Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Vietnam: A Television History

    A public symposium centered on part of a PBS series on the Vietnam War. The discussion will be filmed and made available on the Web.

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

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

    Rediscovering Hawley's Old Town Common

    A historic site at the location of the old Town Common to be created by adding paths and signage as well as stabilizing cellar holes and dug wells that surrounded the old Meetinghouse.

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

    project director: Raymond L. Gotta
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    We, the Peoples

    A hands-on, primary source teacher education program on Native American history that utilizes artifacts from the Robbins Museum, and allows participants to design their own curricula.

    Massachusetts Archaeological Society
    Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Mary T. Concannon
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Sailors Speak Promotional Campaign Package

    The launch of the museum's new identity and permanent core exhibit, which will use the words of "Old Ironsides" crew members of to convey life at sea during the War of 1812.

    USS Constitution Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Anne G. Rand
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Boston Harbor Shipwreck Website

    A web site based on its Boston Harbor Shipwreck Chart and companion book, "Shipwrecks and Nautical Lore of Boston Harbor," including primary source documents and images for each wreck.
    (project website)

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

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

    Massachusetts Lafayette Day

    Public humanities programming on Lafayette Day, including a reenactment of the welcoming speech given the Revolutionary War hero Marquis in 1824, in the Senate Chamber, and other ceremonies and reenactments involving D-Day veterans.

    Massachusetts Lafayette Society
    Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Alan Hoffman
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Minot's Light Traveling Exhibit

    A pair of traveling exhibits on the history of the Minot Ledge Lighthouse and the story of the underwater archaeological search for its remains.

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

    project director: Robert S. Michelson
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Minister and Mrs. Satan

    An original play about the life of women's suffrage activist Victoria Woodhull, to focus in part on the adultery scandal referred to as the Beecher-Tilton Affair.

    Harwich Junior Theatre, Inc
    West Harwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

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

    Understanding Daily Life in Falmouth

    Third and fifth grade curriculum units that use local history materials on colonial life, maritime industry, the War of 1812, and the life of Katherine Lee Bates.

    Falmouth Museums on the Green
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Carolyn T. Powers
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Finding Voices in the Silence

    Identification and research of African Americans buried at Forest Hills and incorporation of the findings into a walking tour.

    Forest Hills Educational Trust
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cecily Miller
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $3,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Native American Occupation of Pamet River Drainage

    Research on a collection of Native American artifacts from the Rose Farm area of Corn Hill in Truro, and provide interpretive material for scholars and visitors.

    Truro Historical Society
    Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Deborah Minsky
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $2,750
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    North Sunderland and the Connecticut River

    Research on North Sunderland's relation to the natural resources of the Connecticut River, incorporating insights from natural and environmental history in a historic tour.

    Sunderland Historical Commission
    Sunderland, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda Lopatka
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $2,862
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Roxbury K-12 Education Residency

    A partnership centered on a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Hibernian Hall involving eight Roxbury schools and organizations serving at-risk youth.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The 19th Century Westport Woman: Exploring her Life through her Clothes

    Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of clothes used by women in the rural community of Westport during the nineteenth century.

    Westport Historical Society
    Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jenny O'Neill
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Elizabeth Islands Shipwrecks RIG

    Inventory of the Cutthyhunk Historical Society's collection of materials from local shipwrecks off the Elizabeth Islands.

    Cuttyhunk Historical Society
    Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Ann N. Conway
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    California Dreamin' RIG

    Inventory of artifacts and documents in public collections across the three counties of the Pioneer Valley related to Valley residents who journeyed to California as part of the California Gold Rush.

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

    project director: Margaret Humberston
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Five Generations of the Ellis Family

    Inventory of the Ellis Family collection, a recent donation of 200 items from the Ellis Family of Westwood, to be used as the basis for a major exhibition at the Westwood Historical Society in the fall of 2009.

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

    project director: John L. Pritchard
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Pixapedia-Immigration Project

    Production of a short web film template and launch of a website focusing on the needs of immigrants seeking citizenship in the United States.

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

    project director: James Rutenbeck
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The Draft and Democracy

    Pre-production of a two-part documentary telling the story of the military draft. Project treatment, full proposal and a promo.

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

    project director: Christine Herbes-Sommers
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Extending the Life of "A Little Rebellion"

    Conversion to DVD of the educational video production "A Little Rebellion Now and Then".

    Calliope Film Resources, Inc.
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Randall Conrad
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    An American Journey: Revels Repertory Company School Programs and Public Performances

    Original musical theater production about immigrants to America in 1907. Two public performances and five school programs.

    Revels Inc
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kay Dunlap
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $3,415
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Craft in America

    A multi-faceted journey into the origin and continuation of American craft traditions.

