Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Paul Cuffe: A Man for All Times

    Support for "Cuffe's Kitchen," an interactive audio exhibit on the life and work of Paul Cuffe, an 18th century whaler of Wampanoag and African-American descent who started the West India Trading Company. Cuffe, who became one of the wealthiest men in the emerging nation, used his power and influence to fight against slavery and for civil rights.

    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Greg Galer
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    City of Champions: A Portrait of Brockton

    A sociological collaboration between students and townspeople that will result in an exhibit of banner-sized portraits of Brockton residents hung in the city center. A written guide authored by local students will accompany the installation.
    (project website)

    Stonehill College
    North Easton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Mary Beth Meehan
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Events in Celebration of 20th Anniversary of Chinese Historical Society of New England

    a series of lectures and discussions on Chinese-American history and its influences in the region. The series will be supplemented with exhibits of unusual artifacts from the Society's impressive archive.

    Chinese Historical Society of New England
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nancy Eng
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    Social Media for "Never Stand Still"

    Organization of a social media campaign in support of its new documentary on the legendary history of the organization and its influence in the world of dance.

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

    project director: Lisa Niedermeyer
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer

    To help bring Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer, a one-man living history performance, to every fifth grader in the 34 public elementary schools in Worcester. The show introduces students to Thomas, who published the early newspaper "The Massachusetts Spy" and founded the American Antiquarian Society in 1812.

    CultureLeap
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Kristin Bafaro
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The High Notes of Roxbury's Jazz HIstory: An Oral History Project

    An oral history project on jazz in Roxbury and its role in developing several key ideas and tactics that influenced the Civil Rights Movement. This compelling history will be delivered via trolley tours.

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

    project director: Derek Lumpkins
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Mother of All Strikes: Bread and Roses Strike of 1912

    An interactive, multimedia exhibit on the famous Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. The exhibit will not only analyze the strike but also its longstanding implications in terms of workers' rights, unemployment, unions, and the state of Lawrence today.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Barbara Brown
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Theatrical Events for Cambridgeport History Day

    Development of vignette performances for this year's Cambridgeport History Day celebration on such key themes as immigration, race and ethnic identity, and urban development.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Catherine Zusy
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Polish Immigration in Hatfield

    Inventory of documents relating to Polish immigration to Hatfield in the first half of the 20th century.

    Hatfield Historical Society
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: George H. Ashley
    awarded on: 2011-06-01
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Antislavery Movement in Antebellum Cummington, Massachusetts

    Research in preparation for a 2012 exhibit on the antislavery movement in Cummington.

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

    project director: Carla Ness
    awarded on: 2011-06-01
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Cocoanut Grove Fire Materials Research Project

    Inventory of the collections of Charles Kenney and Jack Deady regarding the Cocoanut Grove Fire.

    The Boston Fire Historical Society
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ted Gerber
    awarded on: 2011-06-01
    amount: $1,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Abolition and "Underground Railroad" in Northampton Center in the Collection of Historic Northampton

    Research on a collection regarding the "New Organization" Liberty and Free Soil abolitionists who were active in Northampton Center, with the goal of placing abolition and the "underground railroad" in their proper context for programming.

    Historic Northampton
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Steve Strimer
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $3,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Pathways to the Past: Primary Sources for Primary Grades

    Identification of themes that come out of the Society's holdings and North Andover history that match the Massachusetts Frameworks curriculum; those materials will then be made accessible to teachers for use in classrooms.

    North Andover Historical Society
    North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Inga C. Larson
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $3,000
    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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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
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