Humanities Festival

Every year, SC Humanities sponsors the Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in 19 different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups. 

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that the 2020 Humanities Festival will be hosted by Berkeley County from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25. Join our mailing list for more information on family-friendly events, including exhibits, guided tours, book discussions, documentary screenings, and parades! 

Thank you, York County!

A Thank You From Randy Akers

On behalf of South Carolina Humanities, I would like to thank the citizens of York County, and Jennifer Waller, Andrew Clinton, and the staff of Visit York County for hosting and sponsoring the 25th annual South Carolina Humanities Festival.

Visit York County and ten participating cultural partners did a fabulous job in organizing and planning three days of programs that helped all of us understand the rich history of York County and its importance within the state.   Lectures, exhibits, tours, and workshops held in numerous cultural facilities not only entertained and informed but also fostered an appreciation of the community and its assets.   Cultural programming adds quality and value to our communities and we salute York County for supporting its university and schools, colleges, libraries, museums, churches, and arts organizations which contribute to the quality of life in the community. 

Randy L. Akers
Executive Director, South Carolina Humanities   

Previous Humanities Festival Hosts

2019 – York County
2018 – Aiken
2017 – Gaffney
2016 – Beaufort
2015 – Camden
2014 – Walterboro
2013 – Summerville
2011 – Sumter
2010 – Chester
2009 – Bennettsville
2008 – Lake City
2007 – Newberry
2006 – Georgetown
2005 – Greenville
2004 – Winnsboro
2003 – Spartanburg
2002 – Pendleton
2001 – Florence
2000 – Beaufort
1999 – Aiken
1997 – Greenwood
1996 – Hartsville
1995 – Beaufort
1994 – Beaufort
1993 – Beaufort

Previous Humanities Festivals

2019 SC Humanities Festival – York County – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2018 SC Humanities Festival – Aiken – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2017 SC Humanities Festival – Gaffney – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2016 SC Humanities Festival – Beaufort – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2015 SC Humanities Festival – Camden – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2014 SC Humanities Festival – Walterboro – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Word document 

2013 SC Humanities Festival – Summerville – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Word document

2011 SC Humanities Festival – Sumter – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | pdf file

For more information about the South Carolina Humanities Festival, please contact us.