Past Grants Awarded

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    Discussion Grant

    Central Conversations - Guards at the Taj

    Two symposia, one exploring contemporary connections to the history, politics, and meaning of great monuments, and the other exploring dynamics between the disciplines of history and theater.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2018-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Processing and Making Available Archival Material Related to William Madison Wood

    Inventory and make public their William Wood collection of photographs, maps, and publications.

    Andover Historical Society
    Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elaine Clements
    awarded on: 2017-11-09
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Spotlight Symposium Series: "Lonely Planet" and "Statements"

    Two post-production moderated conversations around the history of intolerance and how art from the past can bring up questions from the present.

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Leila Ghaemi
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Sharon Public LIbrary Newspaper Digitization Project

    Digitization of the local Sharon Advocate Newspaper archive and make it available online to patrons.

    Sharon Public Library
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Lee Ann Amend
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Manjiro and the Americans - Unlocking the Mystery of Japan Through the Arts

    A project allowing fifth-grade students in New Bedford and Fairhaven to view and discuss a performance about overcoming cultural barriers and the role of exploration and commerce in New Bedford's whaling history.

    New Bedford Ballet
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County

    project director: Joanne Gracia
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,100
    Research Inventory Grant

    Black Holyoke: Uncovering the History of Black Peoples in Holyoke, MA

    Inventory and scanning of Wistariahurst Museum's Holyoke and Carlos Vegas/Latino History Collections in order to provide a searchable documentation of Holyoke's black populations.

    Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Protest and Citizenship in America

    A panel discussion and public conversation exploring the history of citizenship and protest in America.

    Massachusetts Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Gavin Kleespies
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant

    Discussion Event with MA History Teacher of the Year

    A moderated discussion with 2017 Mass History Teacher of the Year Kevin Dua and historian Dan Breen addressing the roles of patriotism, freedom, individuality, and collectivism in the United States both historically and in the present.

    Historic Somerville
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Eileen Schofield
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $1,350
    Research Inventory Grant

    Douglas Historical Initiative

    Inventory and processing of the Douglas Historical Society's Coppola Collection.

    Simon Fairfield Public Library
    Douglas, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Justin Snook
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Teens, Bodies, and Identities in Global Literature

    A reading-and-discussion series for Boston-area teachers and librarians focusing on global literature about teenagers' relationships with their bodies.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Deborah Cunningham
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Susanna Rowson in Medford 1799-1803

    Research on and transcription of their Swan Collection of letters, along with two public lectures on the material.

    Medford Historical Society
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Kyna Hamill
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Discover Danvers Round-table

    Moderated round-table sessions allowing participants to handle historical objects while learning about them and posing their own questions.

    Danvers Historical Society
    Danvers, MA, Essex County

    project director: Sheila Cooke-Kayser
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    STCC Stands Social Justice Forum

    A film-and-discussion series-with "Hidden Figures," "I Am Not Your Negro," and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" - run by the College's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

    Springfield Technical Community College
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Vonetta Lightfoot
    awarded on: 2017-11-06
    amount: $2,453
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Sustainable Oceans Open Discussion

    A discussion program-taking place during New Bedford's Seaport Art Walk-on the history and future of sustainable fisheries, questions of ethical responsibility, and the role of art in prompting action.

    Seaport Art Walk
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jessica Bregoli
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $850
    Discussion: Open Grant

    "Sharing the Thronged and Common Road" - What Jane Addams Means Today

    A one-day public forum on the legacy and contemporary relevance of Jane Addams, social justice advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

    Traprock Peace Center
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Rutherford Platt
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Medfield Slumbers: An Inventory of the 18th Century Gravestones in Vine Lake Cemetery

    Photographing and inventory of 260 eighteenth?century gravestones in Medfield's Vine Lake Cemetery.

    Vine Lake Preservation Trust
    Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elise M. Ciregna
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $2,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Theresa-India Young's Papers: Documenting Art, Education, Cultural Heritage, and Community in Boston

    An inventory of the papers of Theresa-India Young, noted fiber artist, educator, community organizer, and activist.

    University of Massachusetts Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Meghan Bailey
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Let Freedom Sing: The Songs and The Song-Makers

    A scholar-led discussion of civil rights, especially as reflected in American jazz.

    The Highlands Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michael Palter
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Activating Communication through Public Art

    A film screening and discussion event on Worcester's history and the role of public art in community development.

    Pow! Wow! Worcester
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Che Anderson
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

    Who Are We? Literature & Medicine at Baystate

    A six-session reading and discussion series for health professionals to support the social and emotional aspects of patient care.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $1,800
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Evolution of American Music, Courage and Resistance: A Multi-generational Conversation

    A panel discussion-on racial justice as it relates to the evolution of American music-at the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that will be recorded and presented in local high schools.

