Our Impact

Humanities During the Pandemic

Wisconsin Humanities provided $1.3 million of rapid-response funding to over 150 nonprofit organizations facing financial hardship resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2020 and 2021, Wisconsin Humanities provided rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These WH CARES grants were followed by WH Recovery Grants. To date, we have awarded over 1.3 million dollars to over 150 nonprofit organizations across the state. We have been hearing that these funds have provided crucial support during difficult times. Some of these stories are shared here.

Funding for the CARES grants was been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. A list of CARES grantees is below.

Funding for the RECOVERY grants was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. A list of Recovery grantees is below.



Stories of the Humanities at Work

Fermentation Fest 2020

Over the course of nine days in the fall of 2020, visitors stayed ‘one cow apart’ to experience the creative work that farmers and artists do everyday. Wisconsin Humanities is proud to have supported the biennial Art/Farm DTour, produced by Wormfarm Institute, and spoke with the project director recently to learn about how special adaptations were made to keep visitors, and presenters, safe during the pandemic. What was learned, and how will this impact future fests?


Walker's Point Center for the Arts

For over 30 years, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts has been a vibrant local hub for arts education, exhibition, and engagement.

Superior Public Museums

Superior Public Museums strives to preserve the rich history of Superior, Wisconsin, and to share that history with the community.

Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac has a special place in the hearts of many area families. Children come to play, learn, and forge lasting connections with their caregivers and their community.

Kenosha Historical Society & Museums

Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a city with a rich history. Its harbor on Lake Michigan brought the very first settlers to the region and has brought many types of industry.

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center

Norskedalen is a unique place that allows visitors to reflect on human heritage, the natural world, and how the two intertwine.

Lodi Public Library

Public libraries offer so many opportunities for people to engage with history, culture, and ideas—on bookshelves, in community spaces, and even at home.

CARES Grant Recipients


Algoma Public Library

Alma Public Library

Barron County Historical Society

Bayfield Carnegie Library

Bayfield Heritage Association

Bekkum Memorial Library-Westby

Beloit Historical Society

Black Arts MKE Inc.

Black Earth Public Library

Bloomington Public Library

Brandon Public Library

Buffalo County Historical Society, Inc.

Campbellsport Public Library

Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

Chippewa Valley Museum

Cobb Public Library

Coloma Public Library

De Soto Public Library

Door County Historical Society

Douglas County Historical Society

Dunn County Historical Society

Eager Free Public Library

Eagle River Historical Society

Ephraim Historical Foundation

Ex Fabula, Inc - Milwaukee

Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County/Literacy Council of Sheboygan County

Farnsworth Public Library/Oconto

Folklore Village Farm, Inc

Friends of Hearthstone, Inc.

Friends of the Lodi Public Library

Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison

Grant County Historical Society

Milton Historical Society

Mineral Point Public Library


Hancock Public Library

Historic Indian Agency House (National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin)

Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

History Museum at the Castle

Jane Morgan Memorial Library/Cambria

Johnson Creek Public Library

Kenosha County Historical Society

Kewaunee Public Library

La Crosse County Historical Society

Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Society

Madison Reading Project

Manitowoc County Historical Society

Marinette and Oconto Counties Literary Council, Inc.

Marathon County Historical Society

Markesan Public Library

Marsh Haven Nature Center - Waupun

Mount Horeb Area Historical Society, Inc.

Neenah Historical Society

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center/Coon Valley

North Freedom Public Library

New Richmond Preservation Society/NR Heritage Center

New Glarus HIstorical Society

Optimist Theatre - Milwaukee

Ozaukee County Historical Society

Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum/Wisconsin Logging Museum

Poy Sippi Public Library

Prairie du Chien Historical Society, Inc.

Princeton Public Library

Pump House Regional Arts Center - La Crosse

Racine County Historical Society and Museum. Inc.

Redgranite Library

Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center

Rock County Historical Society

Sauk County Historical Society, Inc.

Sheboygan County Historical Research Center

Sheboygan County Historical Society

Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library - Hayward

Spring Green Community Library

Sturm Memorial Library – City of Manawa

Superior Public Museums, Inc.

Tomah Area Historical Society, Inc.

Vang Council of La Crosse, Inc.

Vernon County Historical Society

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

Winneconne Public Library

Winter Public Library

Wyocena Public Library

Recovery Grant Recipients



Adams County Historical Society

African Heritage, Inc

Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.

Alfred & Lois Kelch Aviation Museum

Appleton Historical Society

Art Start

Badger History Group

Bayfield Heritage Association

Beloit Historical Society

Bembe Drum and Dance

Black Arts MKE, Inc.

Black Earth Historical Society

Black Earth Public Library


Burnett County Historical Society

CAPITA Productions, Inc.

Chippewa Valley Museum

Coloma Area Historical Society

D.R. Moon Memorial Library

Dane County Historical Society

Dane County Library Service

Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation (America’s Black Holocaust Museum)

Dunn County Historical Society

Eagle River Historical Society

Egg Harbor Historical Society

Ex Fabula

Farnsworth Public Library


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block, Inc.

Friends of Hearthstone

Hawks Inn Historical Society

Heritage Military Music Foundation

Historic Milwaukee

History Museum at the Castle

Irvin L Young Memorial Library

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Kenosha Public Library

Kenosha Public Museums

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

La Crosse County Historical Society

La Crosse Public Library

Lafayette County Historical Society

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

Langlade County Historical Society

Madison Children’s Museum

Madison Trust for Historic Preservation

Manitowoc County Historical Society

Marathon County Historical Society

Marquette University

McIntosh Memorial Library

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Milton Historical Society

Milwaukee County Historical Society

Milwaukee Preservation Alliance

Mondovi Public Library

Muehl Public Library

Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation Inc

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters)

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America - State of Wisconsin (Historic Indian Agency House)

Neenah Historical Society

New Richmond Preservation Society

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center

Oconto County Historical Society, Inc.

Oneida Nation

Osceola Historical Society

Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center

Ozaukee County Historical Society

Patterson Memorial Library

People of Progression INC

Philadelphia Community Farm, Inc.

Portage County Historical Society

Princeton Public Library

Racine County Historical Society and Museum, Inc.

Reedsburg Area Historical Society

Rib Lake Public Library

Roy Chapman Andrews Society

Sauk County Historical Society, Inc.

Southside Organizing Committee

T.B. Scott Free Library

The Building for Kids, Inc.

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

Tomah Area Historical Society Inc

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Museum of Natural History)

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project - Lands We Share)

UW-Madison - Center for the Humanities

UW-Milwaukee-Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education


Vang Council of La Crosse, Inc.

Vaughn Public Library

Vernon County Historical Society

Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

Waupaca Area Public Library

Waupaca Historical Society

Westby Area Historical Society

Western Taylor County Public Library

Whitehall Public Library

Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum

Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS)

Wisconsin Logging Museum