Humanities Society

Durham Library Foundation launched the Humanities Society in January 2010 after an overwhelmingly positive response from those attending the Durham County Library’s humanities programs. These programs were initiated in 2007 after Durham County Library received a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in addition to $1.5 million raised from local donors. Realizing that people were attending multiple events, the Foundation created the Humanities Society as a way to acknowledge and reward frequent program attendees.

Since its conception in 2010, the Humanities Society has grown to over 2,100 members. In 2011, Durham County Library presented 1728 adult and humanities programs. These programs have covered everything from discussions on the local food scene to presentations from nationally-recognized authors and artists.

“One would be hard-pressed to find another library anywhere that does the number and quality of programs that we do.” – Terry B. Hill, Deputy Director, Durham County Library

In addition to these award-winning programs, members of the Humanities Society are privy to special events throughout the year. Qualifying Humanities Society members are invited to a variety of very special, free events including a private exhibit tour at Nasher Museum, a tour and reception at the century-old Hill House, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Membership in the Humanities Society is free. Durham County Library patrons are invited to join at any humanities program or by completing the online form. Humanities Society members who attend six programs in a calendar year have the opportunity to attend special invitation-only events.

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For more information about the Humanities Society or humanities programs, please contact Jenny Levine at 919-560-0268 or at