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About Us

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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).

Our Reach

Our Reach

The Humanities Center serves the entire state of Minnesota — from Warroad to Austin, Moorhead to Duluth — and everything in between. Our programs, events, exhibits, and resources span the state and have done so for our nearly 50 year history.

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Core Values

Core Values

•Build and strengthen relationships
•Recognize the power of story and the danger of   absence
•Learn from and with multiple voices
•Amplify community solutions for change

Human-Powered Humanities Takes All of Us

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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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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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.


Contact Us


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

Telephone & Fax

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