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Who We Are

Humanities Montana is Montana's independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), founded in 1972 by thirteen Montana citizens—academic and civic leaders—in response to Congress' National Arts and Humanities Act of 1965. Since that time, Humanities Montana has benefited hundreds of Montana organizations and thousands of its citizens, providing support for public programs in the humanities throughout the state. Humanities Montana's educational and cultural programs help Montanans develop a deeper understanding of humanity's values and beliefs, intellectual achievements, diverse cultures, and heritages.

Mission & Vision

Humanities Montana will enrich the lives of all Montanans by fostering inquiry and stimulating civil and informed conversations about the human experience.

We believe in the capacity of the humanities—history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, ethics, and more—to

  • Stimulate reflection
  • Create knowledge
  • Resolve problems
  • Inspire delight.

We provide and support public programs that

  • Explore issues of enduring and contemporary concern
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Examine civic issues
  • Deepen our understanding of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

Be sure to read Humanities Montana's 2015-2019 Strategic Plan to learn more about our vision for the coming years.


Humanities Montana is a six-time recipient of the Federation of State Humanities Councils' Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Excellence in Public Programming, given annually since 1983 to the nation's top public humanities programs. Humanities Montana has won the Schwartz Prize for "Logon '83" (1984), "Montana This Morning" (1994), "Bozeman Trail Heritage Conference" (2000), "Confluence of Cultures" (2004), "Public Affairs Initiative" (2009) and "Hometown Humanities" (2015).

In 2005, Humanities Montana and its Montana Center for the Book were honored by the Library of Congress with its annual Daniel J. Boorstin Award for excellence and innovation in reading and literary promotion.

In 2008, Humanities Montana was honored as a "Special Friend to Libraries," an annual award given by the Montana Library Association.

Finally, the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book was featured in the book 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die.