Press Release

Riggs Elected to Second Term on Missouri Humanities Council Board of Directors

Friday, December 16, 2011
by Carolyn Carpenter

Hannibal-LaGrange University Instructor of English, Louis Riggs, has been elected to a second 3-year term on the Missouri Humanities Council Board of Directors. This will be his second year as Chair of the Government Relations Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Humanities Council.

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created in 1971 under authorizing legislation from the U.S. Congress to serve as one of the 56 state and territorial humanities councils that are affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

MHC supports and presents humanities-based programs and projects that serve and benefit the people of Missouri.  At the local level, the Humanities Council has supported such programs as annual Teacher’s Workshops hosted by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum which have resulted in more than 50,000 Twain-related lesson plan downloads worldwide, the Read from the Start program in Hannibal, the African-American history exhibit at the Hannibal History Museum, and multiple Smithsonian “Museums on Main Street” displays, most recently “American Roots Music” at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.

In addition to his position on the Missouri Humanities Council Board, Riggs has also been elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Hannibal Free Clinic. He has served as secretary, vice chair, and chair of that board, also helping to rewrite the organization’s bylaws and serving on the Ethics, Board Development and Fundraising Committees. “Chairing the Fundraising Committee and serving on the Board Development committee for the Hannibal Free Clinic has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to the next three years of serving the medical needs of the underserved in our community and area,” stated Riggs.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations