Introducting "Dear Stranger"

Dear Stranger is a new letter-exchange project that connects Nebraskans through the mail to share experiences, beliefs, and ideas, modeled after a program by the same name at Oregon Humanities.

Dear Stranger encourages people to reflect on their experiences and beliefs and make new connections by writing letters to strangers: write a letter, get a letter, and make a new connection. “Dear Stranger” is designed to allow anyone, of any age, to participate, and to do so anonymously should they choose. We also ask participants to complete a participation form indicating their understanding that Humanities Nebraska is not responsible for the content of letters and that, if they are age 18 or younger, they have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate.

We are currently not accepting any new participants after July 31, 2020. If there is interest, we will have another prompt and another round of letters to exchange in the future. Letters for the current round will be mailed during the month of August 2020.

If you have questions about Dear Stranger, please send email.
We want to know what you think about “Dear Stranger”.
How did it feel to write your letter, and to receive a letter in response? Did you learn anything about yourself while writing your letter? There are many ways to let us know:
  • Send us an email.
  • Post a photo of you and your letter on Instagram and tag it @HumanitiesNE and #NEDearStranger
  • You can also post the photo on Facebook ( or Twitter (@HumanitiesNE)

"Dear Stranger" is sponsored in part by:

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Sponsorship Opportunities

While this is a relatively inexpensive program for HN to run, there are costs related to postage and staff time. HN seeks sponsors ranging from $250 to $1,000.  Benefits of sponsorship include visibility in promotional materials (ie. press releases, eblasts), recognition on the HN website, and in our statewide outreach to media outlets, libraries, and literary organizations and other organizations.  For sponsorship questions, please email Heather Thomas.