Florida Humanities Council: A Must For Understanding the State

By: Gary McKechnie


As the ‘Off the Beaten Path’ Insider, I’m constantly amazed and impressed that my facebook friends are so keenly interested in not just rural destinations, but in Old Florida, kitschy Floridana, Florida art, Florida authors, artists, culture, and music…

In other words, they have a passion for the humanities.

And the Florida Humanities Council is a non-profit organization that celebrates all of this. As a Florida native, sometimes I think I know almost everything about my home state. But then I read their magazine, Forum, and spend time on their website and feel I'm just getting started.

From what’s happening today to what happened here 100, 200 or more than 1,000 years ago, the FHC reminds us how fortunate we are to be here. It's a great feeling to know there's so much more to discover -- it keeps you engaged.

What else? The FHC provides grants to non-profit organizations for public humanities programs and cultural resources in their communities; they design and coordinate workshops for K-12 teachers; and they conduct heritage tours, operate a humanities speakers bureau, and partner with libraries to provide family literacy programs and cultural exhibits.


Check the links for what the Florida Humanities Council does, and maybe even join ($125) and perhaps even get involved. At the very least, read their magazine from cover to cover. It’s a given you’re going to learn something.

And love Florida even more.

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