Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    William Bullard: Reimagining an American Community of Color

    An exhibit of photographs left by a local photographer that capture issues of African-American migration after the Civil War, citizenship and community membership, and historic race relations in Worcester.

    Worcester Art Museum
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Nancy Burns
    awarded on: 2017-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    At Sea and On Shore: Work and Community in New Bedford's Fishing Industry

    A large exhibit and oral histories documenting the 20th century labor practices and social and labor contract negotiations in the New Bedford fishing industry.

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    W.E.B. Dubois Educational Series in Great Barrington

    A series of programs designed to heighten awareness of racism, modern slavery, gender and economic inequality, and other injustices through lectures, film, and music.

    Berkshire Hills Regional School Distsrict
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: John Horan
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $11,350
    Project Grant

    Re-Imagining Bradford: 4 Bradford Daughters and Lives Well-Lived

    Transition of the interpretation of the Bradford House Museum to focus on the daughters who inhabited the house and were socially and politically active yet underrepresented in the house's history.

    Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
    Duxbury, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Erin McGough
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Town Spectacle: Engaging the Heart and History of Ashfield

    A project that seeks to engage the public about the history of the town meeting and identity formation through community readings of a related text and a weekend-long cultural fair and theatrical spectacle.

    Double Edge Theatre
    Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Stacy Klein
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    New City Dreams Project

    Day trips to historically important local urban landscapes with students of the University Park Campus school in Worcester.

    Preservation Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan M. Ceccacci
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $1,670
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    In the Time of the Butterflies

    An original theatrical production about the Dominican Republic and Dominican immigrants in the United States based on the Julia Alvarez novel "In the Time of the Butterflies."

    Casa Cultural Dominicana of Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Maury Ramirez
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Made Here: Rebuilding America's Apparel Manufacturing Industry

    Preproduction work on a film that will document current efforts to revive the apparel industry in the United States, including in the textile cities of Massachusetts.

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Judith Laster
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    In Our Own Words

    An after-school poetry program-involving translation, history, literary analysis, and discussion, along with a thematic focus on migration-for low-income, multilingual middle-school students.

    Clark University
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Michaels
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $6,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Reaching Audiences Through Bandits & Heroes

    An exhibit with enhanced programming that explores cultural syncretism between West African cultures with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to make the cultural mosaic of modern Folk Art of Northeastern Brazil.

    Worcester Center for Crafts
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $9,900
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Exploring History, Gender and Science in Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie" with Young Women in Pittsfield

    An educational program to accompany a re-mounting of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight."

    Flying Cloud Institute
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County

    project director: Lindsey Berkowitz
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $9,845
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Sharing Our Stories Through Voice and Performance

    Three seven-week memoir-writing workshops serving low-income and immigrant residents.

    The Literacy Project
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Judith Roberts
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Forbidden Knowledge: The Return of Psychedelics

    Preproduction activities for film on current research into the pharmaceutical viability of psychedelic drugs and the historical and cultural contexts influencing how society regulates drugs.

    Teddy Bear Films
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Caleb Hellerman
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Documenting the History of New Bedford's Central American Immigrant Workers

    A project that will create oral histories with about forty Central American immigrant workers, some documented.


    project director: Lisa Maya Knauer
    awarded on: 2016-12-09
    amount: $7,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Global Migration Stories

    A professional development discussion series for K?12 educators and librarians on the subject of migration.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Deborah Cunningham
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Family Adventures in Reading at the Parthum Elementary School

    A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series meeting on Tuesday evenings.

    Parthum Elementary School
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Tricia Hand Seery
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

    Literature and Medicine at MGH

    A six-month facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion seminars for health Professionals at Mass General Hospital.

    The Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at MGH
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Suzanne Koven
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $2,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on Stonehurst

    Research that will form the foundation for future programs at the summer estate of activist and reformer Robert Treat Paine.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    One Author, One Community (Reading and Discussing Works by Jacqueline Woodson).

    A reading and discussion series for children and adults on the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

    North Andover Public Schools
    North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Lorene Marx
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Women's History Month Lecture and Discussion

    A program of lectures and discussions to mark Women's History Month, 2017.

    Falmouth Museums on the Green
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2016-10-17
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Spotlight Symposium Series: "Good" and "Fiddler on the Roof"

    Two symposia related to the themes of two of New Repertory's productions, performances of which accompany the discussions.

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Adrienne Boris
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    FAIR at the Whitman Public Library

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

    Whitman Public Library
    Whitman, MA, Plymouth County

    project director: Stephanie Nogler
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,150
    Discussion: Open Grant

    125 Years of Strengthening Families and Building Community

    A public moderated discussion of United South End Settlements' history and an exhibit at the Harriet Tubman House, both of which commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Settlement House.

    United South End Settlements (USES)
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kimberly White
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: FAIR Grant

    Adventures in Community

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

    Meekins Public Library
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tim Van Egmond
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    African Dance and Discussion Series

    Revision and improvement to the academic portions of the Kyeza African Dance Project, a dance and discussion series that serves over 100 children each year in the Boston area.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation

    A panel discussion engaging the audience about the local relevance of historical preservation and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

    University of MA Press
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Karen M. Fisk
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,565
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning Center

    A family Literacy Day based on the Family Adventures in Reading curriculum.

    New Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Education
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Gail Eddy
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,288
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

    Literature & Medicine 2016

    A facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion sessions for health Professionals.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare Festival

    Humanities speakers and facilitators for a day-long festival and symposium at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

    Hilltown CDC
    Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: David S. Perkins
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Squam Life: Lasting More Than a Day

    Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

    Annisquam Historical Society
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Margaret Fuller, A Thoroughly Modern Woman

    Preproduction activities for a film about the life and work of Margaret Fuller.

    Interlock Media Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Planning for Populating the Commonwealth Historical Collaborative Catablog

    Development of a research-based plan designed to support small historical organizations in participating in a new statewide Commonwealth Historical Collaborative online archive.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical Inventory

    Inventory of research materials collected by various scholars and members of the organization during the past decade or so of pulling itself into being and obtaining a headquarters.

    David Ruggles Center
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lisa Baskin
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    These Words: Community Engagement and Promotion

    A public presentation, a bilingual article for publication, an online repository of research, and a virtual walking tour on HistoryPin.com related to an exhibit regarding the social history of publishing, reading, and community engagement with the written word in Chinatown.

    Chinese Historical Society of New England
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Diane O'Donoghue
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Teen Education Through Film

    Six history curriculum-related film screenings with discussions led by invited guests for students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School.

    Martha's Vineyard Film Society
    Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jessica Johnson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    "Spirit of Place" Community Event

    A day-long community event on the subject of im/migration and a sense of place in Western Massachusetts.

    Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sheila Damkoehler
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Northampton State Hospital Memorialization - A Walking Tour of Hospital Hill

    Creation and installation of historical markers for a walking tour at the location of the former Northampton State Hospital.

    Northampton Historical Commission
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tom Riddell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    2016 Speaker Series

    Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny Bruce

    Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

    Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Robert F. Walsh
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hamlet: Fault Lines

    A series of humanities events built around the production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

    Actors' Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
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