Connecting People with Ideas


Inspiring a tolerant, literate, and intellectually inquisitive Idaho citizenry.

The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) is a non-profit organization serving as a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). We are dedicated to serving Idaho citizens by promoting greater public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities.


Bringing the Humanities to You!

We work with organizations as partners to develop local humanities projects and programs, and by sponsoring our own Council-conducted programs, such as summer institutes in the humanities for K-12 teachers, library reading/discussion programs in small communities, traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution, a Humanities Speakers Bureau, and Distinguished Humanities Lectures.


Need funding for a humanities project?

We offer grants to support projects involving Idaho citizens that focus on literature, history, philosophy, art history, archaeology and other humanities disciplines. 

Learn more about these grants, as well as CARES Act grants, below.


Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Native Women Writers and Colonial Domesticity at the Federal Indian Boarding Schools

Title:  "Native Women Writers and Colonial Domesticity at the Federal Indian Boarding Schools" Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Dr. Amanda ...

Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp

Title:  "Minidoka:  An American Concentration Camp" Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm MDT Hanako Wakatsuki, Chief of Interpretation and Education at the ...

Parlor Nights at the Boise Art Museum

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage humanities discussions | music of the era | great art Women, Literature & Music – This event ...

IHC to Honor David Lachiondo for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities, Thursday, February 20th

The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) will present Dr. David Lachiondo with IHC’s highest honor—the Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award.  The award will be presented ...

Mary Todd Lincoln, The First “First Lady”

Speaker:  Janet Worthington Mary Todd Lincoln was one of the daughters in a prominent family in Lexington. Kentucky. In 1839,  Mary moved to Springfield, Illinois, ...

CSI: Social Science Symposium

Speaker:  Tracy Morrison Please contact the Herrett Center for more details.

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