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  JUNE 2018

Read Frederick Douglass—together
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2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass's birth. The bicentennial offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come together, remember, and celebrate his life and legacy. Join us in Boston on Tuesday, July 3 at 12:00 PM for a communal reading of Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" The reading will take place on Boston Common at the State House, Shaw-MA 54th Memorial.

Congrats to our latest grantees!
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Meet the awardees from our April grant round! Two types of grants were awarded this round: Discussion Grants, which provide a space for face-to-face conversations about in-depth humanities topics; and Local History Grants, which support small organizations in working with their historical collections. Our next LOI form deadline is June 25.

The David Tebaldi Fund
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Mass Humanities Executive Director David Tebaldi is retiring in October. Under David’s leadership, our programming has focused on inclusion: making the humanities as accessible as possible to everyone in the Commonwealth. To ensure the continuation of a programming emphasis on inclusion, the Mass Humanities Board of Directors has established The David Tebaldi Fund and seeks unrestricted contributions to it. Support David and the spirit of inclusion by making a donation today!


Grantee stories & more
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What the Public Humanities Can Mean for Immigrant Communities
Nigerian basketball star Charles Okwandu on how the public humanities can help immigrants feel at home while honoring their nations' histories and cultures.

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The Death of an Industry, But Not a Town
Gardner was once the chair-making capital of the world but has now been virtually abandoned by industry. One of our grantees is using the power of history to help people heal and rebuild the community.

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Celebrate Frederick Douglass
All through the year numerous Douglass events, exhibits, and activities are being presented by organizations across the Commonwealth. Take a look at our calendar of Douglass events to find one near you.

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The new Mass Humanities-supported film Dawnland tells the story of the state of Maine's effort to come to terms with a shameful part of its history, when state welfare workers removed Indian children from their families and placed them in foster care.

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Upcoming events
Chair City Oral History Book Release Party Celebrate Barbara Suchocki and her story about working in the Nichols & Stone furniture factory for 19 years. More Info
African Dance, Drum, and Song Celebrations  Fun-filled celebration where all voices, sounds, and movements combine into one.  More Info
The Monsters: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the Creation of Frankenstein 
A discussion of the life of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who accepted a dinner party challenge to create a legendary character.  More Info


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