Humanities Nebraska

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Year Founded:
1973
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Chris Sommerich
Main Address:
215 Centennial Mall South
Suite 330
Lincoln, NE 68508

What We Do

Humanities Nebraska inspires and enriches personal and public life by delivering opportunities to engage thoughtfully with history and culture.

Humanities Nebraska was established as a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973. Over the last four decades, 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
- Nebraska Chautauqua, The Fifties in Focus, a history festival with activities for all ages, in Ashland in 2020 (July 31 - August 1)
- Capitol Forum on America’s Future for high school students
- Prime Time Family Reading Time, a reading and discussion program, 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
- Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, an event bringing a humanities speaker to Nebraska every year, alternating between Omaha and Lincoln (in Lincoln in 2020)
- 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. https://humanitiesnebraska.org/literary-tour/welcome.html

Interesting Info

Humanities Nebraska funded Omaha-based programs with over $288,150 in 2018.
More than 50% of Prime Time Family reading programs will take place this year in Omaha at libraries, schools, community centers, Completely Kids and Girls Inc.
Over 11,000 people participated in Humanities Nebraska events in the Omaha area last year.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Love writing? Proofread for us! Flexible times
Repeats every week until Sat Dec 31 2022.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (All day)
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Help us with snail mail!
Repeats every week until Sat Dec 31 2022.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (All day)
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Love history? Be a Chautauqua Volunteer
Repeats every week until Sat Dec 31 2022.
Friday, July 10, 2020 (All day)
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Upcoming Events

25th Governor's Lecture in the Humanities September 22, 2020 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
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