Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    The Timon Project

    Performances and scholar-led discussions of Timon of Athens for inner city youth and South Boston communities.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2010-03-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Henry David Thoreau Birthplace: Exhibit Implementation Project

    Installation of the core exhibit for the Henry David Thoreau Birthplace, newly preserved and renovated as a "green" building.

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

    project director: Nancy Grohol
    awarded on: 2010-03-12
    amount: $4,600
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Jazz Reading Group at Dudley Library

    Reading group examining literature about jazz and the social and cultural issues around it.

    Roxbury Action Program
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: John Kordalewski
    awarded on: 2009-12-28
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Parsons Paper Collection

    Support to inventory the records of the Parsons Paper Company, the first paper mill in Holyoke.

    Holyoke Public Library
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Maria Pagan
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Benjamin Franklin Butler Cartoons

    Support to inventory 19th century cartoons and prints about Lowell resident and owner of the Middlesex Company, Benjamin Franklin Butler.

    Lowell Historical Society
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Martha Mayo
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Media Grant

    "The American Revolution"

    Support for research, a film treatment, and a trailer for a documentary about the early years of the Boston radio station, WBCN.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Bill Lichtenstein
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Big Read: Boston - Fahrenheit 451

    Funding to purchase copies of the book Fahrenheit 451 for a citywide, "one book" project.

    WUMB Radio
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Patricia Monteith
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $6,135
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Mrs. Murray's Writing Closet

    Support for planning an exhibition of the writing closet of Enlightenment author and early feminist Judith "Constantia" Sargent Murray.

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

    project director: Barbara Silberman
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Bread and Roses Project

    Support for research, script writing, and the production of a trailer for The Bread and Roses Project documentary.

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

    project director: Bernardo Ruiz
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Exposed at Work

    Support for production of a play about the language-based health and safety struggles of immigrant day laborers in Somerville.

    The Welcome Project
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Warren Goldstein-Gelb
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $9,982
    Project Grant

    The 5th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival

    Support for the "Cultures in Conflict?" festival featuring controversial issues in the Muslim world.

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

    project director: Lauren Murphy
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $4,120
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    TRUTH: A New Opera on the Life of Sojourner Truth

    Support for writing of the libretto for a new opera entitled TRUTH, on the life of Sojourner Truth.

    Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda McInerney
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Places Poems Make

    Support for a workshop for Worcester high school teachers exploring connections between poetry and local history.

    Worcester County Poetry Association
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Mark Wagner
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $4,750
    Project Grant

    Truro Archaeology: A Hands-On Exhibit

    Support for planning a hands-on exhibit based on the society's collection of Native American artifacts, including a portable "suitcase" exhibit.

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

    project director: Deborah Minsky
    awarded on: 2009-12-11
    amount: $2,500
    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: Bill 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
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