Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    I Shall Ever Be Under Obligation to You: Sailor's Stories from the War of 1812

    A theatrical production based on the lives of sailors and sailor's widows who applied for pensions after the War of 1812. The play is an outgrowth of research funded by MFH, NEH and IMLS.

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

    project director: Anne G. Rand
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $4,588
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Immigrant City: Then and Now

    The project comprises an exhibit including oral histories and artifacts at the Somerville Museum and related activities before and during the exhibit period that will provide the materials to promote a public dialogue across generation and across various racial-ethnic groups in Somerville about similarities and differences in how these immigrants experienced the American dream of liberty and justice for all.

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

    project director: Warren Goldstein-Gelb
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Presentation by Humanities Scholar During Jazz Performance

    Salim Washington will speak between sets of a jazz performance by The Makand Project to discuss the broader social implications of trends in jazz.

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

    project director: John Kordalewski
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $600
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    imaginASIA

    Program highlighting the connection between Eastern and Western cultures featuring an exhibit, gallery lectures, gallery programs, art courses and a festival.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Melanie Mowinski
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Linking Communities

    A traveling history exhibition and installation of two bronze markers honoring four women from West Tisbury who in 1963 during the years of the Civil Rights Movement, took the great risk of leaving the safety of their homes and traveled to North Carolina to take part in protests against the denial of civil rights to African American people.

    African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
    West Tisbury, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Elaine C. Weintraub
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $2,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    On the Road in Lowell

    A multi-faceted commemorative event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's ground-breaking novel. The celebration consits of a summer-long exhibition, a film and music series and a speaker series.

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

    project director: Dora St. Martin
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Aspiring to Liberty: Middle Eastern Identities and Conflict in Context Summer Institute

    A one-week summer institute cultivating teachers' understanding of the different ways liberty and justice are expressed in the Middle East. The institute will explore five themes: Colonialism and Modernity; Political Aspirations and Ideologies; Oil, Water, and Labor; Gender and Social Issues; and Ethnic and Religious Difference.

    Primary Source
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Deborah Cunningham
    awarded on: 2007-03-09
    amount: $7,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Brockton Historical Society RIG

    Archival of the personal and military papers of Captain Lucius Richmond a Brocktonian and an Officer in the Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry during the Civil War.

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

    project director: Derek Canavan
    awarded on: 2007-02-01
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Middleborough Historical Society Research Inventory Grant

    Support to inventory the Lavinia Warren Bump (Mrs. Tom Thumb) collection in preparation for renewing their exhibition of material on the couple.

    Middleborough Historical Association
    Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Dorothy Thayer
    awarded on: 2007-01-20
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Research Inventory Grant

    An inventory project for the Natick Historical Society to catalogue their collection of photographs.

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

    project director: Jennifer Hance
    awarded on: 2007-01-20
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Herbert J. Harwood (1854-1910)

    Description and analysis of the life of Herbert J. Harwood.

    Littleton Historical Society and Museum
    Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Ann H. Himmelberger
    awarded on: 2007-01-15
    amount: $2,463
    Proposal Development Grant

    Partnership of the Historic Bostons

    Proposal development for Partnership of the Historic Bostons.

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

    project director: Wilfred Holton
    awarded on: 2006-12-27
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    They Had to Go Out

    The installation a permanent exhibit on the history of the coastal lifesaving station whose headquarters the museum now occupies.

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

    project director: Victoria Stevens
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $4,780
    Project Grant

    Lighting the Way: The Life and Legacy of William Rotch, Jr.

    The design and installation of an exhibit on the Rotch family and its role in New Bedford's whaling industry.

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Kate Corkum
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Witch House Program Series

    An expansion of the museum's family-oriented program series on colonial life.

    Witch House
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elizabeth Seater
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $3,413
    Project: Media Grant

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secrets of Government

    Pre-production for a feature-length documentary focusing on Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers.

    Kovno Communications
    Berkeley, CA, Alameda County

    project director: Judith Ehrlich
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Late Indian War

    Pre-production of a documentary exploring the social and spiritual impact of English colonization on eastern Indians from the perspectives of their living descendants.

    Women Make Movies, Inc.
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Ann Tweedy
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Far Out: Life on and after the Commune

    A treatment and trailer for a documentary on two sister communes in Montague, Massachusetts and Guilford, Vermont.

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

    project director: Charles Light
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Between Revolutions: The Federal Period

    The production and dissemination of elementary and middle school curriculum materials on the Federal Period of U.S. history.

    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Katz
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Memory of a Forgotten War Preproduction

    Pre-production work on a documentary film on the impact and legacies of the Korean War.

    Boston College
    Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: G. Ramsay Liem
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Eleanor Roosevelt Returns to Worcester

    A two-part living history program featuring Elena Dodd as Eleanor Roosevelt and the Master Singers of Worcester performing a cantata about Eleanor Roosevelt's life and accomplishments.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center, Inc.
    Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $3,675
    Project Grant

    Never a Bad Hair Day

    An art exhibit featuring African sculptures and an accompanying series of lectures and workshops about hair in African and African American cultures to be held in various Worcester venues.

    Willis Center Cultural Institute
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Gloria Hall
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Road to Freedom: Greenfield and the Underground Railroad

    A year-long project focusing on the history of the underground railroad in Greenfield that combines individual research, presentations, and an after school program.

    Greenfield Human Rights Commission
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Joan Featherman
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $7,612
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Literature in Letters: Four Centuries of the Epsitolary Novel

    Reading and discussion program coinciding with a larger year-long series centered around letters.

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

    project director: Lucy Loomis
    awarded on: 2006-11-07
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Lost in Translation

    A reading and discussion series based on the stories of individuals who are somehow displaced, removed, or voluntarily in exile from their home contexts.

    Pelham Library
    Pelham, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Rebecca Frank
    awarded on: 2006-09-18
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Quilts: The Social Fabric of Massachusetts

    Professional photography for the book: "Quilts: The Social Fabric of Massachusetts."

    Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project
    Ware, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lynne Bassett
    awarded on: 2006-09-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Hands on History at the Old State House Museum

    The creation of three "Hands-on-History" galleries for family learning at the Old State House Museum in Boston.

    Bostonian Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rainey Tisdale
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Abraca O Barco

    The production of a 15-minute film to augment the Provincetown Public Library's exhibit of a half-sized replica of the schooner Rose Dorothea.

    Town of Provincetown
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Karen MacDonald
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Tapping the Source

    A series of workshops for secondary and post-secondary teachers, focusing on the use of primary sources.

    Bristol Community College
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Andrew Hoffman
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $6,500
    Project Grant

    Making Leather; Living Life: An Oral and Documentary History of Work

    An oral history project to collect the memories of leather business workers and those knowledgeable about the impact of the leather industry on the daily lives of Peabody residents.
    (project website)

    George Peabody House Museum
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $3,915
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Is this America? Liberty and Justice for All

    A series of ten public programs examining the contemporary challenges to the ideals of "liberty and justice for all" on which the United states is founded. Each public program is later broadcast nationwide and available for download at WGBH on-demand.

    Cambridge Forum
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director:
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $8,450
    Project Grant

    Destination Holyoke: Exhibition Series on Immigration and Migration to Holyoke

    A four-exhibit series on immigration and migration to Holyoke.

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

    project director: Kate N. Thibodeau
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Language of America: Native Cultural Survival in a Global Age

    Preproduction support for a documentary film that explores New England Native identity from the point of view of view of language preservation and loss.

    Northeast Historic Film
    Bucksport, ME, Hancock County

    project director: Ben Levine
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    The Figure a Poem Makes

    A workshop on the reading and writing of poetry for Berkshire County elementary, middle and high school teachers.

    The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: David Dashiell
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $3,700
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding the Modern Middle East

    A library reading and discussion series focusing on the political history of the Modern Middle East (formerly a council-conducted program).

    Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
    Wakefield, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elisabeth Doucett
    awarded on: 2006-09-07
    amount: $500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Visions of America

    Programming and resources to accompany an exhibit of Currier & Ives prints, including a panel discussion, an on-line version of the exhibit, and an exhibition/program brochure.

    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kay Simpson
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $9,500
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Working Waterfront Documentation Project

    An oral history project that will be conducted in conjunction with the third Working Waterfront Festival, a celebration of the occupational culture of the commercial fishing industry.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $7,022
    Project Grant

    Mi Puerto Rico: Master Painters of the Island, 1785-1952

    A bilingual audio tour and public programs in conjunctions with an upcoming exhibit, "Mi Puerto Rico: Master Painters of the Island, 1785-1952."

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

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum

    The publication of a catalogue of the Concord Museum's Thoreau collection that includes his desk, walking stick, flute, spyglass, and other objects.

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

    project director:
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Colonial America and the American Revolution: Experiencing the Past in Historic Lexington

    Educational programs for K-12 students using the Lexington Historical Society's collection of documents and artifacts and its three Colonial properties that figured in the Battle of Lexington.

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

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $4,580
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