How do you sum up the past 50 years?

SC Humanities is entering its fiftieth year as a humanities council. We invite you to join us as we reflect upon how we got to this point and look ahead to where we are going from here. 

Written by Executive Director Dr. Randy Akers, this publication looks back at the first fifty years of the humanities council. Glimpse archival images while you learn about how this council has grown and changed over the years. 


The Humanities Are For Everyone! On March 11, 2023, at the SC Department of Archives and History in Columbia, we will celebrate where we’ve been and look forward to where we’re going.  It will be a wonderful evening of food and music, along with a few special guest attendees. 


SCH is developing a traveling exhibit through a partnership with the SC State Museum, the SC Department of Archives & History, and the Native American Studies Center of the University of South Carolina Lancaster.  Directed by our consultant Alice Taylor-Colbert, Resilience and Revolution: Native Peoples in 18th Century South Carolina will provide fresh research and perspective on that important century in the history of our state and nation.  The project is funded by an NEH A More Perfect Union grant and a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. 

A message from NEH Chair Shelly Lowe

As numerous humanities councils across the nation are reaching their 50th-anniversary milestone, Shelly Lowe, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, shares this message.

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