Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Media Grant

    "Lucio" Documentary Film Treatment and Trailer

    Production of a treatment and trailer to aid in production of a feature-length documentary film exploring U.S. immigration from Central America and the current sanctuary movement through the story of Lucio, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to the U.S. illegally and who entered sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst in 2017 after receiving deportation orders.

    Warren Plaut Charitable Trust
    Granby, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller House in Cambridge

    Funding to conduct and interpret 12 oral histories with affiliates of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, a 112-year-old settlement house, adding under-documented narratives into the archives that address the relationship between providers and patrons in the settlement house movement, and reflect on how such settlement houses were transformed by patrons who became providers.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Story of the First Encounter at Eastham: from Conflict to Community

    For research and writing of a revised history of the first encounter between Pilgrim settlers and Native people that will be used as the basis for web-content and programming leading up to 400th anniversary commemorations in 2020. Project programs will make the public narrative newly relevant by connecting it to crises and challenges faced by Cape residents today.

    Eastham Public Library
    Eastham, MA, Barnstable County

    project director: Debra Dejonker-Berry
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Cross-Cultural Perceptions vs. Reality Through Global Conversations

    Funding for a project engaging the island in cross-cultural conversations, with a thematic focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees and an interest in teaching cultural literacy by having students actually converse with people from other countries.

    Martha's Vineyard High School
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County

    project director: Kevin McGrath
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $9,250
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    What Our Voices Carry

    A collaboration between formerly incarcerated women, a scholar, facilitators, and a playwright to create a performance exploring the history of incarceration and its connection to the women’s personal experiences.

    Hispanic Resource, Inc.
    W Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    To do the good I expected: Robert Roberts - Domestic Servant, Author, Abolitionist

    Development of a tour focused on the life, writing, and activism of Robert Roberts, a leader in Boston's free black community and a servant at Gore Place. The tour emphasizes the value of labor over the denigration of service and explores the relationship between work, life, and activism, and the challenge of trying to change the world while also surviving in it.

    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Robertson
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $7,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Roxbury Strong: A Story of Emergence, Performance and Discussion Series

    Support for BPS and BHCC students to engage in the history and culture of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood through researching, rehearsing, performing, and leading community discussions of "Roxbury Strong," a play based on archival research and oral histories with residents.

    Boston Public Schools
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ron T. Jones
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Chinese and the Iron Road

    Funding to host a traveling exhibit created by the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Stanford University in addition to public programs refocusing commemorating the transcontinental railroad on the experience of Chinese workers who did much of the labor.

    Leominster Public Library
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: May Lee Tom
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $4,950
    Project: Media Grant

    Camera Kids - Genocide Victims and Genocide Perpetrators

    Production a multimedia project for the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this year in addition to creation of the trailer in for a film featuring three three men orphaned by the Rwandan genocide who teach photography as a healing practice to vulnerable children around the world, including at the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.

    The Ground Truth Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Beth Murphy
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    America Transformed: Mapping Land and Dispossession in the 19th Century

    Public programming, a teacher institute, and interpretive materials to accompany a two-part exhibit using maps to examine the history of U.S. expansion and Native American dispossession in the 19th and 20th century.

    Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle LeBlanc
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,817
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Making Lowell's Immigration and Refugee History Accessible in the Classroom

    Completion of a digital site on the history of immigration to Lowell, with a particular emphasis on immigration since 1965 to make often scattered information publicly available.

    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Ingrid Hess
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $12,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Orchestrating Change

    Support for the distribution phase of a feature-length documentary film about the Me2/Orchestra in which half the musicians are diagnosed with mental illness.

    Me2/Orchestra
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Margie Friedman
    awarded on: 2019-03-15
    amount: $14,795
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Gay Worcester: LGBTQ+ History

    Support for a project that will fill a gap in Worcester Historical Museum's collections and result in an exhibition and related programming during 2019, the 50th anniversary of New York's Stonewall Uprising.

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

    project director: Anne Sadick
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Visions of Labor: Film and Worker Voices

    Support for a project using film to help local workers see their work lives as worthy of attention, and as a part of a historical trajectory in which they are agents, including a three-day digital story-telling workshop, solicited video submissions from local workers, a 1 1/2 day conference and a website showing workers' videos.

