Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Scourge of New England: An Oral History of the Norfolk Prison Debate Team

    Support to collect, transcribe, archive, and present oral histories of former Norfolk Prison debaters from the 1930s to the 1950s.

    Norfolk Historical Commission
    Norfolk, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Natasha Haverty
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    African Americans in Rural New England

    Creation of a podcast, tour map, and online resources for African American sites in Old Deerfield.

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

    project director: Timothy Neumann
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Remembering Galileo

    Support for the public series, Remembering Galileo, including keynote speaker Dava Sobel.

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

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Popular Romance Project

    A documentary about romance fiction and its authors.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Laurie Kahn
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Voices from the Port

    Ten audio segments based on interviews with a variety of workers in fishing and related industries.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $9,070
    Project Grant

    A Sailor's Life

    A book about sailors in the U.S. Navy to accompany the exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor's Life in 1812.

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

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

    There's a Meeting Here Tonight!

    A production about the Hutchinson Family Singers, who shared stages with leaders of the abolitionist, women's suffrage, and temperance movements.

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

    project director: Kay Dunlap
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Table for 10: The Art, History and Science of Food

    A series of exhibitions and lectures about food in Pioneer Valley museums.

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

    project director: Kevin Kennedy
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Thoreau Country: Mapping Henry David Thoreau's Travels in Massachusetts

    Support for research and the creation of entries for an interactive online map of Thoreau's travels through Massachusetts.
    (project website)

    Thoreau Society
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan E. Gallagher
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $3,500
    Project Grant

    People & Place: Oral Histories & Photographs of Ipswich Seniors

    Creation of an oral history and photography exhibit about Ipswich during the first half of the 20th century.

    Ipswich Council On Aging
    Ipswich, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Terri Unger
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Prison Dogs

    Preproduction work on "Prison Dogs", a documentary featuring a program to train service dogs for veterans.

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

    project director: Katherine Robinson
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Mapping Leather: A Look at Peabody's Industrial Past

    Creation of a Google Earth map of the leather industry in Peabody from 1939 through the 1990s, when the industry folded.

    City of Peabody
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $3,495
    Project Grant

    Boston Book Festival

    The hosting of authors at the festival on October 16 in Boston.

    Boston Book Festival, Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Emily D'Amour Pardo
    awarded on: 2010-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Holbrook Photograph Collection

    Inventory of 2,500 photographs of Holbrook from the 19th through the late 20th centuries.

    Holbrook Historical Society
    Holbrook, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Edna Bowers
    awarded on: 2010-05-20
    amount: $1,470
    Research Inventory Grant

    Metz Automobiles Materials

    Inventory and createion of a finding aid for the Charles H. Metz and Waltham Manufacturing Company collection.

    Waltham Museum
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Marie Wasnock
    awarded on: 2010-05-20
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Beyond the Grave

    Cataloging of gravestone inscriptions, conditions, and artwork in the four acre "Old Section" of Vine Lake Cemetery, dating back to 1651.

    Vine Lake Preservation Trust
    Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Robert T. Gregg
    awarded on: 2010-05-20
    amount: $1,500
    Resource Center Grant

    Fields Corner Collaborative Tours

    Training program, walking tour and guidebook to strengthen youth leadership skills.

    Dorchester Historical Society
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jeff Gonyeau
    awarded on: 2010-04-22
    amount: $2,586
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Coexist

    Editing of a classroom length version of "Coexist", a documentary about post-genocide reconciliation programs in Rwanda.

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

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2010-03-12
    amount: $10,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    New Perspectives on the History of Redware in Peabody MA

    Research on and interpretation of the Society's collection of redware pottery for an exhibit in 2011.

    Peabody Historical Society
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Heather Leavell
    awarded on: 2010-03-12
    amount: $2,809
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Relics of Rebellion

    Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of military objects from the Civil War for a 150th anniversary exhibit.

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

    project director: Holly Izard
    awarded on: 2010-03-12
    amount: $3,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Mohicans in Western Massachusetts

    Research into Mohican cultural resources in preparation for reinterpreting the Mission House and Monument Mountain in Stockbridge.

    Trustees of Reservations
    Beverly, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Will Garrison
    awarded on: 2010-03-12
    amount: $2,962
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