Past Grants Awarded

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    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Transforming Norwood: Architect William G. Upham's Contribution to Early 20th Century Norwood History

    Research on the architectural style and historical significance of municipal and commercial buildings in Norwood that were designed by architect William G. Upham between 1910 and 1930, in order to interpret their relevance to the town's civic identity and the landscape through public programming.

    Norwood Historical Society
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Patricia Fanning
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $2,952
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    The Greatest Anxiety: South Danvers on the Brink of War

    Public programming for an exhibit on Civil War archival materials, specifically those related to the deployment of local men to the war.

    Peabody Institute Library
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Nancy Barthelemy
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $2,000
    Project Grant

    "You Belong to Me"

    A multimedia performance based on the exhibit, "World War II Veterans' Voices." The performance will feature monologues from characters at a restaurant who provide personal oral histories of World War II. The performances will take place at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School and the Shelburne Falls Senior Center.

    Ashfield Historical Society
    Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Jacqueline Cooper
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $1,800
    Project Grant

    Peace Corps at 50 Radio Documentary

    One-hour documentary on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, its efforts in international peacemaking and service, and how the organization has changed since the 1960s.

    Good Radio Shows, Inc.
    Albuquerque, NM, Bernalillo County

    project director: Amy Mayer
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    One Play, One Community: Romeo & Juliet

    Staging of the project, "One Play, One Community: Romeo and Juliet," which will involve a wide range of constituents in the production of Shakespeare's beloved classic. Multigenerational audiences throughout the community will be engaged via reading and discussion groups, classes, children's programs in local libraries, and a television broadcast.

    Plimoth Plantation, Inc
    Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Richard Pickering
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $9,251
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Sanford Tavern Archaeological Excavation and Education Project

    Archeological dig for high school students at Sanford Tavern in Hawley. The project will uncover craft and cooking habits, as well as explore aspects of tavern life, in the early 19th century.

    Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
    Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: John F. Sears
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    The Crisis of Race from the History and Legacy of Slavery in New England

    Teacher development workshops in Medford and Deerfield based on the film "Traces of the Trade", which chronicles the history of the slave trade in New England.

    The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kristin Gallas
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    BEYOND BELIEF Educational Outreach

    Creation, testing, and distribution of a curriculum for "Beyond Belief", a film that explores the aftermath of 9/11 through the eyes of American women whose spouses died in the tragedy as they travel to Afghanistan.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Beth Murphy
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    5CLIR Civil War Symposium - Civil War Causes and Consequences

    Two-day public symposium on Civil War history. The conference features many of the most notable names in Civil War scholarship and offers compelling workshops for attendees.

    Five Colleges, Inc
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Charles K. Gillies
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Having the Life of Our Times: Reflecting on an Iraqi/American Mural Project

    Community programming around an exhibit of 15 murals created by Iraqi and American children. The programming, which includes a play performance, film screening, panel discussions, and a dance performance, addresses such topics as the effects of violence on children and marginalized voices.

    Northampton Center for the Arts
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Claudia Lefko
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $9,910
    Project Grant

    Extreme Sport: Jousting Then and Now

    An interactive exhibit entitled "Extreme Sport: Jousting Then and Now," which will examine the role jousting had in Medieval times and explore the larger implications of the period's warfare and history. The exhibit features flip-books, virtual activities, and computer learning tools.

    Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jeffrey L. Forgeng
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Stonehurst Permanent Exhibits and Signage Project

    Creation of permanent signage that will educate the public about the historic value and significance of Stonehurst, a late 19th-century house owned by well-known reformers Robert Treat and Lydia Lyman Paine. The house and grounds were designed by H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted, respectively.

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

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Worcester's Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tours

    Expansion of the horse and wagan tours training program and hiring of additional students to become living-history guides and perform public education tours about the area using horse-drawn hay wagons.

    Canal District Alliance
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Elizabeth Bacon
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    The Charlemont Forum: The Use and Misuse of Religion in American Political Life

    A three-part series on the use and misuse of religion in American political life as part of its annual summer program serving the hill towns of Western Massachusetts.

    Charlemont Federated Church
    Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan S. Purdy
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $6,300
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Visitor Orientation Exhibition: A New Vision for New Audiences

    Development of a new exhibit that examines issues of environmental responsibility, communal living, sustainable agriculture, and other core values of the Shaker community.

    Hancock Shaker Village
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Lesley Herzberg
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    Hit and Run History: The Columbia Expedition

    Creation of a website and social media campaign for its public television series, The Columbia Expedition, which chronicles the exploration credited with jumpstarting the Massachusetts economy after the Revolutionary War.

    Cape Cod Community Media Center
    Dennis Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Andrew G. Buckley
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    StoriesLive - Storytelling and High School Story Slam Project

    Storytelling programs in 10 public high schools that will enhance intellectual skills and public speaking and culminate in a regional "story slam" competition.

    Massmouth, Inc.
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Norah Dooley
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Time Traveling Through Franklin Park

    Creation of two tours and a brochure about Frederick Law Olmsted's Franklin Park, known as the "Jewel of the Emerald Necklace."

    Franklin Park Coalition
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lanae Handy
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Carlos Arredondo Project

    Production of a trailer for a film that explores the concept of patriotism, with focus on the story of Carlos Arredondo, a Costa Rican immigrant whose oldest son Alexander died in combat in the war in Iraq.

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

    project director: Janice Rogovin
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    From Cultural Conflict to Common Ground

    A series of events designed to raise consciousness on the realities and impact of war, particularly those relating to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Veterans Education Project
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Rob Wilson
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $9,350
    Project: Media Grant

    What's the Big Idea?

    Development of the pilot segment of a film series for middle school classrooms that will use situations from popular movies to explore issues involving ethics and moral choices.

    Northampton Arts Council
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Julie Akeret
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Mother of All Strikes: Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 Centennial Exhibit

    Development of a permanent multimedia, multilingual exhibit on the Bread and Roses Strike. The exhibit will be mounted at the Everett Mill, where the historic strike began.

    Lawrence History Center/Immigrant City Archives
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Barbara Brown
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    The Banjo Project: The Story of America's Instrument

    Enhancement of the website and social media campaign for "The Banjo Project: The Story of America's Instrument", a film to premiere on PBS that traces the compelling intersections of art, the humanities, race, and class that the banjo represents.

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

    project director: Marc Fields
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Henry Wilson Exhibit

    Reinvention of the exhibition on the important, but unheralded, abolitionist politician, Henry Wilson. The exhibit will feature new interactive materials and become more accessible to children

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

    project director: Jennifer Hance
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Lowell Speaks of Jack: An Audio Tour of the City Through the Life and Works of Jack Kerouac

    Audio archive of 175 interviews concerning acclaimed writer and native son, Jack Kerouac. The project will result in a permanent oral history walking tour in Lowell.

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

    project director: Michael Millner
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Nonviolent Movements in The Modern World Professional Development Teacher Institute

    Teacher training on the history of nonviolent movements. The program will show how such movements advance the cause of human rights and dignity as well as provide educators with tools to create better learning environments in their classrooms.

    Center for Nonviolent Solutions
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Paul S. Ropp
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

    A social media coordinator will expand awareness of the documentary film "Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge", which explores 1970s feminist activism in Boston.

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

    project director: Susan Rivo
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Community Nights & Conversations

    A series of panel discussions that will follow the performances of four plays during the company's Winter Festival: "Cymbeline","Antony & Cleopatra", and two contemporary plays, "The Hotel Nepenthe" and "Living in Exile". The grant will also subsidize free community performances and open rehearsals.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Tories, Timid or True Blue? Teacher Workshop

    Teacher workshops that train middle and high school educators to use a website that will allow them, and ultimately their students, to work with primary source documents from the Revolutionary War period.

    Old North Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elisabeth Nevins
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $4,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The David Walker Memorial Project

    An educational forum directed at the city's youth concerning the life and work of David Walker, a pioneering figure in the abolitionist movement and precursor to Frederick Douglass.

    Community Change, Inc
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Paul Marcus
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Academy of Music School Day Series

    Two performance education programs designed for elementary and middle school children. The programs will be based on the plays" Freedom Train" (on the life of Harriet Tubman) and "Three Cups of Tea" (about Greg Mortenson's mission to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan).

    Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Debra J'Anthony
    awarded on: 2010-12-10
    amount: $5,726
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Rediscovering the Classics

    Library reading and discussion program.

    Sturgis Library
    Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Marcella M. Curry
    awarded on: 2010-12-07
    amount: $500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Boston's GLBT History

    Documentation and exhibition of Boston's GLBT History, to inventory the records of three transgender-related organizations as part of its Transgender Initiative.

    The History Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Andrea Gray
    awarded on: 2010-11-30
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Textile Collection

    Organization and inventory its textile collection, assess it for programming use, and identify clothing and accessories that represent styles commonly worn in the 1930s and 1940s. The work will result in an exhibit on the 1930s work of LIFE photographer Hansel Mieth.

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

    project director: Carol Miles
    awarded on: 2010-11-30
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Coppola Collection Inventory

    Inventory of the Coppola Collection of archival materials (1868-1908), a collection newly acquired from the Coppola family that will augment an exhibition at the E.N. Jenckes General Store, the Historical Society's museum.

    Douglas Historical Society
    East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Pattie McNulty
    awarded on: 2010-11-30
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    "Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000" Discussion Guide and Publicity

    Discussion guide and publicity to promote screenings of the documentary "Marion Stoddart: Work of 1000."

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

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Historic Journal of Massachusetts 75th Commemorative Issue and Online Access Archive

    Support for the Historical Journal of Massachusetts' 75th commemorative issue and build a database of articles since 1990.

    Westfield State College Foundation, Inc.
    Westfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Mara Dodge
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Historic Newton Aboliltion and Underground Railroad Exhibition

    Updating of abolitionism exhibit to reflect current scholarship about the Underground Railroad.

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

    project director: Melissa Westlake
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $9,844
    Project Grant

    Discovering the Treasures of Spectacle Island

    Archaeological day trips to Spectacle Island for urban youth from communities surrounding the Boston Harbor

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    4th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

    Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science, featuring ancient technologies.

    Archaeological Institute of America
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ben S. Thomas
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
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