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I believe so strongly in Humanities Washington because of the work they do to strengthen us as individuals and as a community of creative, critical thinkers. Through the humanities, we honor that which is most human and profound. It's never been more important than now, when our society seems to be losing its cohesive grip on what makes us a good, rational, and tolerant people.

Jennie Shortridge
Best-selling author of When She Flew
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By the Numbers

Serving Washington Communities from Aberdeen to Zillah.

Serving Washington Communities from Aberdeen to Zillah:

  • Year Founded: 1973
  • Program Attendance (2009): 526,000
  • Number of programs and events (2009): 650
  • Communities served (2009): 85
  • Counties served (2009): 32
  • Visitors to traveling Smithsonian exhibits (2009): 9,500
  • Grants distributed (2009): 65 (31 project grants and 34 quick grants)
  • Value of grants awarded (2009): $155,000
  • Speaker presentations since 1990: 4,300
  • Speaker event attendance since 1990: 185,000+
  • Total children/families reached by Motheread literacy program: 100,000
  • Total books given to educators, child care providers, and families: 115,000
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