    Blues to Green, Inc.
    Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kristin Neville
    awarded on: 2017-07-17
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    On Equal Terms - Virtual

    Creation and presentation of a web-based exhibition about gender-based segregation in the construction industry, a re-envisioning of the successful 2008 physical exhibition On Equal Terms.

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

    project director: Susan Eisenberg
    awarded on: 2017-06-18
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Dexter and the Dinosaurs

    An original history-based theatre production created and performed by students and residents of Greenfield in the context of a celebration of Greenfield's 19th-century history.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $4,750
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Boston and the Irish Language: Fifty Years of Cultural Connection in Oral History

    Support for an oral history project exploring the importance of the Irish language among Irish immigrants in the Boston area.

    Irish Language Society of Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Brian Frykenberg
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Exploring the Mill River Disaster, 1874 and Today

    Creation of three permanent low-profile interpretive wayside signs, a self-guided brochure, and a digital online "story map" for the site of the 1874 Williamsburg Reservoir Dam disaster.

    Town of Williamsburg - Woodland Trails
    Haydenville, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Paul Jahnige
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Museum of Russian Icons Audio Tour Revision

    A revamp of the museum's audio folklore tour with re-recorded content, new content, images, and professional translations in Russian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

    Museum of Russian Icons
    Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Tara Young
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Dawnland Teacher's Guide

    Creation of a Teacher's Guide and three companion short films which tell the stories of Native child removal, forced assimilation, and the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Native Americans in the country.

    Center For Independent Documentary
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Downfall of Despots: Julius Caesar

    A series of public educational programs for the upcoming all-female production of Julius Caesar.

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

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Our Mockingbird Curriculum Guide

    Creation of a Teacher's Guide and three companion short films which tell the stories of Native child removal, forced assimilation, and the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Native Americans in the country. Creation of a curriculum to accompany the documentary film "Our Mockingbird," exploring individual and group identities, American history, jurisprudence, and ethics in Harper Lee's novel.

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

    project director: Sandra Jaffe
    awarded on: 2017-06-16
    amount: $7,500
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    We Read Frederick Douglass Together as One

    The third annual public reading and moderated discussion of Douglass's "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

    Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading

    A scripted mock trial and post-performance discussion and the seventh annual communal reading of Douglass's 1852 speech on the Worcester Commons.

    Future Focus Media
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower

    The 7th annual communal reading of "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave?" on July 4th. Evening entertainment will include musical and dance performances, spoken word, and fireworks.

    New Lynn Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Inside the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop: Precision Manufacturing on Hatfield's Mill River

    Research on the Society's collection of business records, photos, and artifacts from the local machine shop to develop a better understanding of how and why a small precision manufacturing shop, with global connections, grew and prospered in a small agricultural community in western Massachusetts

    Hatfield Historical Society
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Hollis Watkins: Sankofa of a Movement Man

    A presentation by Hollis Watkins, author, civil rights leader, and founder of Southern Echo, Inc., on the civil rights themes of the last 50 years and the challenges of today.

    Union Capital Boston
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eric Leslie
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $450
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Ta Voix Poete (Your VOice Poet), by Jean Dany Joachim

    Two performances of Jean Dany Joachim's Ta Voix Poete and post-performance scholar-facilitated discussions.

    Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $2,275
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Reflections on Race in America: Then and Now

    One a communal reading of Rev. Martin Luther King's Riverside Church speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, and the other a screening of the documentary Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America to be followed by a discussion between filmmaker Clennon King and long-time civil rights leader Mimi Jones.

    Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mary M. Earl
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass in the Age of Trump

    A facilitated reading of Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" with poet Everett Hoagland as the discussion leader.

    New Bedford Historical Society
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Loretta D. Blake
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

    A series of three discussions moderated by Linda Coombs and Paula Peters based on the interactive "Our Story" exhibit of Wampanoag history, along with the Mashpee Nine book/film.

    Aquinnah Cultural Center
    Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Linda Coombs
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $1,618
    Discussion: Open Grant

    Poetry and the Active Citizen

    A forum on the role of poetry during times of cultural and political crisis.

    Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc.
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Abbie Wilson
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Open Grant

    No Human is Illegal: A Conversation on Immigrants and the American Idea with Poet Naomi Shihab Nye

    Part of the city's Clemente Course in the Humanities to sponsor a public poetry reading and conversation with poet Naomi Shihab Nye on defining the place of immigrants in the American idea.

    Worcester Interfaith
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Lucia Knoles
    awarded on: 2017-05-08
    amount: $2,812
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