Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Media Grant

    From Somalia to Springfield: Stories from the Somali Women's Project

    Preproduction of a documentary about Somali women adjusting to life in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Fund For Women Artists
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Julie Akeret
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Spirit of Providence

    The production of a documentary about the Sisters of Providence in Holyoke, Massachusetts, who founded public healthcare institutions in the region.

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

    project director: Elizabeth Wilda
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Our Commonwealth: The Massachusetts Experiment in Democracy

    An exhibition of the foundational documents of Massachusetts including the 1629 Massachusetts Bay Charter, to be displayed at the Massachusetts Archives.

    Friends of the Commonwealth Museum
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Stephen Kenney
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Scenes from a Parish

    Production grant for this documentary about three years in a multicultural Catholic parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

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

    Unmuddling the Modern Middle East

    A summer teachers' institute that will equip teachers with the knowledge and curricular resources necessary for teaching about the modern Middle East.

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

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

    The ASP Teacher Institute at Emerson College

    The Actors' Shakespeare Project's summer teaching institute on teaching Shakespeare, centering on their Boston production of Hamlet

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

    project director: Sara Stackhouse
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Concord River Greenway Park Historical Signage

    Interpretive historical signage (wayside exhibits) to be installed in the Concord River Greenway park, a large community project preserving land along the east bank of the Lowell portion of the Concord River.

    Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kristin McCauley
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $7,978
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    A Stroll through Paradise: Stepping into History

    The installation of an "outdoor museum" of historic markers in Northampton.

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

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 2006-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Humanities Solo Historical/Literary Series

    A summer series of eleven interactive living history performances.

    Payomet Performing Arts
    Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jim Cooke
    awarded on: 2006-06-09
    amount: $3,740
    Project Grant

    Women at War

    A theater piece based on oral history interviews with military women from Massachusetts who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    Northampton Center for the Arts
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: John Hadden
    awarded on: 2006-06-09
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Littleton Historical Society RIG

    The creation of an inventory of the journals and writings of three generations of the Harwood family. The final product will be a guide to the Harwood family papers.

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

    project director: Ann H. Himmelberger
    awarded on: 2006-06-01
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Plainfield Historical Society RIG

    The entering of historical deeds from the Dyer collection into a database to be made available at the Shaw Memorial Library in Plainfield.

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

    project director: Judy Williams
    awarded on: 2006-05-23
    amount: $1,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Men at Work: Overseers in Lowell's Ante-bellum Textile Mills

    A study of the male overseers at Lowell's ante-bellum textile mills.

    Center for Lowell History
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Martha Mayo
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Fashionable Accessories: Daveys Handbags

    A study of the records and product samples from Daveys, a Worcester handbag company. The records now reside with the Worcester Historical Museum.

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

    project director: Holly Izard
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Straw and Textile Industries in Stoughton and Easton Massachusetts in the Early 19th Century

    A study of the development of the straw-braiding and textile industries in Stoughton and Easton from before the War of 1812 to approximately 1840, as reflected in the Hodges Collection of business ledgers and day books.

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

    project director: Dwight H. MacKerron
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,390
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Keeping the Harvest: Historic Foodways in the Andovers

    Archival research into the artifacts related to food history held by both Andover and North Andover Historical Societies. Resources developed will be used for new programs.

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

    project director: Juliet H. Mofford
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Twentieth Century Farming at the Bryant Homestead

    A research project to determine the farming and dairying activities that occurred at the Bryant Homestead from 1900-1959.

    William Cullen Bryant Homestead
    Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Ellice Gonzalez
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,497
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Investigating the Crypt at Old North

    An investigation of the Crypt of the Old North Church to determine who is buried there.

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

    project director: Christine Baron
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,427
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    GMHC History of the Fishing Industry Exhibit

    The planning, design, and fundraising phases of a permanent exhibit on the history of the Gloucester fishing industry.

    Gloucester Maritime Heritage Museum
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 2006-03-21
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Tick Tock Trolley Pilot Program

    The development of routes and tours for a newly purchased trolley in the City of Waltham.

    City of Waltham
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Alison Steinfeld
    awarded on: 2006-03-21
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Women Protecting US

    An exhibit honoring the contributions of American women in all branches of military service as well as on the "home front" during conflicts from the Revolution to the present day.

    USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Inc
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laurie Carlson
    awarded on: 2006-03-21
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Understanding Ourselves by Looking Back: Falmouth at Work

    The publication of articles about industries formerly active on Cape Cod: Ship Building, Whaling, Cranberry Harvesting, Marine Sciences, and Woolens. The articles will be published in the Falmouth Enterprise.

