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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April 2024 issue of The Broad Side

Taj Mahal and a Preston County banjo tune; French and Indian War's 1756 Sandy Creek Expedition. Issue authors: Eric Waggoner, Kyle Warmack.

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February 2024 issue of The Broad Side

The Extraordinary Life and Career of Revella Hughes, and more

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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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2022-2023 West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Participants

Seven apprenticeship pairs from across the Mountain State have been studying and practicing traditions including soul food cooking, fiddle repair, and mushroom foraging.

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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.


May 19 Little Lecture: A Global History of Concentration Camps

Make plans to join us on ***SUNDAY, MAY 19th at 2pm*** for our Little Lecture with Parkersburg-born author and journalist Andrea Pitzer. Pitzer will discuss her searing work "One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps," and how a broader look at this heartbreaking phenomenon can change the way nations live up to the promise, “Never again.”

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These grants can support small projects, single events, lectures, small museum exhibits, consultation needs, and planning for more complex projects.

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Born of Rebellion on display at the Roane-Jackson Technical Center

Our traveling exhibit on West Virginia statehood and the Civil War will be on display in the entrance lobby of the center in LeRoy through May.

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Cover of the Winter 2023-24 People & Mountains titled Our Golden Year; all text except for a photo of the cover of the first People & Mountains in February 1976

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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