Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    North Adams: Discovering a Community at the Crossroads

    The development and launch of a digital public history project, combined with an annual History Harvest event, at which community members will share their own artifacts and stories.

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Ely Janis
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Resistance and Movements: Puerto Ricans in Worcester 1960's to Today

    Research and organization of three discussion events for Puerto Rican community members to compare events in Worcester that took place in the 1960s with the current reception of those relocating in Worcester due to Hurricane Maria.

    Worcester Historical Museum
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Olga Lopez Hill
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Hurricane Maria Project: Negotiating Diaspora in Western Massachusetts

    The creation, by Springfield-area youth producers, of three filmed segments, based in documentary journalism and storytelling, to explore the effects of Hurricane Maria on Springfield-area communities.

    WGBY TV 57
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Vanessa Pabon-Hernandez
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Road to Tolerance Program Extension

    The creation and implementation of in-school post-show workshops to accompany Theatre Espresso's historical plays held each year at the John Adams Courthouse for Boston Public School students.

    Theatre Espresso
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wendy Lement
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Mind the Gap: The Power of Shakespeare's Language Then and Now

    A series of public programs to complement the fall production of Macbeth that will engage audiences-including Boston Public School students and young people recommended to the program by the Department of Youth Services and the Department of Child and Family Services-in debates about language in productions of Shakespeare's plays.

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

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Peculiar Patriot: Play Reading Book Club and Public Dialogue

    A "Play Reading Book Club" for families with incarcerated members and returning citizens that will lead up to the production of "The Peculiar Patriot."

    ArtsEmerson
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David Howse
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,450
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    My Town, My History

    An out-of-school digital humanities project to introduce teenagers to local history and archival research, which will result in the creation of a replicable curriculum.

    Salem State University
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $12,250
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Story of Our Streets Project

    A program for young people in Boston that will combine literary discussion, archival research, and community interviews in order for participants to learn and write about Boston as a city, while focusing on the history and community of an individual street.

    Everyday Boston
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cara Solomon
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Please Touch the Art

    A disability-studies exhibit-to accompany a tactile art exhibit- on the history of accessibility in arts programming and on how both blind and sighted artists and audiences influence and affect the fine arts.

    Mosesian Center for the Arts
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kimberly Thompson
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Poetry Beyond Walls

    Three sections of a twelve-week course on poetry for male inmates at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department Pre-Release Center.

    Hampden County Sheriff's Department
    Ludlow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Goodwin
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $11,198
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Inside Chinatown - Planning Project

    A project that connects experienced scholars with a cohort of Chinatown laborers-who will participate in six workshops on local history, national Chinatown histories, immigration, and documentary photography-to create original materials for a future exhibition.

    Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cynthia Woo
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Ethics of Public Memory in Boston

    A year-long project that asks high school students to consider the ethical and philosophical questions raised by controversial public monuments-including those debated nationally, as well as controversial removals and renamings of Boston-area landmarks.

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

    project director: Nir Eiskovits
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $14,692
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    My Voice, My Community

    A project that uses performance and documentary photography to allow middle-school students in Springfield to learn about Puerto-Rican immigrant experiences in their community.

    Worcester State University
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Milagros Martinez
    awarded on: 2018-06-15
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion Grant

    We Who Believe in Freedom: Facilitated Readings by Influential Women

    A four-part discussion series on influental works by Ella Baker, Lucy Stone, Dolores Huerta, and Ida B. Wells.

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

    project director: Mary M. Earl
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    The Mastheads

    A five-part lecture and discussion series on Pittsfield local history.

    City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Tessa Kelly
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Rediscovering Chester Square: A Lost Park in the South End

    Inventory and creation of a finding aid for recently obtained records from the Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association.

    South End Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lauren Prescott
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Music Mania TV: Honors the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Frederick Douglass

    Two events celebrating the work and legacy of Frederick Douglass: a performed mock trial with a community discussion and Worcester's annual Reading Frederick Douglass event.

    Worcester Roots Project
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant

    Family Adventures in Reading: A Children's Book Discussion Series on Immigration

    A six-week reading and discussion series for children and their caregivers intended to provoke conversations on immigration.

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

    project director: Jessica Henderson
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    School Violence and Social Responsibility: "The Burials" Play and Panel Discussion

    Four moderated discussions to accompany performances of "The Burials", a play addressing gun violence in schools.

    Firehouse Center for the Arts
    Newburyport, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Colleen Cullen
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Denton Family Collection at Wellesley Historical Society

    Necessary re-processing of a portion of the Denton Family Collection.

    Wellesley Historical Society
    Wellesley Hills, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Kathleen Fahey
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Douglass Bicentennial: Visioning Anna Douglass

    A book group focused on Anna Douglass, in addition to New Bedford's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event.

