• Brian Boyles has officially started as Executive Director! Find out more about Brian in this Q&A.

  • Bay State citizens host group readings of an abolitionist's historic words and consider contemporary race relations with our support for the Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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New grants

We just awarded $134k in grants. Take a look at 11 projects that are using the humanities to deepen public understanding & strengthen democracy in MA.

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Plan your Douglass event!

Interested in organizing a reading of Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” in your town? The deadline to apply for a grant is April 1.

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Find a grant

Our Project Grants support public humanities programming in almost all formats. The next LOI form deadline is 3/25.

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Featured Grant: William Bullard Photographs

Worcester Art Museum’s 2017-18 exhibit, “William Bullard: Reimagining an American Community of Color” featured 82 never-before-published photographs of African American and Native Americans residents of the Beaver Brook neighborhood of Worcester. The photos provide a window on a transitional period of American history, capturing the post-emancipation generation, their children and grandchildren on the cusp of a new century.

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More events...
2/19/19 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome renowned journalist JILL ABRAMSON--Harvard University senior lecturer and former executive editor of th...  Learn More
2/20/19 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome constitutional law expert and American University professor ROBERT L. TSAI for a discussion of his late...  Learn More

Natick Established

On this day in 1781, Natick was formally incorporated, but the town already had a long history. In 1651, a group of Christianized Indians had founded a "Praying Town" in what is now South Natick.......
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