Minnesota Humanities Center

Who We Are

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.

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987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106


Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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

“MHC is doing something extraordinary in their leadership, programs, and grantmaking. The care and attention to absent narratives allows for breakthrough thinking related to public education, how to be a scholar, how to think with indigenous communities, and how to be an ethical grantmaker.”

National Endowment for the Humanities

Our Work

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.

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Staff and Board

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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Career Opportunities

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

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