyone who helps contribute to our mission. This year, we’ll be traveling all over the state, hosting dozens of free events to celebrate our collective impact, share information about our work, and connect with West Virginians like you!