Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    The Reverend Hancock's Household: Early Colonial Life in Lexington

    Support for planning a 2010-2012 archaeological exhibit at Buckman Tavern.

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

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Harriet Jacobs Project

    Support for educational materials and auxiliary programming to contextualize "Harriet Jacobs", a play based on the autobiographical narrative of a former slave who settled in Cambridge.

    Underground Railway Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Scribbling Women

    Support for development of an audio dramatization of Elinore Pruitt Stuart's "Letters of a Woman Homesteader."

    Public Media Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Valerie Henderson
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

    Support for the research and development of a documentary film, "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America."

    Western NY Public Broadcasting Association
    Buffalo, NY

    project director: Lawrence R. Hott
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Amherst Historical Society RIG

    Support to inventory collections related to the history of soldiers, their families, and Amherst's participation in times of conflict.

    Amherst Historical Society and Museum
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Patricia J. Lutz
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $1,270
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    American Roots and American Voices

    Reading and discussion program concentrating on the concept of the American experience, democracy, immigration and great literature.

    Reading Public Library
    Reading, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Ruth Urell
    awarded on: 2009-10-19
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Back to the Future: A Sea Change Radio Series

    Support for the radio series by Sea Change Radio, examining historical precedents for sustainable energy use in New England.

    The Trusteeship Institute
    Shutesbury, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Francesca Rheannon
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies

    Funding for keynote speakers for a conference entitled, Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies.

    MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Sally Haslanger
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Massachusetts River of Words Planning Grant

    Support for the adaptation of the national River of Words curriculum for Massachusetts implementation.

    Massachusetts Center For The Book
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Sharon Shaloo
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival

    Support for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

    Cultural Organization of Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Suzz Cromwell
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Reading Lois Lowry: Discussing Young Adult Literature

    A reading and discussion series.

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

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Changing Lives Through Literature

    Support for transportation, books, and a meeting for instructors for the alternative sentencing program.

    Middlesex Community College
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Jean Flanagan
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Loyal Lesley Daughters: An Oral history of Massachusetts' Women Teachers, 1925-1965

    Programming and video production for the exhibit.

    Lesley University
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Patricia Kramer
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Henry David Thoreau Birthplace: Interpretive Planning Project

    Support to develop an interpretive plan for the newly-restored birthplace of Henry David Thoreau.

    Thoreau Farm Trust
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Nancy Grohol
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Remaking Historic House Museums in the 21st Century

    A conference where staff, board members, and community leaders will explore sustainable solutions for house museums in the 21st century.

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

    project director: William D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    John Brown and New England

    Programs in Worcester, Concord, and Boston, using Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown" to explore New England support for John Brown in 1859.

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

    project director: James D. Moran
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $8,825
    Project Grant

    Russian Folklore Family Audio Tour

    Writing and recording an audio tour linking the museum's collection with Russian folklore and legend.

    Museum of Russian Icons
    Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Tara Young
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Winter Festival and Forum

    A winter series of forums and concerts about the relationship between time and music at MIT's Kresge Auditorium.

    Boston Chamber Music Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Alan Mann
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Jews and Sufis: A Sacred Bridge

    A concert of Turkish Judeo-Sufi music at Brookline's Temple Beth Zion, followed by a panel of experts speaking on this tradition.

    DUNYA
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Mehmet Sanlikol
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $4,250
    Project Grant

    Moby-Dick: A Whaling Odyssey

    Support for an interdisciplinary and multi-media high school curriculum that centers on Spinner's illustrated, abridged version of Moby Dick.

    Spinner Publications
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Elizabeth Comeau
    awarded on: 2009-09-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Youth and Shakespeare: Reconstructing the Connection

    A summer program for high school students in Holyoke and Springfield.

    Hampshire Shakespeare Company
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Schwamb Mill Business Records RIG

    Preparation for creating a database of all known workers at the Schwamb framing mill.

    Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust
    Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Margaret L. Clarke
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    World War II Veterans' Voices

    Expand the focus of an oral-history-and-photography project beyond Ashfield to include five other hill towns.

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

    project director: Jacqueline Cooper
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    3rd Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

    Third annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science in the Fall of 2009.

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

    project director: Ben S. Thomas
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Springfield Public Forum

    A series of programs on two themes: equal access to quality education; and India in cultural, historical, and geopolitical perspectives.

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Patricia Canavan
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Down the Fort, a Video Documentary

    An archive and documentary project that focuses on the Gloucester Sicilian fishing community known locally as "the Fort." The Down the Fort project seeks to create a permanent record of the neighborhood's history, and to open a multimedia channel for exploring the story of Sicilian immigration, the hard working families and members of the fishing industry, and the neighborhood's profile in a changing urban landscape.
    (project website)

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

    project director: James Wehmeyer
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $9,750
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century

    Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century, a week long summer institute for K-12 teachers in Massachusetts.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Deborah Cunningham
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    World Wide Views on Global Warming: Massachusetts

    One of six US consensus conferences for laypeople on the issue of global warming.

    Museum Of Science
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David Sittenfeld
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $8,274
    Project Grant

    "In These Imperiled Times:" The Civil War Correspondence of the Men of South Danvers

    Public programming to accompany the exhibit of South Danvers war correspondence.

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

    project director: Nancy Barthelemy
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $2,025
    Project: Media Grant

    Yankees Fight the Kaiser

    Archival research and the acquisition of WWI footage shot by the US Army Signal Corps for a documentary.

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

    project director: Ed Klekowski
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock

    "The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock" an interactive play for middle and high school students about the desegregation crisis of 1957, presented at the John Adams Courthouse.

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

    project director: Derek Nelson
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Harvard's Black 17

    Trailer and script for "Harvard's Black 17", a documentary film about the African-American men enrolled in the class of 1963 under Harvard's first program of affirmative action.

    Independent Production Fund
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Kent Garrett
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Civil War Artifacts RIG

    Inventory and catalogue the Civil War-related materials in the city's historical collection.

    Methuen Historical Commission
    Methuen, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alene Reich
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Right Here in Roxbury

    Resource guide and a script for a trolley car tour, called "Roxbury Then and Now."

    Discover Roxbury
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marcia Butman
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $7,900
    Project Grant

    Free PillowTalks at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

    Presentations about the colorful history and varied forms of dance.

    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
    Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: David Barrett
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    "Karski", A Man Who Stood Up to Evil

    Marc P. Smith's new play about Polish resistance hero Jan Karski, who tried to stop the Holocaust by reporting to world leaders on the Warsaw Ghetto and the Belzec extermination camp.

    Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation, Inc.
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Marc P. Smith
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    100 Faces of War Experience

    An exhibition of oil portraits of American soldiers and civilians who have returned from the theaters of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the Springfield Armory Museum; and related programming and materials.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Matthew Mitchell
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

    An exhibit about the fight over slavery as it played out in Springfield, including the role of the African-American community, John Brown and the arms industry.

    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kay Simpson
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $9,950
    Project Grant

    Sail Massachusetts 2009 Tall Ships Youth Initiative

    Educator stipends and printed program materials for Massachusetts youth visiting the Boston waterfront to view the tall ships festival this summer.

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Oral Histories of Aquinnah

    A multimedia exhibit featuring a changing selection of oral histories of Wampanoag elders taped during the past twenty years.

    Aquinnah Cultural Center
    Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Berta Welch
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
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