West Virginia Humanities Council, Inc.

West Virginia -- its PEOPLE, its HISTORY, its FUTURE -- is worth investing in.

aka WVHC   |   Charleston, WV   |  www.wvhumanities.org

Mission

The West Virginia Humanities Council, an independent nonpartisan nonprofit, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Founded in 1974, the Humanities Council works to promote a vigorous program in the humanities statewide in West Virginia.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Dr. Eric Waggoner

Main address

1310 Kanawha Blvd E

Charleston, WV 25301 USA

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EIN

55-0553594

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Our programs

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The West Virginia Humanities Council

The West Virginia Humanities Council provides funds in support of public, humanities-based programming. Some direct projects are designed and implemented by WVHC staff. Other funds, in the form of grants awarded by the Council, support programs conceived and implemented by other nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. The Council is committed to supporting projects that stimulate dialogue, encourage critical thinking, attract diverse audiences, and encourage discovery of the humanities in interesting and exciting ways.

Population(s) Served

e-WV: the West Virginia Encyclopedia builds from the major information resource represented by the West Virginia Encyclopedia. Its 2,200 articles serve as the knowledge base for the online resource, and provides its text content and basic scope. It is expanded by the acquisition and digitization of supplementary media, including still images, video and audio recordings, as well as existing and custom cartography, and the searchable database whose face is the e-WV website.

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History Alive! is a program that brings historical characters to life through portrayals by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their character.  History Alive! presenters have conducted thorough research on the characters they portray. After studying primary sources such as autobiographies, journals, letters, and diaries, our presenters gain extensive insight into their character. Whenever possible they use their character's own words in their presentations. They develop their presentation based on scholarship and analysis of the character rather than by memorizing a script.

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The Council maintains an effort each year that builds upon the restoration of the historic property, including landscaping and upgrading public access to the 1836 MacFarland-Hubbard House.

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The West Virginia Folklife Program is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, presentation, and support of West Virginia’s vibrant cultural heritage and living traditions. The West Virginia Folklife Program employs West Virginia’s first state folklorist to carry out this work.

Often defined as the “art of everyday life,” folklife refers to art and culture that is based in and reflective of traditional knowledge and connection to community.

The mission of the West Virginia Folklife Program is to document the diverse folklife traditions of West Virginia and advance understanding and appreciation of traditional culture through the development of public programs, publications, and other media.

West Virginia Folklife also seeks to reinforce cultural heritage and living traditions by supporting and expanding opportunities for traditional artists, performers, and tradition bearers; assisting communities and community scholars throughout the state in the development of plans and projects to strengthen their own cultural traditions; and contributing and facilitating collaboration among those individuals, organizations, colleges and universities, and state government programs engaged in folklife activities.

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Where we work

Accreditations

National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property 1975

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2014

Goals & Strategy

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The West Virginia Humanities Council provides community-based lifelong learning opportunities to enrich the lives of all West Virginians. The Humanities Council re-grants program is designed to offer financial support for public humanities programming developed and implemented by nonprofit organizations throughout the state. The Council is committed to supporting projects that stimulate meaningful dialogue, attract diverse audiences, and encourage discovery of the humanities in interesting and exciting ways. In hundreds of programs made possible by the Humanities Council each year, citizens and scholars explore the heritage of our state and gain new perspectives on the human condition - past, present, and future.
We believe that the humanities are indispensable because they engage us in the basic questions of human existence, who we are, what we value. The humanities encompass the range of human experience. Through the humanities we discover meaning that illuminates our individual lives, as well as the connections that bind people and cultures together. The work of the West Virginia Humanities Council is to broaden the humanities experience of all West Virginians.

An important goal of the Council is that West Virginians come to understand and appreciate the value of the humanities in daily life. To achieve this, we are committed to creating communities of scholars and citizens in which the meaning of the humanities is explored; to serving all West Virginians, particularly those not traditionally served by other cultural and educational institutions; to achieving broad citizen participation; to fostering a humanities network linking scholars and organizations; and to advocating for the humanities among policymakers and the public.
A vital part of our mission is to provide leadership to humanities groups, institutions, schools, and individuals. We have worked to establish the Council as the standard bearer for the humanities in West Virginia. We respond to a diversity of needs through technical assistance, dissemination of information, advocacy, distribution of our quarterly publication People & Mountains, grants, advisory support, and program delivery.

The Council staff is a committed, well-established group, with average tenure of employment exceeding five years. There is occasional turnover at all levels, but top leadership has been remarkably stable. Veteran executive director Charles Daugherty left in 1996 after nearly twenty years, and Ken Sullivan, the present director, began work in 1997. Our philosophy has been to remain a streamlined operation with a small, highly professional staff.

We see our Council evolving over the next three and five years toward a bigger, better version of what it is today. We will seek overall growth and particularly to grow the portion of our resources devoted to our product, the humanities services we provide to the citizens of West Virginia.

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West Virginia Humanities Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2019
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Board co-chair

Charlie Delauder


Board co-chair

Billy Joe Peyton

West Virginia State University

Term: 2015 - 2021

Tia McMillan

Corporate Vice President

Stan Cavendish

Retired Corporate President/CEO

Frances Hensley

University Vice-President

Sarah Denman

Retired University Provost

Kay Goodwin

WV Cabinet Secretary of Education and the Arts

Elisabeth Rose

Attorney

James Rowley

Foundation President

Karen Stakem

Former U.S. Senator Staff Member

Susan Hardesty

Community Leader

Kevin Barksdale

Assistant Professor of American History

Jay Cole

University President’s Chief of Staff

Dan Foster

Doctor/Former State Senator

Larry Grimes

College Director of Church Relations

Cheryl Hartley

Retail General Manager

Susan Landis

Community Foundation Executive Director

Gerald Milnes

Folklorist

Dolores Yoke

Retired Business Manager

Lisa Welch

Community Leader

Raymond Smock

Historian

Charlie Delauder

Town Mayor

Elliot Hicks

Ellerbee Environmental & Technical Company

Billy Joe Peyton

West Virginia State University

Timothy Sweet

West Virginia University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes