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Delaware Humanities is Delaware’s independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Founded in 1973, Delaware Humanities strengthens our communities by encouraging all Delawareans to be inspired, informed, and engaged through exploring the diversity of the human experience.

Featured Events

May 27, 2021 12:00 pm

Do you remember the first time you realized your body could be broken or harmed?

Join us for a short discussion of the poem “By the Neck” by Laura Johnsrude and the poem “My Mother’s Body” by Thomas Dooley.

This Literature and Medicine themed session is co-hosted by the Department of Health and Social Services Library.

The event is free, but registration is required.


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June 9, 2021 5:30 pm

In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world; or you can just jump off it.

Sterling, New Hampshire is a small, unremarkable town until one day a school shooting leaves 10 people dead and 19 wounded.  After that violent day, the town’s residents must learn to deal with loss in all its forms and figuring out how to heal as the trial of the shooter places their town into the national spotlight.  Jodi Picoult’s 2007 challenged novel Nineteen Minutes reflects on the struggles surrounding loss, healing, forgiveness, anger, and guilt.

Registration required.


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Winter 2020/2021 brings a new Vision for Grants

  • We are implementing our Strategic Plan (more to follow), so we’re embarking on a Listening Tour to learn about how we can best serve Delawareans through the grants we award and the programming we do
  • During this time, our Spring Vision Grants – normally solicited in early April, will be paused.
  • We will continue to process and award Opportunity Grants throughout 2021 to qualified Delaware nonprofit organizations.
  • For further details, see the Grants Page.




May 27, 2021 12:00 pm
June 24, 2021 5:00 pm


  • Black Lives Matter in Delaware

    June 10, 2020

    The killing of George Floyd has brought attention once again to systemic racial inequalities in America, and a lot has already been said. Rather than reiterate what so many in the Black community have been saying for generations, Delaware Humanities would instead like to place a spotlight on those voices in our state.

    There is never a better time to listen to those most affected by the ongoing atrocity of racism and injustice. The humanities help us to understand what it means to be human. With such a wide array of human experiences across cultures and communities, the only way to truly understand is to engage in the learning process both actively and reflectively….


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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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  • Fall Cycle FY21 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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