Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Day the Revolution Began: Orientation Film for Visitors to Lexington

    Production of an introductory film for visitors from around the world to the historical context of the Battle of Lexington. The film will complement Lexington Historical Society's interpretive program at three nationally significant historical sites with important connections to the events of April 19, 1775.

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

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Chosen to Lead

    Series of public programs examining the nature of leadership and political franchise in Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Homeland in the 17th century, the 30-year Mashpee Wampanoag Federal recognition process, and current affairs in the Wampanoag Homeland since achieving sovereignty. Programming will include thematic tours and talks by museum staff, Native community forums, performances of theatre pieces and an exhibit.

    Plimoth Plantation, Inc
    Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Elizabeth A. Lodge
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Examining Human Rights and Racial Justice in Boston, the US, and the World

    Lecture, panel discussion, photography exhibit, and the distribution of a dvd and study materials to stimulate discussion of competing views of racial justice.

    Northeastern University
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Martha F. Davis
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $7,052
    Project Grant

    First Contacts - In the Time Before Now: The Massachuset, The Partnership of the Historic Partners

    Series of public events focusing on the largely unknown history of the Massachuset people who inhabited the land that would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The project will present the story of the time before now from both perspectives: the Massachuset - representing the Native population in New England - and the Puritans - representing the Europeans.

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

    project director: Wilfred Holton
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    USS Alligator Poster

    Design, printing and shipment of an educational poster depicting the Civil War submarine, Alligator.

    The Navy and Marine Living History Association
    North Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Charles L. Veit
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $4,995
    Project Grant

    Boston and Beyond: A Bird's Eye View of New England: A Lecture Series

    Three part lecture series in conjunction with a major gallery exhibition combining architectural surveying, cartography, and popular art to produce an oblique aerial image of a community as if imagined from 2,000 to 3,000 feet.

    Boston Public Library
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Roni Pick
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $3,280
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Revolutionary Ideals and Modern Debate: The Evolution of Liberty and Justice.

    A series of four in-depth public programs and a teacher workshop exploring how the concepts of liberty and justice in the Bill of Rights have evolved in our country's history.

    Old South Meeting House
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle LeBlanc
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Henry V Conversations: What is a Just War?

    Post production panel discussions of the play and its relevance to our times, including veterans in the audience. As a follow-up, a veterans' workshop will be held including performances/reading from Henry V, writing prompts and journaling, sharing of personal stories, and a discussion of the play.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Social Justice in Soviet and American Societies

    Video-taped oral history interviews from 15 Soviet immigrants living in Lynn.

    Lynn Museum
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Molly Pucci
    awarded on: 2007-12-08
    amount: $3,700
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Adults in Transition: Exploring the Unexpected

    Library reading and discussion group at the Sturgis Library

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

    project director: Marcella M. Curry
    awarded on: 2007-10-25
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Got Food? Creating a Hunger Free Community

    An exhibit at Worcester Historical Museum, a lecture/discussion series offered to the Worcester County community at various partner agencies, oral histories from the leaders, volunteers and service recipients of WCFP and its partners and other public programs.

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

    project director: William D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Lasting Legacies: Art and Poetry for Lawrence MA

    Exhibition for the entrance to the Lawrence Public library using a slide show and free-standing exhibits highlighting the legacies of two former Lawrence residents, Robert Frost and Reverend William Wolcott.

    Robert Frost Foundation
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mark Schorr
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Birth of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Movement in Massachusetts, 1987-2007

    Documentation of the gay-straight alliance movement's origins through community panel discussions and an oral history course.

    Stonewall Communities, Inc.
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michael A. Connolly
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $9,595
    Project Grant

    Stonehurst Exhibit and Signage Design

    Design and planning of permanent signage to introduce the story of the site and fundamental interpretive concepts to annual visitors.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship

    Development of an online exhibition for children and families to learn about the history of the New England whaling industry and its impact around the world using as its centerpiece the diary of Laura Jernegan, a young girl on a whaling voyage in the mid-1800s.

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

    project director: Nancy Cole
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Story Capture Booth at the Choosing to Participate Exhibit

    Development of a story capture booth to allow visitors to videotape their own reflections on exhibit material. Visitors will be invited to step into a private booth located adjacent to an exhibit area and by a series of open ended questions appearing in sequence on a computer touch screen as they videotape their thoughts and reactions to both the exhibit content and their own related life experiences.

    Boston Museum Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Katy Abel
    awarded on: 2007-09-02
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Mexico: Reading and Discussion Series

    Reading and discussion group about Mexico and its shared history in the West and Southwest of the USA.

    Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries and Meekins Library
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Nel Wijnhoven
    awarded on: 2007-06-18
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    In the Spirit of Clara Barton: Almira Fales and the Women of South Danvers

    Exhibit focusing on letters sent to the Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society formed in South Danvers (now Peabody) from the years 1861 including a living history performance and two lectures.

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

    project director: Nancy Barthelemy
    awarded on: 2007-06-14
    amount: $1,050
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Branded on My Arm and In My Soul

    Publication of "Branded on My Arm and In My Soul," the holocaust memoir of long-time New Bedford resident, Abraham Landeau.

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

    project director: Karen Gravel
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Rockland Historical Commission RIG

    Inventory of Civil War and late nineteenth century era documents, photos and postcards.

