Providing a Gateway to Expanded Understanding, Curiosity, and Learning

About Us

Providing a Gateway to Expanded Understanding, Curiosity, and Learning

Our Mission

Building a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society.

The Minnesota Humanities Center is a statewide nonprofit and full service event center located in St. Paul, Minnesota. We collaborate with organizations and people through education, partnerships, and public programs to inspire community conversations, forge deep connections, and illuminate authentic, diverse voices across the state — especially those left out, marginalized, or otherwise absent from our education and public awareness.

“The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word.”
-J. Irwin Miller.

The Humanities Center offers a new way to think about our future — grounded in the humanities. We help people listen, connect, and understand each other better — because we know isolation and division are dangerous. As our state changes and grows even more diverse, communities are too often choosing not to listen to each other. As a result, we experience gaps and breakdowns. The Humanities Center’s approach affirms we’re all in this together — using philosophy, literature, civics, history, language, and more — we focus on what unites us not divides us — bringing the humanities out of scholarly institutions and into the lives of everyday Minnesotans.

The Humanities Center is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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Minnesota Humanities Center
987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

Map & Directions

Telephone & Fax

(T) 651-774-0105
(F) 651-774-0205

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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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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