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

    project director: Lee Blake
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,359
    Discussion Grant

    The Women in Frederick Douglass' Life & The Unsung Women of Social Change (You!)

    A moderated discussion on Leigh Fought's recently published "Women in the World of Frederick Douglass", as well as Lynn's annual Reading Frederick Douglass event.

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

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    People and Places from Brewster's Past

    Inventory and creation of a searchable catalog of the Society's Photographic Collection.

    Brewster Historical Society
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Teresa Lamperti
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass and Founding Documents in Plainfield

    Plainfield's third annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event in July as well as an October reading of (parts of) "The Constitution of the United States followed by moderated discussion.

    Earthdance Creative Living Project, Inc.
    Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Erik Burcroff
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion Grant

    We Read Frederick Douglass as a Community: One Voice, Twelve Languages

    Brockton's annual "Reading Frederick Douglass" event offered in twelve languages this year.

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

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $500
    Discussion Grant

    A Discussion of Representation of Marginalized Groups in Education and the Media

    A public discussion, moderated by popular scholar and speaker Donovan Livingston, on the media's role in how equidty and diversity are understood and addressed in schools.

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

    project director: Anastasia Whalen
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,040
    Research Inventory Grant

    Fruitlands Shakers: New Collection/New Audiences

    Inventory and processing of the Fruitlands Shaker Collection of journals, church membership logs, sermons, and financial records.

    The Trustees of Reservations
    Haverhill, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alison Bassett
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Why Didn't I Know About This? Women's History Lectures and Discussion

    A series of eleven discussion on "forgotten" episodes in women's history.

    Falmouth Historical Society
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Haul Away Together: History, Diversity and the Sea in Story and Song

    The introduction of already-successful humanities-based programs to adults in the Boston area; the organization's programs-originally created for teens and young adults-are based on songs and stories of the sea that include the oft-ignored experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, young people, and women.

    Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    "The Day History Marched Down Our Streets" Exhibition Planning Grant

    Research and planning for a permanent exhibit about the events based in Arlington on the first day of the American Revolution: April 19, 1775.

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

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Left on Pearl

    The implementation of an online user interface to promote distribution of the film that will allow organizations and individuals to host screenings and to download a screening guide (with historical context and discussion questions).

    888 Women's History Project, Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Rivo
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    We Are Here to Honor Liberty and to Denounce Slavery

    The development of new mini-courses-regarding the radical social reformers who settled in Florence in the 1840s, and what their stories teach about contemporary issues-for visiting school groups, which will be brought to teachers in a professional development workshop.

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

    project director: Tom Goldscheider
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    A Dual Legacy: Nathaniel Hawthorne and The House of the Seven Gables

    A series of public programs based on the influence and legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne to take place during the celebratory summer of 2018, which marks the 350th-anniversary of the House's founding.

    House of the Seven Gables
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $5,025
    Project: Media Grant

    G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America - Interactive Website, MA Distribution

    A film distribution project, including the creation of an interactive website and curriculum guide-both focused on constitutional law, ethics, and the history of conflict in the United States-as well as a large, public Massachusetts screening and discussion (preceding the film's broadcast on WGBY).

    CET- ThinkTV
    Dayton, OH, Montgomery County

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $14,850
    Project Grant

    Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford Museum

    The implementation of permanent exhibitions "Stories of Westford" and "History of Westford Academy," which will engage audiences in the history of Westford Academy-the state's oldest standing coeducational secondary school building-and Westford's beginnings.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour of Boston's Chinatown

    The design and production of a walking-tour brochure of Boston's Chinatown, intended to complement the city's other self-guided walking tours, including the Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail, and Women's Trail.

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

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Religious History of Somerville

    Research and planning for an exhibition on religious institutions and groups in Somerville, with the intention of tackling issues of immigration, religious tradition and history, and religious practices, and contemporary religious communities.

    Somerville Museum
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Charan Devereaux
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $13,700
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Black Creativity in Comics

    A public event with graphic novelist and scholar John Jennings and other scholars of black comics, which will push audiences to consider questions about the history of black comics, Afro-futurism, colonialism, civil rights, and the future of publishing.

    Museum of African American History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: L'Merchie Frazier
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $6,400
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Through Our Eyes: Photographic Portraits of Immigrant Lives in Fall River

    A photography-and-cultural-studies project with recently arrived immigrants in ESOL classes; adult students will find opportunities to document, reflect on, and share their own stories and experiences, while also learning from their classmates and from humanities-based texts and photographs.

    SER - Jobs for Progress Inc.
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Andrea Klimt
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $8,800
    Project: Media Grant

    John Adams Courthouse Visitors Film (Trailer)

    The creation of a film trailer to raise funds for a visitors film-supported by input from historians and legal scholars-for the John Adams Courthouse.

    Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wendy Lement
    awarded on: 2018-03-16
    amount: $15,000
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