Apply now for the 2024-25 West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program! Closes August 26.

This program supports traditional artists working with dedicated apprentices on a yearlong apprenticeship in their cultural expression or art forms. You can also register for upcoming Q&A-style webinars about the program and application.

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Watch the 2022-23 West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcases

If you missed the showcases last fall, you can now watch the recordings on the West Virginia Folklife YouTube channel.

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Little Lectures Online

Our first two Little Lectures of 2024 are now available online: "Dunmore's War: The Last Colonial Conflict" by Glenn F. Williams and "Echoes of the War on Terror: Gaza through the Lens of American Military History" by Peter Mansoor.

See the videos and read about our final Little Lecture of 2024, on June 23 »

The Council Awards 11 New Grants

The Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival's "Focus on History" was one of the recipients (photo from the Cumberland Times-News).

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The Council Awards 10 Fellowships

These fellowships, unique in West Virginia, are among the Council's most competitive offerings.

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New Grafton Monster Pin!

We’re excited to announce our Grafton Monster Loves West Virginia Folklife campaign. The first 50 new Council GEM (Give Every Month) members who donate $5 or more per month will receive this exclusive new pin. We’d love your support!

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West Virginia National Cemeteries Project

The Humanities Council works with high schools students to research and write biographies of veterans

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Please support the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House, our headquarters. The property serves as an active programming venue, and is itself an important community landmark.


September 1 Grant Deadline

Applications will be accepted through September 1.

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June 2024 issue of The Broad Side

Two Americas: The debate over admitting Japanese-Americans in World War II relocation centers to a West Virginia college.

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Humanities Council Awards Six Minigrants

Minigrants are designed for projects requesting $2,000 or less. The next deadline is October 1.

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Cover of the Summer 2024 People & Mountains titled A Bird's Eye View of 50 Years

Cover of the West Virginia Humanities Council 2023 Annual Report; all text except for a photo of the board president, a smiling woman with dark hair, dark dress, and glasses, and the Council's 50th Anniversary special logo at the top

West Virginia Folklife Collection receives award from American Folklore Society

WV Folklife Collection at WVU Libraries receives the society’s Brenda McCallum Prize

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Exploring the imaginary landscape of West Virginia through the lens of genre fiction and folklore

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Visit to hear This Week in West Virginia History, a collaboration between e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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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