Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Chris Sommerich
Public Contact Name
Heather Thomas
Main Address

215 Centennial Mall South
Suite 330
Lincoln, NE 68508
United States

What We Do

Humanities Nebraska helps Nebraskans explore what connects us and makes us human. For nearly 50 years, Humanities Nebraska programming has evolved and expanded to include these programs, with many taking place in Omaha: Grants to nonprofit organizations conducting public humanities programs; a Speakers Bureau with nearly 300 humanities programs available and a easy booking process for in person and online programs; Chautauqua, a two-day history festival with activities for all ages (2023 site to be announced soon!); Capitol Forum on America’s Future for high school students; Prime Time Family Reading, and Prime Time Preschool, reading and discussion programs, open to all families with many programs in Omaha; Nebraska Warrior Writers, a workshop for veterans and their families, led by professional instructors in Omaha (and Lincoln); Museum on Main Street exhibitions from the Smithsonian with a new tour being announced in 2023; Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, an event bringing a humanities speaker to Nebraska every year, alternating between Omaha and Lincoln (in Omaha in October 2023); Dear Stranger, a letter exchange program that connects Nebraskans across the miles; Nebraska History Day, a year-long program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics, co-sponsored with Nebraska Wesleyan University; the Nebraska Literary Tour, a free tour that connects Nebraska places with stories and poems set in Nebraska and Nebraska authors.

Humanities Nebraska is celebrating 50 years of what connects us and makes us human. Let your curiosity get the best of you and discover events throughout 2023 and during Humanities Week in October.

Interesting Info
  • Humanities Nebraska funded 25 Omaha organizations in 2022 totaling $86,177
  • More than 50% of Prime Time Family Reading programs are taking place in Omaha in 2022 in libraries, schools, community centers, and online
  • As part of our anniversary celebration, HN is making 50 grants of $1,000 to educators. Apps due March 15. Details here:
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Volunteer Opportunities

Love history? Be a Chautauqua Volunteer
Repeats weekly until Tuesday, August 1st, 2023
Duration of 23 hours 59 minutes


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