Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Kennedy to Kent State Programming

    A public lecture series that will serve as a companion to an exhibit on conflicts in the United States from 1960 to 1974, such as the Kent State riot, Vietnam, and the women's movement.

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

    project director:
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Portholes: An Inside Look at the Commercial Fishing Industry

    Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern, MA will organize and hold a series of monthly community events on topics and issues related to the commercial fishing industry. The topics range from sustainability to women in the industry.

    Community Economic Development Center
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    African American Heritage Trail

    Development of a walking trail brochure, Web site, and online exhibit focused on 19th- and 20th-century African-American history in Boston, including the monuments of 14 African-American citizens interred at the cemetery.

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

    project director: Bree Harvey
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Greenfield Annual Word Festival

    A program that introduces adult education students to literature through poetry and creative writing workshops.

    The Literacy Project
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Judith Roberts
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    The River Runs Through Us

    A six-part radio program that takes on contemporary issues concerning the cultural and historical role of the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley. The episodes will examine economics, the environment, and the river's spiritual effects on the area.

    WMUA
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Francesca Rheannon
    awarded on: 2012-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding Islam

    Reading and discussion program aimed at helping the general reader to explore the roots of Islam through a variety of texts.

    Boxford Town Library
    Boxford, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Nanci M. Hill
    awarded on: 2012-04-04
    amount: $500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Jacob Whittemore House - A Whittemore Family Biography

    Research into the multigenerational Whittemore family.

    Minute Man National Historic Park
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Leslie Obleschuk
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $2,650
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Cultural Landscape of Herman Melville's Arrowhead

    Research into the cultural landscape of Arrowhead, Herman Melville's farm in Pittsfield, during the period of his residency from 1850-1862, in order to better interpret Melville's life and work.

    Berkshire Historical Society
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Will Garrison
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $2,900
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Antislavery Movement in Cummington

    Support for research on the extensive antislavery activity that took place in the small rural hilltown of Cummington during the three decades that preceded the Civil War.

    Cummington Historical Commission
    Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Carla Ness
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts

    Funding for the hiring of a consultant to devise and execute a public outreach program for the Partnership's activities to mark the founding of Boston.

    Partnership of the Historic Bostons
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wilfred Holton
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Public Health Museum Exhibit Redesign & Reinterpretation

    Redesign of the museum's gallery spaces using PhD candidates from Harvard's History of Science department to manage the process.

    Public Health Museum
    Needham, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Sara Lundberg
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    North Brookfield Poetry Project

    A poetry residency, after-school poetry writing workshops for students, and public readings that will be open to the community.

    North Brookfield Jr.- Sr. High School
    North Brookfield, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Heather Macpherson
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    A Healing Landscape: Environmental and Social History of the Boston Nature Center

    Support for activities that will lead to the inclusion of history into the teaching at the Center, formerly the site of the Boston State Hospital.

    Mass Audubon
    Lincoln, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Julie Brandlen
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    More Than a Number Exhibition

    An exhibition exploring local Cambodian refugee culture, Cambodian-American culture, and non-Cambodians during and after the 1975-1979 genocide. The exhibit will address a number of themes: tolerance, acceptance and hope; the meaning of genocide, survival, healing; and re-building.

    Lynn Museum
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Abby Battis
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Coexist and Teaching about Human Dignity

    A program designed to engage new audiences in four public high schools to reflect on moral and ethical themes: responsibility to others, the meaning of human dignity, relationships that foster human flourishing, and respect and honor for difference.

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

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Generational Legacy Project

    A nine-month project, beginning with a series of workshops for previously incarcerated women, culminating in performances to be produced by the Fort Point Theatre Channel.

    On With Living and Learning
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michael Ricca
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    My Farm at Waltham Winter Multimedia Outdoor Tour at Gore Place

    Production of a mobile device audio/video tour of the grounds of Gore Place in Waltham, the Federal estate of Governor Christopher Gore (1758-1827). Gore used his summer place as a productive farm and as a place to experiment with agricultural methods.
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    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Tamar Agulian
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    It Happened Here: Our Towns in the American Revolution

    A collaborative statewide interactive Web exhibit featuring materials on the Revolutionary War from as many localities in Massachusetts as will participate.

    Martha's Vineyard Museum
    Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Nancy Cole
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Art in Words

    10-week after-school program for children that will focus on reading and discussion of books and instruction in drawing and watercolor techniques.

    Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jill Horton-Simms
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Salem's Franco-American History: Transcribing, Translating and Developing Thematic Guide to Oral History

    Transcription and translation of 20 videotaped oral histories of former and current Franco-American residents of Salem.

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

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hilltowns History Conference and Fair

    A Franklin County history happening, to be held at Colrain Central School. The daylong event will consist of a free history fair with activities and booths for all ages presented by organizations and individuals from around the county, as well as an indoor history conference with about 20 breakout sessions.

    Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Samoriski
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Julien Hudson Exhibition; Lecture Series

    A lecture series, art history course, children's program, and a series of radio interviews to accompany its exhibit on Julien Hudson. Hudson was an early American portrait painter of African descent who explored race and the South in his work.

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

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    How We Live Today: Challenges of Globalization

    Eight public discussions on the ramifications of the global economy, which will also be broadcast via public radio and podcasts. The discussions will focus on global engagement in military, political, and economic terms.

    Cambridge Forum
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Patricia Suhrcke
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke

    Inventory of the papers of Carlos Vega, one of Holyoke's most vocal and prolific Latino activists.

    Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Medford Circa 1855

    Cataloguing of materials relating to Medford during the transitional ante-bellum period, c. 1855.

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

    project director: Barbara Kerr
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration Planning Phase

    An exhibit and public programming on the historical legacy of 1763 Peace of Paris treaty to coincide with its 250th anniversary in 2013. Credited with ending the last in a series of international conflicts known as the French and Indian wars, the treaty shaped the roles of Britain, France, and Spain on the North American continent and is seen as the precursor to the American Revolution

    Bostonian Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Donald C. Carleton
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $4,925
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    StoriesLive 2012

    A series of assemblies and classroom workshops that teach teenagers about public speaking and storytelling techniques, and culminates in a competitive story slam, a live event with judges and prize money for finalists.

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

    project director: Norah Dooley
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    The Temperamentals

    Two post-performance forums during the run of The Temperamentals, a play about the founders of one of the first gay rights organizations in the pre-Stonewall United States. The grant will also support interactive elements for audiences attending.

    The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nora Long
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Meaning of the Highlands Neighborhood Today

    An out-of-school program for six to 10 teens that will explore the rich history of the Highlands neighborhood (the one-time home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass), and lead to a video-theatre piece based on oral history interviews with residents.

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

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Boston Busing/Desegregation Project: Can We Talk?

    A series of public education forums that examine Boston's desegregation history and its current public education needs in order start an informed conversation among various constituencies about public school quality and equality.

    Union of Minority Neighborhoods
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Donna Bivens
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Peace, Justice and Women - Changing the World

    A series of multimedia events on the life of this legendary leader in the fight for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.

    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Cynthia Whitty
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $4,643
    Project Grant

    African Americans in Early New England Project: A Crisis of Conscience and Memory

    A podcast and printed tour of African-American sites in the village of Old Deerfield as well as K-12 online lessons that will illuminate the history of local slavery in Old Deerfield.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Timothy Neumann
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Will We Ever Learn?.. The Struggle for Equality, One Group at a Time

    Three hour-long segments of its morning program, The Roundtable; the segments will explore parallels between various struggles for equality in American history. Interviewees will include such important figures as Anita Hill, Robert Reich, and Alex Keyssar, among others.

    WAMC
    Albany, NY, Albany County

    project director: Joe Donahue
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Troilus & Cressida

    Free public events and participatory programs for diverse audiences pertaining to the production of Troilus & Cressida.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Homefront & Battlefield Exhibition Implementation

    An exhibit that will explore the relationship between textiles/textile artifacts and the escalation of conflict during the Civil War and its aftermath. The exhibit will display slave cloth, soldier bandages, and the noose used to hang John Brown, among other key objects.

    American Textile History Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Diane F. Affleck
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Fire and Ice: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

    Development of a trailer for a PBS documentary on the life of Frances Perkins, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor and the architect of Social Security, minimum wage, and other New Deal legislation.

    Hamline University
    Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County

    project director: Mick Caouette
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Inventory of Nylander Papers

    Inventory of the Robert H. Nylander Collection of research notes and maps related to the original Iron Work Farm land grant and the extant Jones-Faulkner Homestead and Jones Tavern for a permanent exhibition on the extent and evolution of the Jones and Faulkner land holdings throughout the town of Acton and nearby communities.

    Iron Work Farm In Acton
    Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Anne M. Forbes
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Amherst Survival Center Music Project

    A series of 12 lunchtime concerts at the Center that will feature world music and accompanying lectures about that music.

    Amherst Survival Center
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bob Weiner
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $4,764
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Intellectual Seeds: the Bounty of William Sturgis, Past and Present

    Reading and discussion seires sampling the four books most popular with the library's patrons in its inaugural year.

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

    project director: Antonia Stephens
    awarded on: 2011-10-28
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    1704 Raid Printed Walking Tour

    Creation of a printed trail guide to the 1704 French and Indian raid on Deerfield, as seen through the eyes of the various participants.

    Historic Deerfield, Inc.
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Amanda Rivera Lopez
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $4,690
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