Our Mission & Impact

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New Hampshire Humanities connects people and ideas by funding and supporting statewide programs that inspire curiosity, foster civil dialogue, and explore big questions.

We envision a future where people come together to learn about themselves and others, appreciate different perspectives, and promote the common good.

Our Values:

We believe that education is a lifelong process and is vital to each individual and to the strength of our communities, our state, and the nation. We believe that engagement with the humanities and their capacity to explore stories within the American experience is critical to understanding the democratic process and can enrich the lives of all people in New Hampshire. The quality and integrity of our programs, grants, and opportunities requires that they be offered by, accessible to, and in collaboration with a diverse group of people, especially the voices of those whose stories have not been fully or accurately represented throughout history. In fulfilling our mission to reach all people of this state, we strive to be inclusive and equitable in all that we do.

Learn more in our Annual Report.


For almost 50 years, New Hampshire Humanities has been connecting people to culture, history, places, ideas, and one another.

We bring the thrill of discovery and the power of ideas to people of all walks of life, from all corners of our state. 

We support local cultural and educational institutions by awarding grants for innovative educational programs and capacity building.

We invite citizens to reason together, to learn from and listen to one another.

We offer teachers cost-effective, content-rich professional development that strengthens the teaching of the humanities in our schools, from civics to Native American history.

And we develop communities of readers, especially among those struggling with literacy and those new citizens just learning about their new culture and government.


New Hampshire Humanities acknowledges that we are in the homelands of Indigenous people. We offer our respect for their history and culture, and for the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for generations to come.

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