Kansas Humanities Council

The Kansas Humanities Council connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Since 1972, KHC has been a partner and advocate for the cultural life of the state.

Democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens, and the humanities provide a way to gain both. Healthy communities depend on the humanities to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and viewpoints about historical and contemporary topics, opportunities to deepen understanding of our shared heritage, and encouragement for innovation in civic life.

To meet these needs, KHC makes available free humanities resources for community use. These include grant opportunities to create cultural events or preserve local historical artifacts and programs, including speakers on history topics, facilitators for book discussions, poet laureate presentations, and additional one-of-a-kind opportunities. KHC is the only organization dedicated to creating, supporting, and promoting the humanities as a resource for all Kansans.

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KHC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Individual and corporate contributions, funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and funding from the State of Kansas supports our work. Become a Friend of the Humanities and join us.


Calling all poets and poets-to-be with Kansas roots for HomeWords,  a weekly poetry column, edited by Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley,  to be published in newspapers across this great state. Read more…

The Great Escape

John Doy's rescue party, 1859. Image from kansasmemory.org, Kansas Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply.

John Doy’s rescue party, 1859. Image from kansasmemory.org, Kansas Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply.

In January 1859, John Doy was transporting slaves to freedom when he was captured and imprisoned by pro-slavery forces. Freed six months later in a daring escape, Doy’s story illustrates the escalating tensions along the Kansas-Missouri border in the 1850s. In commemoration of the 155th anniversary of  the event, KHC is sharing daily tweets with links to “John Doy’s Escape,” a Shared Stories of the Civil War reader’s theater script, on the KHC Blog. Follow #JD1859 on Twitter, or visit KHC’s Twitter page, to read daily tweets now through July 25th.

Want more? Stay tuned for another Shared Stories Twitter event in fall 2014 and check out more reader’s theater scripts. You can even stage a reader’s theater event in your community. Click here to find out how.

Shared Stories of the Civil War is a partnership between KHC and the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.