    Rockland Historical Commission
    Rockland, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: James Paul
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Worthington Historical Society RIG

    Inventory of the Burr family collection to help elucidate the experience of farming in rural Western Massachusetts.

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

    project director: Patricia Kennedy
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $910
    Project: Media Grant

    Peacemaking Circle

    Pre-production of a documentary exploring cutting-edge applications of a Native American tradition in which community members resolve conflict by convening a special ritual circle.

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills, Exploring the Plainfield Landscape

    Design of self-guided outings for a family audience that explore the history and ecology of the Plainfield landscape. Tours will involve participants in the 'discovery' of history.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Pleun Bouricius
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Living Off the Land in Falmouth, Then and Now

    A trolley tour focusing on Falmouth's agricultural history including a visit to a modern farm and a local community garden.

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

    project director: Carolyn T. Powers
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $3,090
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Working Waterfront Documentation Project

    The Working Waterfront Documentation Project will document and present the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing and port industries in conjunction with the Working Waterfront Festival.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $9,320
    Project Grant

    John Quincy Adams in Russia

    Series of regional performances of a historically accurate presentation of the role of John Quincy Adams in creating the lasting bonds between Russia and America.

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

    project director: James D. Moran
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $4,985
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive

    Production of a film titled "Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge". Employing multiple perspectives, this documentary will tell the story of a little-known but highly significant event in the history of the Second Wave of the women's movement. The takeover of a Harvard building was the surprise ending of that year's International Women's Day March.

    888 Women's History Project, Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Rivo
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Color Initiative

    Radio reporting initiative that will examine complex global issues of democracy, liberty, culture, history and society through the framework of human perceptions and experiences related to skin color. Aired on WGBH/BBC/PRI's The World.

    Lifted Veils Productions, Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Phillip Martin
    awarded on: 2007-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Memory Breakdown?

    Pre-production funds to support research, consultation with a scholar, and the usage of archival footage for the documentary film "Memory Breakdown?" The film will feature Nina Schuessler, a Massachusetts woman who takes a trip into the unknown and finds the place where her mother's friends were guillotined.

    Harwich Port Library Association
    Harwich Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Stefan Roloff
    awarded on: 2007-06-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Martha Rosler: Bringing the War Home

    A brochure and public programs for students and adults in conjunction with the exhibition. Includes a lecture by Howard Zinn and an artist talk by Martha Rosler.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Susan L. Stoops
    awarded on: 2007-06-08
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Attleboro Area Industrial Museum SIR

    Research into Attleboro's great fire of 1898.

    Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
    Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: George Shelton
    awarded on: 2007-04-15
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Inquiry into the Role of African-Americans at Old North

    Research on the lives of enslaved and free Africans and African-Americans who were members of the Old North congregation.

    Old North Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Christine Baron
    awarded on: 2007-03-13
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Our American Cousin

    Peformances of a new opera with music by Eric Sawyer and libretto by John Shoptaw. Set in Ford's Theatre on the night of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, "Our American Cousin" provides and unusal lens on the events of that evening by telling its story both from the perspective of the actors who were onstage at the time and from that of President and Mrs. Lincoln as they watched the show from their box.

    Live in Concert, Inc.
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Eric Sawyer
    awarded on: 2007-03-13
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant

    Thomas Paine: Voice of the Revolution

    Documentary exploring Thomas Paine's contributions to democracy.

    Old Stone House of Brooklyn
    Brooklyn, NY, Kings County

    project director: Karen Thorsen
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    "Uprising on King Street" The Boston Massacre" at the John Adams Courthouse

    Performances of an original play examining the nature of justice during times of military occupation followed by a debate.

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

    project director: Derek Nelson
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Art as Healer and Provocateur

    A three evening event including an exhibition by Polish-Jewish artist and Holocaust survivor Mira Zelechower-Aleksiun, a presentation of Double Edge's original production, "Republic of Dreams," based on the life of WWII-era Polish-Jewish writer and artist Bruno Schulz, and a symposium featuring Mexican-Jewish writer/scholar Ilan Stavans, German-American author/scholar Sigrid Bauschinger, Congregation B'Nai Israel Rabbi Justin David and Double Edge artists Carlos Uriona and Stacy Klein.

    Double Edge Theatre
    Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Stacy Klein
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $6,631
    Project Grant

    Environmental Change and Society: Massachusetts as a Model

    A 24 part radio series using Massachusetts as a model to document the connections between environmental change and human history.

    Friends of WFCR
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laurie Sanders
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    New England News Forum Outreach

    Panel discussions in Boston and Springfield discussing the role of the press in society and introducing the audience to the New England News Forum.

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

    project director: Steve J. Simurda
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $2,350
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    300 Years of Mapping Orleans and Cape Cod, 1600-1900

    Exhibit of antique maps showing how cartographic depictions of the area were used to not only assist with the exploration and trade commerce of the coastal area, but as a marketing tool for prospective colonists from the old world. Guest speakers will discuss the history, interpretation and collecting of antique maps.

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

    project director: Tamsen Cornell
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $2,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Massachusetts Poetry Outreach Project

    Creation of a database including MA poets, poetry organizations, poetry programs, readings, poetry societies, workshops and opportunities for public poetry for use by anyone seeking to promote poetry within the Commonwealth.

    The Commonwealth Foundation
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michael Ansara
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $5,000
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