Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Chris Sommerich
Primary 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 more than 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;

 ~ Speakers Bureau with 250 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, in Norfolk in Aug 2024;

 ~ 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;

~ Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities, an annual event bringing a humanities speaker to Nebraska, alternating between Omaha and Lincoln (in Lincoln Fall 2024, speaker to be announced soon!);

And partner programs like 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; Nebraska State Poet featuring Matt Mason through 2024, a joint program with the NE Arts Council.

Celebrating more than 50 years of what connects us and makes us human, Humanities Nebraska hopes to see you at a humanities program in 2024!

Interesting Info
  • Humanities Nebraska supports Omaha area nonprofits through grants!
  • More than 50% of Prime Time Family Reading programs are taking place in Omaha in 2024 in libraries, schools and community centers
  • Join us for noontime online 'Curiosity Connection' program on March 15 for Women's history month
Geographic Location

29th Governor's Lecture in the Humanities
Repeats daily at 7:00pm for 29 times
Duration of 2 hours
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Giving Tuesday with Share Omaha
Repeats daily at 12:00am for 32 times
Duration of 12 hours
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