    Fuller Craft Museum
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Gretchen Keyworth
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Reinterpreting the Sargent House: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Female Rights

    Consultation and programming for an idea based interpretation of Judith Sargent Murray, a writer who championed equal eductaion and "female" rights in her pioneering essay "On the Equality of the Sexes."

    Sargent House Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Barbara Silberman
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $9,070
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Struggle Baby

    Pre-production of a film about five children of 60's and 70's social just activists.

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

    project director: Bernardine Mellis
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $8,650
    Research Inventory Grant

    Royall Family Correspondence - RIG

    Inventory of the sources of contemporary information about the Royall family's correspondence at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

    Royall House Association
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Rosemarie Woods
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

    Production of a book of photographs and essays documenting the history of Colonial Meetinghouses in New England. Accompanying travel exhibition.

    University Press of New England
    Lebanon, NH, Grafton County

    project director: Phylliss D. Deutsch
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Paper Mills Documentary Project

    Creation of a trailer and script treatment for the Paper Mills Documentary Project.

    Paper Town Projects, Inc.
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Judith Monachina
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $9,650
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Working Waterfront Interpretive Program

    Support of various programs related to "Fitting Out," a new exhibit focusing on the shoreside industries that supported the local fishing fleet circa 1900. Includes production of a training packet for docents, equipment design for docent use, production of an activity guide and the organization of a lecture series.

    Gloucester Maritime Heritage Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    The 2009 Lowell Film Festival

    Two-day festival of both feature and documentary films dealing with the impact of globalization on garment production and the production and distribution of food, as well as globalization's impact on issues involving labor and women. Includes film screenings, panel discussions and a fair trade market.

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

    project director: Suzz Cromwell
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book & CD Project

    Publication of a bilingual Cambodian Refugee Poetry & CD Project.

    Light of Cambodian Children
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Samkhann Khoeun
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Let Me Take You There: Books with a Strong Sense of Place

    Library reading and discussion program featuring books with a strong sense of place.

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

    project director: Marcella M. Curry
    awarded on: 2008-12-10
    amount: $1,000
    Proposal Development Grant

    Light of Cambodian Children Proposal Development

    Requested funds will be used to pay for an English editorial service for the bilingual Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book & CD Project to make sure the proposal has proper English language syntax, clear objectives, achievable measurable outcomes, and is in line with the mission of Mass Humanities and the sponsoring agency.

    Light of Cambodian Children
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Samkhann Khoeun
    awarded on: 2008-09-25
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    The Jacksons and Their Homestead

    Planning and design of an exhibit to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the Jackson Homestead.

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

    project director: Susan Abele
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Boston Muslim Film Festival

    Festival of films examining artistic expression in the face of censorship. The festival aims to engage the general public on developments in the Muslim world with free screenings, expert presenters and live performances.

    American Islamic Congress
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lauren Murphy
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $4,555
    Project Grant

    Holyoke's Memory Book

    Creation of an oral history component for the online collection of Holyoke's history. The component will provide a training session on how to conduct oral history interviews, a library of oral history texts, oral history opportunities for classrooms and the opportunity for applicatns to collect digital oral histories from institutions such as Holyoke's Soldier's Home.

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

    project director: Kate N. Thibodeau
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Taking History Home: The Shays' Rebellion Interactive Exhibit

    Development of an interactive museum exhibit designed to connect people to the constitutional significance of the Springfield Armory Historical site. The exhibit will use the Springfield Technical Community College's Shays' Rebellion & the Making of a Nation: from Revolution to Constitution website as the centerpiece.

    Springfield Technical Community College
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Arlene Rodriguez
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Great Decisions

    Public lecture series and forum taking place over five weeks focusing on American foreign policy issues.

    Five Colleges Learning in Retirement
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Roger Coulombe
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $4,090
    Project Grant

    One Town Many Cultures Film Series

    Multicultural film series held at the Sharon Public Library. Each of four evenings will feature a popular film about the struggle between traditional family values and modern society in a different ethnic or religious group represented in Sharon. A discussion by a scholar will precede each film to provide a cultural and historic context for the movie and to connect these themes to our present day lives among neighbors from different religious and cultural backgrounds. One or two local residents will also share their personal experience as they relate to the movie themes.

    Interfaith Action, Inc.
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Beth Hoke
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Oral Histories of Aquinnah

    Planning for an interactive exhibit of Aquinnah Wampanoag oral histories describing Aquinnah Wampanoag lifeways, history and culture.

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

    project director: Berta Welch
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Beyond Affliction, The Disability History Project

    Re-versioning of a substantial volume of website materials first developed for the award-winning radio series to become an audio-visual online exhibition.

    Straight Ahead Pictures
    Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laurie Block
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $10,000
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