    Committee to Encourage Public Art
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jacki Forbes
    awarded on: 2006-03-17
    amount: $2,200
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Off the Page and On the Deck: The War of 1812 in Sailors' Own Words

    A teacher workshop for 40 teachers on techniques for using primary sources in the classroom.

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

    project director: Anne G. Rand
    awarded on: 2006-03-17
    amount: $4,970
    Project Grant

    The Bankside Humanities Series

    A series of free lectures and demonstrations, exploring a wide range of the historical and cultural aspects of the Renaissance, as part of the Company's Outdoor Bankside Festival of performances and events.

    Shakespeare & Company
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Ariel Bock
    awarded on: 2006-03-17
    amount: $4,500
    Project Grant

    The Farm Where You Live Oral Narratives

    The collecting of oral histories of people with experience of farming in Belmont between 1900 and 1950.

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

    project director: Jane Sherwin
    awarded on: 2006-03-17
    amount: $2,400
    Project Grant

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

    Planning for an exhibit to introduce visitors of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum to the life of whaling merchant William Rotch, Jr.

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

    project director: Kate Corkum
    awarded on: 2006-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Over Time: Changes in Massachusetts Topography

    A one-week summer institute on Massachusetts' history and geography for 25 teachers of grades 3-5.

    EDCO Collaborative
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Eileen McSwiney
    awarded on: 2006-03-17
    amount: $4,987
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Freedom and Its Discontents, CANE Summer Institute 2006

    Summer teachers' institute for classics teachers, with free public lectures on ancient philosophical theories of freedom.

    Classical Association of New England
    Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ellen Perry
    awarded on: 2006-03-17
    amount: $2,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Holocaust: A Challenge to the Achievement of Liberty and Justice for All

    A curriculum on the history and lessons of the Holocaust for high school and middle school students.

    Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Robert Sternberg
    awarded on: 2006-03-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

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

    A two-year residency of the play at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, a collaborative effort of Theatre Espresso and the Supreme Judicial Historical Society.

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

    project director: Derek Nelson
    awarded on: 2006-03-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Research Inventory Grant - Westport Historical Society

    To survey of the collection of the Westport Historical Society for artifacts and documents that relate to the history of the Society's headquarters, the Bell School, and its relationship with communities of Westport.

    Westport Historical Society
    Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jenny O'Neill
    awarded on: 2006-02-21
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Research Inventory Grant - Plainfield Historical Society

    Inventory of the Dyer Collection, letters and materials relating to the relative and changing importance of a mixed economy and mixed land use in Plainfield over the past 200 years.

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

    project director: Judy Williams
    awarded on: 2006-01-26
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Research Inventory Grant - Southborough Historical Society

    An inventory of Southborough Historical Society's 18th and 19th century collection of manuscripts and artifacts to support a lecture or exhibit relating to the history of Southborough's triphammer, used for pounding and shaping iron.

    Southborough Historical Society
    Southborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Russell Horne
    awarded on: 2006-01-26
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Research Inventory Grant - Westwood Historcial Society

    Inventory of the Pickardt family collection, a family of German descent, who came from New York City to settle in Westwood, a rural farming community in the late 1800's, opened a business and influenced the Westwood and Islington communities from the 1880's to the 1950's.

    Westwood Historical Society
    Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Libby Johnson
    awarded on: 2006-01-26
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Homecomings Project

    A series of public lectures, exhibits, films, workshops, readings and seminars on the theme of Homecomings from war, ancient and contemporary.

    Hampshire College
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Robert Meagher
    awarded on: 2006-01-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    "The Poets light but Lamps": A Viewing and Discussion of The Belle of Amherst

    Public panel discussion following a screening of The Belle of Amherst as part of "A Little Madness in the Spring", the Emily Dickinson Museum's local annual celebration of National Poetry Month.

    Dickinson Homestead
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Cindy Dickinson
    awarded on: 2006-01-20
    amount: $2,917
    Project Grant

    Ancient Fishweir Permanent Panels in Arlington Street Subway

    Research to complete text research, caption writing and final design of four graphic display panels that will be permanently installed along the MBTA Arlington Street subway station waiting platforms.

    Touchable Stories, Inc.
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ross Miller
    awarded on: 2006-01-20
    amount: $3,060
    Project: Media Grant

    Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

    Fundraising trailer for a documentary telling the story of the 1971 takeover of a Harvard University building, the surprise ending to that year's International Woman's Day march.

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

    project director: Susan Rivo
    awarded on: 2006-01-20
    amount: $9,993
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Making a Living, Making a Life: Work and Its Rewards in a Changing America

    A library reading and discussion series.

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

    project director: Lucy Loomis
    awarded on: 2006-01-10
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Crime & the Cultural Landscape

    A library reading and discussion series.

    Westwood Public Library
    Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Thomas P. Viti
    awarded on: 2005-11-29
    amount: $500
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