CultureQuest® for fame and glory
While CultureQuest® might be considered a trivia game or competition, its intent has always been to promote and test cultural literacy. Facing questions that range from film to politics, from literature to geography, from music to history and farther afield, Mensan teams of up to five members gather in their neighborhoods on a single day across the U.S. and Canada and, for 90 minutes, compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights. The competition takes place each May.
Mensans Joyce Lundeen and Becky O'Neal founded CultureQuest as a competition between Region 6 Local Groups in 1990. After some success at a leadership weekend, and with the support of then-RVC Carol Hilson, the quest grew to have almost every group in Region 6 participate during the second year, and two teams of Board members were also invited to participate. In 1992, the competition went national and, in 1997, teams from Mensa Canada participated. CultureQuest: The Next Generation began supporting youth teams in 1999.