Minnesota Humanities Center

Understanding each other better through the humanities

The Minnesota Humanities Center collaborates with individuals, organizations, and communities to bring transformational humanities programming into the lives of Minnesotans throughout the state.

Our Mission

To spark positive change by increasing collective understanding of ourselves, our communities, and our histories through stories and experiences.

Commemorate Juneteenth with the Minnesota Humanities Center
June 19-21, 2024

Connect with MHC

Connect with MHC through our professional development offerings, immersive experiences, traveling exhibits, and more. Whether it’s online, at the Minnesota Humanities Event Center, or in your own community, we offer a variety of opportunities to connect, engage, and promote the humanities across Minnesota.

“The humanities protect and give life to our most enduring values. The very DNA of civilization is encoded in the poet’s song, the painter’s brushstroke, and the vibrant dialogue about ideas.”

Richard J.Franke – CEO of John Nuveen and Co. and Founder of the Chicago Humanities Festival

Upcoming Events

Jun
06
West St. Paul – Sketches of Minnesota

Registration now open! Join the Minnesota Humanities Center, Danger Boat Productions, and local host partners for the inaugural Sketches of Minnesota civic improv comedy tour! These free events will use laughter and comedy to celebrate Minnesota communities, promote dialogue, bridge divides, and help find ways to work constructively across differences in today’s political environment.

Jun
10
St. Paul – Learning from Place: Bdote

SOLD OUT. K-12 educators will receive 5 clock hours. Learning from Place: Bdote is an immersive experience that brings participants to sites of great significance to Dakota people in the Twin Cities. Participants will learn from Dakota community members through stories and histories that have often been left out of our state’s history.

Jun
19
St. Paul – Juneteenth Reckoning with Slavery: MN African American History

Co-produced by OMG Studios and the Minnesota Humanities Center, this documentary challenges our understanding of slavery, its impact on Minnesota, and how we reconcile our past by taking viewers on a present-day journey to Ghana, to the quarters of Harriet and Dred Scott, and into conversations with current and future scholars.

Jun
20
North Branch – We Are Water MN

The We Are Water MN traveling exhibit examines three ways of knowing water: personal stories, historical content, and scientific information. Visitors can explore stories both local and statewide and share their own stories of water’s importance in their life.