In 1971, at the invitation of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a committee of five Kansans established the Kansas Committee for the Humanities to foster appreciation of the humanities among the out-of-school adult public and to relate the humanities to issues of public policy. In 1972, the Committee hired Marion Cott as executive director, received its first NEH award of $125,000, and approved 14 grants over a 12-month period. Forty years, a name change, and a change in directions later, the Kansas Humanities Council’s commitment to engaging Kansans with the humanities is still going strong.
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