South Dakota Humanities Council marking a huge milestone

SdhcOn February 16, the South Dakota Humanities Council will celebrate 50 years of service. In 1972, the organization became the eighth state humanities council in the United States.

The Humanities Council will have celebrations and activities throughout the year to commemorate the event.

“This year will be about the chance to honor the humanities work of the past fifty years and the many friends, past and present, that made that happen,” Executive Director Ann Volin said. “We want to talk about the programs they joined in, what that meant to them, and how we can be even a better advocate for the humanities for another fifty years–and more.”

The South Dakota Humanities Council will begin the celebration with a video highlighting key contributors to the organization over the past five decades, followed by their social media “On This Day” campaign.

Some important contributions over the years include:

  • 1972 – South Dakota Committee on the Humanities (now SDHC) is the eighth state humanities council formed in the US. SDHC is awarded $90,000 for regrant budget spanning 1972-73
  • 1984 – SDHC creates its first Speakers Bureau
  • 1992 – The South Dakota Committee on the Humanities becomes the South Dakota Humanities Council
  • 2003 – The first South Dakota Festival of Books kicks off in Deadwood.
  • 2014 – SDHC launches the Young Readers One Book South Dakota program and Young Readers Festival of Books
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