    University Of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Patricia A. Greenfield
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $15,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Examining Our Shared Humanity: Holocaust Education and Social Responsibility

    Support for a weeklong teacher's institute in July on the holocaust, genocide, and human rights, that employs a multidisciplinary approach engaging history, philosophy, ethics, and religion with an emphasis on literature and reflective writing.

    Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies & Human Rights
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Cara Crandall
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $12,209
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    100 Years Later: THe Great Molasses Flood Revisited

    A series of three panel discussions exploring Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919, on its 100th anniversary.

    Old South Meeting House
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Erica B. Lindamood
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer

    Support for the final planning stages of an interactive educational website on Isaiah Thomas that will introduce children, particularly high school students, to archival material.

    American Antiquarian Society
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: James D. Moran
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,935
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Translating Words and Worlds: Poetry Inside Out with ESL Teachers and Their Multilingual Students

    Support for curricular development, a semester-long seminar for ESL teachers, and stipends for ESL teachers to learn and implement Poetry Inside Out, a translation-based approach to literary interpretation, in their ESL classrooms.

    Clark University
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Michaels
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,998
    Project Grant

    Sonar to GPS: Exploring the Evolution and Impact of Technology on New Bedford's Fishing Industry

    A project exploring how changing technologies have affected the fishing community in New Bedford that includes archival research, ethnographic interviews with members of the fishing community, two public exhibits, six panel discussions, and MA standards-based curricula for elementary and secondary school children.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $6,960
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Radical Interconnectedness Festival Follow-up Public Panel Conversation

    Support for historical, contextual, and interpretive conversations between scholars, artists, and participating audience on art expressing the stories of marginalized social groups.

    Eggtooth Productions
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda McInerney
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    CodeSwitching: Race and Identity in the Suburban Schoolhouse

    Support for promotion and distribution of the documentary CodeSwitching, which explores the experience of shifting between 'home' and 'away' cultures for two generations of students who were bused from urban to suburban schools as part of Boston's METCO program.

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

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $13,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Boston Through a Wider Lens: Communities of Color and the Narrative of Freedom

    Support for a five-day summer teacher workshop highlighting historic sites in Boston where communities of color struggled for recognition and inclusion in the social contract.

    UMass Boston CANALA Institutes
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elena Stone
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,047
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Black Holyoke Oral History Project

    Oral history collection, transcription, and creation of a gallery exhibit examining the lives and experiences of Black residents of Holyoke from the second half of the 20th century through the present.

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

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $14,500
    Project Grant

    Beyond the Stage: Post-Production Discussions of Patrick Gabridge's Mount Auburn Plays

    Support for moderated conversations following a series of one-act plays written by Patrick Gabridge.

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jennifer Gilbert
    awarded on: 2018-12-14
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant

    Plymouth Colony in the Collection of Taunton's Old Colony History Museum

    Research by Scholar Stephen O'Neill on 17th-century Plymouth Colony artifacts in order to produce a draft manuscript with photos, as well as a monograph and a public lecture.

    Hanover Historical Society
    Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Bronson Michaud
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Consolidation of Inventories and Catalogs for Lowell Historical Society

    A reorganization of archival documents and electronic inventories to create a searchable, accessible inventory for both scholars and the public.

    Lowell Historical Society
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Anthony Sampas
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion Grant

    Who are We? Literature & Medicine at Baystate Health

    A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Kent Jacobson, at Baystate Medical Center.

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

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,800
    Discussion Grant

    Shaping the Social Contract - Insights from the Women of Brook Farm

    Two public events-moderated by Scholar Kerri Greenidge and held in Cambridge and in Roslindale-based on writings by the women of Brook Farm, a 19th-century transcendentalist community in Boston.

    New Brook Farm, Inc.
    West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Gretchen Dietz
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,883
    Discussion Grant

    A Century Later: Norwood's Experience in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918

    A series of discussion-based events on local history and public health, inspired by Norwood's Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 and led by Scholar Patricia Fanning.

    Morrill Memorial Library
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Reed
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion Grant

    "The History of Immigration and Refugee Settlement in Greater Lowell" Discussion Series

    A three-part discussion series, led by Historian Bob Forrant, on immigration in the Lowell area.

    University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Robert Forrant
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion Grant

    Literature and the Experience of War

    A Literature & Medicine series, led by Scholar Ruth Rhode, at Bedford's local VA facility.

    Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Mary Cutter
    awarded on: 2018-07-30
    amount: $1,450
    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Foundation Inc.
    Worcester, MA

    project director: Milagros Martinez
    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

    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
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