Providing a Gateway to Expanded Understanding, Curiosity, and Learning

About Us

Providing a Gateway to Expanded Understanding, Curiosity, and Learning


The Minnesota Humanities Center connects our past, present, and future by bringing people together to increase understanding and spark change.


A just society that is connected, curious, and compassionate.

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) collaborates with individuals, organizations, and communities to bring transformational humanities programming into the lives of Minnesotans throughout the state. Using story as a catalyst, we produce, create, and support projects and programs that explore a range of subjects. Founded in 1971, MHC is an independent nonprofit affiliated with and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. MHC is also a grantmaking organization and operates a full-service event center in a historic building on St. Paul’s East Side.

In 2019, MHC completed a new strategic framework that affirms our identity and key priorities. Through educational opportunities, cultural experiences, and public engagement, we are committed to making the humanities more broadly relevant and accessible to people across the state.

Why the Humanities Matter

While the humanities mean different things to different people, they are broadly defined as studies about human culture, including philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language. The humanities provide us with tools for reflection, inquiry, analysis, respectful dialogue, and change. They teach empathy, cultural awareness and competence, and communications skills.

We believe in the power of humanities to connect people and communities, bridge differences, interpret the complexities of our world, and positively shape our collective future.

Our Work

Our Work

Through our workshops, traveling exhibits, documentaries, published works and more, we engage people all over the state in a variety of ways – and have for nearly 50 years.

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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet the men and women who bring the resources of the humanities to address the challenges and opportunities of our times to people across the state.

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Join Our Team

Join Our Team

The Minnesota Humanities Center is committed to a diverse work environment. Applicants from all communities are encouraged to apply.

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Our History

Our History

Founded in 1971, the Minnesota Humanities Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Human-Powered Humanities Takes All of Us

In Touch Compliance

The Minnesota Humanities Center encourages anyone with a concern or issue related to our work or that of our employees, independent contractors, or volunteers to use the In Touch compliance hotline to confidentially address their concern(s).

  1. Dial Toll-Free 1-877-767-7781 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  2. Follow the instructions for leaving a message. Write down the five-digit case number you are assigned.
  3. A written transcript of your call will be sent to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Personnel Committee Chair at the Minnesota Humanities Center.
  4. Your call can be anonymous. Leave your name and telephone number if you prefer a direct response.
  5. For a management response, call back after five business days. Be sure to have your case number ready.

You may also contact In Touch by submitting your concern via the web.
Unless you indicate otherwise, your name and email address will be removed from the message before it is sent to company management.

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