Maryland Humanities Council

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Programs that involve, inform, and encourage.

Audience members learning via the Chautauqua reader before a Living History performance.

Each year Maryland Humanities Council programs reach nearly 1.5 million Marylanders.

In summer performances, scholar performers bring to life the personalities and accomplishments of important figures in history. Audience interactions through question and answer sessions make these shows fast-moving and fascinating. Presented at six locations accross the state.

Humanities Connection
Humanities Connection is a weekly segment on Thursdays at 5:45pm on WYPR 88.1fm that explores the intersection of the humanities and our daily lives, featuring MHC scholars, highlighting grantee projects and programs, and more.

Hometown Teams
This Smithsonian exhibit will travel to selected sites across Maryland from February 2015 to November 2015. Sports are an indelible part of our culture and community. For well over one hundred years sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape our national character. This exhibition celebrates Americans' love for sports, from little league to Olympians and everything in between.

Maryland Center for the Book
A series of programs that promotes books, reading, libraries, Maryland writers, and the state’s literary heritage.  For example:

  • One Maryland One Book – What if your book group had five million members? One Maryland/One Book encourages Marylanders from across the state to read and discuss one common book to reconnect with literature and their communities
  • Letters About Literature – Kids (grades 4-12) demonstrate just how life-changing a good book can be by writing letters to their favorite authors
  • Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® – Health care professionals at Maryland hospitals connect with patients and each other through reading and discussion
  • Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour – Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore’s literary luminaries with our Literary Mount Vernon walking tour map
  • Book Festivals – Celebrate books with thousands of other bibliophiles!

Maryland History Day
Much more than just a “day.” Each year, MHC encourages Maryland students to research, analyze, and develop their own year-long projects based on historic events and people. The competition begins at a school level and builds to county, state, and national contests.

Practicing Democracy
Practicing Democracy brings Marylanders together to provide an opportunity for people of divergent views to convene for passionate, respectful and effective civic dialogue. Practicing Democracy uses the humanities to create a safe, shared space for open dialogue

Speakers Bureau
Knowledgeable speakers engage audiences across the state on a wide variety of topics, reaching over 5,000 people annually.

Partner Programs
MHC welcomes partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.