Humanities Nebraska Boards of Directors to Meet in Chadron Area this Week


The Humanities Nebraska (HN) board of directors is meeting in Chadron this week. HN is a private, statewide nonprofit with a mission to help people explore what connects us and makes us human.

“Humanities Nebraska serves our entire state, so it is important for our board and staff to visit communities and experience the humanities at work in every region,” said Chris Sommerich, HN executive director. “Board members from Omaha and Lincoln, for example, love having opportunities to learn about great projects and meet wonderful community members in western Nebraska.”

The organization is served by dedicated volunteers on two boards: the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities. Board members are selected statewide from nominees who show a strong interest in the humanities and the cultural life of Nebraska, with special emphasis on community leaders from the state’s diverse geographic, occupational and ethnic constituencies. Humanities Nebraska seeks a balance between scholarly involvement in the humanities and other professional, business or community endeavors. The boards meet three times annually, in January, April and September.

While in the Chadron area, board members will have a business meeting and major grant review in the Mari Sandoz Heritage Center at Chadron State College on Friday, September 15. Board members and HN staff will also pay visits to the Dawes County History Museum, the Museum of the Fur Trade, and Fort Robinson State Park and the park’s History Center.

Anyone interested in learning more or in nominating someone to serve on the board should visit the HN website at and select “Board of Directors.” Board nominations for 2024 are due October 20, 2023.

Humanities Nebraska is celebrating 50 years of what connects us and makes us human. Let your curiosity get the best of you and discover events throughout 2023 and during Humanities Week October 7-15, 2023. HN is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, an appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature, private donations, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, a public-private partnership with state dollars matching private dollars to benefit the arts and humanities in Nebraska.