Past Grants Awarded

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    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

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

    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

    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

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

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

    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

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,000
    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
    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: Kathy Fahey
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $2,000
    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

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

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

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2018-05-14
    amount: $3,000
    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

    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
    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 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

    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: 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: 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: 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

    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

    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: 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
    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

    On the Move Forum: Exploring Women's History Through Diverse Perspectives and Inclusive Stories

    A community dialogue and multimedia interactive presentation on women's history in downtown Springfield, followed by a public display on Bay Path's campus.

    Bay Path University
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Janine Fondon
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Taryn Simon: Public Humanities Programming

    Development of new public humanities programs to complement an upcoming exhibition by Taryn Simon, whose art revolves around Russian culture and Russo-American relations.

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Alexandra Foradas
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Activate the Arboretum

    An environmental history project for Auburn Public School students that is led by a humanities scholar and includes lessons, a photography project, an exhibit, and a tour.

    Auburn Public Schools
    Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sarah Connell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Neighborhood Voices: Stories of the Families of the Dudley Street Neighborhood of Boston

    An oral history project documenting the stories of families living in the Dudley Street neighborhood.

    Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rosalind Everdell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The 9 to 5 Project

    Distribution of the documentary film "9 to 5" by means of community screenings and discussions-with a prepared discussion guide-in partnership with community organizations, unions, labor schools, and scholars in Boston and Western Massachusetts.

    CMP Inc.
    Yellow Springs, OH, Greene County

    project director: Julia Reichert
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Journey to Equality: the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement

    A series of humanities exhibits and events, held throughout North Central Massachusetts, about LGBTQ issues, rights, and histories.

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

    project director: Karen F. Mays
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $5,100
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    GLOW

    An exhibition of eight historic neon road signs of Massachusetts businesses, c. 1927-1970, related research and accompanying panels, and a moderated panel discussion.

    Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lucas Cowan
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Future of Our Past: Building Capacity in the History Community

    Implementation funds for eight local history organizations to implement capacity-building projects after completing six intensive workshops on best practices.

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

    project director: Clifford McCarthy
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    African Cultural Conversation Series

    A monthly series of humanities discussions and cultural programs aimed toward-and developed with-Waltham's large African immigrant community.

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

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Dialoguing with Indigenous Americans in our Community through Peter Pan

    Scholarly consulting, the creation of informative playbills, and a post-performance discussion of a student production of Peter Pan.

    Oakmont Regional High School
    Ashburnham, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jeffrey Aubuchon
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $4,615
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Afro Latin Folktales Project

    An out-of-school literature and theatre project for youth leaders to explore themes of immigration, cultural assimilation, and belonging in relationship to Boston immigrant communities.

    Hyde Square Task Force
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Eva Farrell
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    The Veteran Experience and the Social Contract: A Performance and Discussion Series

    A three-part performance-and-discussion series on the veteran experience designed to attract and engage both veterans and civilians.

    Zeiterion Theatre
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Rosemary Gill
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $12,500
    Project Grant

    Windmill Point Historic Interpretation

    Permanent outdoor local history interpretive panels on the US Coast Guard presence in Hull.

    Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
    Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Victoria Stevens
    awarded on: 2017-12-08
    amount: $7,500
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