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Minnesota Humanities Center

Also known as:
Minnesota Humanities Center Board
Minnesota Humanities Commission
Active dates:1971 -

The Minnesota Humanities Center, a nonprofit organization, was established to advance the study of the humanities and enhance the work of schools, colleges, and cultural organizations throughout the state.

It is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities and fulfills its mission through humanities-based programs including professional development opportunities, early literacy workshops, and bilingual and heritage language programming.

Preceded by:

Founded in 1971, the Humanities Center is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the first few decades of its existence, the group was known as the Minnesota Humanities Commission. A unanimous vote by the Commission's board of directors in 2007 led to a name change and it has since been known as the Minnesota Humanities Center.

The Minnesota Humanities Center is both a physical entity and the name the former Board of Directors of the Humanities Commission goes by. In 2007, the Humanities Commission board voted unanimously to change its name to the Minnesota Humanities Center. A March 26, 2007 news release states: "This change communicates the central roles the humanities play in education and our role as the organizing center for humanities education programs statewide. The name also connects our programs to the building in which we office and conduct many of our programs."

The offices and many of the programs of the Humanities Center are housed in a full-service meeting and event center on St. Paul's East Side, near Lake Phalen. The facility is also used by a variety of clientele for meetings, retreats, small conferences, and special events.


As of 2012, the Minnesota Humanities Center is governed by a 24-member board of directors. Members serve four-year terms, volunteer their time, and come from all areas of the state, reflecting the state's cultural and geographic diversity. Members are elected by the board of directors at its quarterly meetings.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1976-2019.
Record last updated: 08/08/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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