Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

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                                 Water/Ways Exhibition Tour - Click here for the latest information

                               Featured Program – NCHC’s “Watershed Moments” Statewide Read!

December 9, 2020 at 6:30 Book Discussion of Dry - Come ready to talk, listen, and learn in this highly interactive session!  Join us as we break out into facilitated small groups to discuss Dry. Register Here 

January 19, 2021 at 6:30: Panel Discussion of The Water Knife - Join us for a panel discussion on the science behind science fiction featuring author and professor emeritus Dr. John Kessel and journalist and author Jacqui Castle in conversation about the themes of natural disasters, climate change, and the water supply as presented in The Water Knife. The panel will be moderated by Charlotte Readers Podcast host, Landis Wade. Register here

Learn more about our Statewide Read programming here.

Founded in 1972, the North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people. Through programs and partnerships, the Council preserves and shares the stories that bring North Carolina’s culture to life and enrich the lives of residents across the state.


Our web calendar in the right-hand menu lists upcoming events and activities. All event dates and times are listed as they were submitted to the Council. Please contact the local project director listed on the event link to confirm details.

Please note, our website is currently undergoing revisions and some items may have moved. If you are having issues locating information please email nchc@nchumanities.org or call 704.687.1520.

Welcome to C. Thomas Steele, Jr. of Burlington, NC

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 6, 2021) – North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce the election of C. Thomas Steele, Jr. to the organization’s Board of Trustees. Effective November 1, 2020, the Board of the North Carolina Humanities Council is composed of 22 passionate volunteers from across the state.

Participants will enjoy free access to two pre-selected books, virtual discussions with guest speakers and fellow readers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 5, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) is launching its Statewide Read program – a virtual book club for residents across the state – that dives headfirst into a highly topical subject, climate change, through preselected works of fiction.

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 2, 2020) The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce Mildred K Barya as the recipient of its 2020 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her creative non-fiction entry, “Being Here in This Body.”

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 18, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce $110,197 in Large Grant funding to eight community-based public humanities programs happening across North Carolina. Funded projects include hands-on history kits for students, heritage workshops, veterans’ oral history collection, and symposia for teachers on topics including Native experiences, the Holocaust, and civil rights.

North Carolina Center for the Book Announces Selection for 2020 Discover Great Places Through Reading

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 20, 2020) 
This article was amended September 2, 2020

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $636,767 in NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant funding to 60 museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural nonprofit organizations across North Carolina.

This grant funding will directly support expenses such as staff salaries, general operating costs which support humanities programming, and the digitization of collections and resources to make them available online.