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Delaware Humanities provides educational outreach, special projects, and funding opportunities to bring Delawareans together. We connect cultural, educational, and civic institutions statewide to provide public events that enhance our understanding of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going as individuals, communities, and citizens of Delaware.

Featured Events

April 9, 2020 12:00 pm

Can you feel good about feeling bad?

Take a lunch break and join us for a short conversation based on Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “In Praise of Feeling Bad About Yourself”.

At a time when many of us are physically separated, Delaware Humanities plans to host some “Distant Discussions” to bring us together. We will use videos, shorts stories, poems, and more to bridge the gap between us, when a sense of community and being united is especially important.

Use this link to read the poem.

To join the conversation, please register.

Contact us with any questions!


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May 1, 2020 11:59 pm

See our Grants page for more information.


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Apply For a Grant

The Grants Program is a statewide resource for supporting lectures, festivals, panel discussions, walking tours, and other humanities-based ventures throughout our state of Delaware. Through our Grants program, Delaware Humanities distributes  funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other nonprofits.

** Spring Vision Grant NEWS: Due to COVID 19, we are extending our Deadlines. Rough Drafts are DUE by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Final Drafts are DUE by 11:59 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020. ** 
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May 3, 2020 2:00 pm
@New Castle County Bear Library
Bear, Delaware


  • A Note From The Executive Director

    April 1, 2020


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  • Delaware Humanities COVID-19 Message

    March 16, 2020

    Delaware Humanities believes that public health and safety are top priorities.

    With the growing prevalence of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, in Delaware, we are monitoring on a daily basis both federal and state guidance on how to minimize exposure to and spread of the virus. The health and peace of mind of our staff, board, partners, grantees, and program participants will guide our decision-making in the coming weeks.

    We will post updates on our website. We will also keep our calendar up to date. We recommend that you periodically visit us here at our website and on our calendar of events for the latest information on the status of program and grant-supported events.


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  • No Longer Available

    March 12, 2020

    ATTENTION: Delaware Humanities web and email communications will no longer be available at the domain As of now, ALL online communication and resources will utilize the domain

    For Partners: All promotional materials referencing the Delaware Humanities website and contact information for our staff should use


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  • Fall Cycle Vision Grants Awarded!

    January 30, 2020

    Congratulations to all of our newly minted grantees – we awarded 7 Vision Grants, with funds totaling $68,750.00!

    * Bowers Beach Maritime Museum: Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash
    * Delaware Historical Society: Women, Politics, and Activism Public Program Series
    * Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League: Delaware Main Street Marshall Plan Speaker Series
    * One Village Alliance: Girls Can Do Anything 2020!
    * Choir School of Delaware: Brush Up Your Shakespeare
    * The Colored Conventions Project/University of Delaware: Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Civil and Voting Rights Pioneer from Wilmington to Canada West
    * The Delaware Contemporary: A Contemporary Centennial: Representation Today


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