Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century

    Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century, a week long summer institute for K-12 teachers in Massachusetts.

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

    project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    World Wide Views on Global Warming: Massachusetts

    One of six US consensus conferences for laypeople on the issue of global warming.

    Museum Of Science
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David Sittenfeld
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $8,274
    Project Grant

    "In These Imperiled Times:" The Civil War Correspondence of the Men of South Danvers

    Public programming to accompany the exhibit of South Danvers war correspondence.

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

    project director: Nancy Barthelemy
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $2,025
    Project: Media Grant

    Yankees Fight the Kaiser

    Archival research and the acquisition of WWI footage shot by the US Army Signal Corps for a documentary.

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

    project director: Ed Klekowski
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock

    "The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock" an interactive play for middle and high school students about the desegregation crisis of 1957, presented at the John Adams Courthouse.

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

    project director: Derek Nelson
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Harvard's Black 17

    Trailer and script for "Harvard's Black 17", a documentary film about the African-American men enrolled in the class of 1963 under Harvard's first program of affirmative action.

    Independent Production Fund
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Kent Garrett
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Civil War Artifacts RIG

    Inventory and catalogue the Civil War-related materials in the city's historical collection.

    Methuen Historical Commission
    Methuen, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alene Reich
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Right Here in Roxbury

    Resource guide and a script for a trolley car tour, called "Roxbury Then and Now."

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

    project director: Marcia Butman
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $7,900
    Project Grant

    Free PillowTalks at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

    Presentations about the colorful history and varied forms of dance.

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

    project director: David Barrett
    awarded on: 2009-06-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    "Karski", A Man Who Stood Up to Evil

    Marc P. Smith's new play about Polish resistance hero Jan Karski, who tried to stop the Holocaust by reporting to world leaders on the Warsaw Ghetto and the Belzec extermination camp.

    Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation, Inc.
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Marc P. Smith
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    100 Faces of War Experience

    An exhibition of oil portraits of American soldiers and civilians who have returned from the theaters of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the Springfield Armory Museum; and related programming and materials.
    (project website)

    Veterans Education Project
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Matthew Mitchell
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

    An exhibit about the fight over slavery as it played out in Springfield, including the role of the African-American community, John Brown and the arms industry.

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

    project director: Kay Simpson
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $9,950
    Project Grant

    Sail Massachusetts 2009 Tall Ships Youth Initiative

    Educator stipends and printed program materials for Massachusetts youth visiting the Boston waterfront to view the tall ships festival this summer.

    Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Oral Histories of Aquinnah

    A multimedia exhibit featuring a changing selection of oral histories of Wampanoag elders taped during the past twenty years.

    Aquinnah Cultural Center
    Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Berta Welch
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Vietnam: A Television History

    A public symposium centered on part of a PBS series on the Vietnam War. The discussion will be filmed and made available on the Web.

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Evie Kintzer
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Rediscovering Hawley's Old Town Common

    A historic site at the location of the old Town Common to be created by adding paths and signage as well as stabilizing cellar holes and dug wells that surrounded the old Meetinghouse.

    Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
    Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Raymond L. Gotta
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    We, the Peoples

    A hands-on, primary source teacher education program on Native American history that utilizes artifacts from the Robbins Museum, and allows participants to design their own curricula.

    Massachusetts Archaeological Society
    Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Mary T. Concannon
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Sailors Speak Promotional Campaign Package

    The launch of the museum's new identity and permanent core exhibit, which will use the words of "Old Ironsides" crew members of to convey life at sea during the War of 1812.

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

    project director: Anne G. Rand
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Boston Harbor Shipwreck Website

    A web site based on its Boston Harbor Shipwreck Chart and companion book, "Shipwrecks and Nautical Lore of Boston Harbor," including primary source documents and images for each wreck.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Victoria Stevens
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Massachusetts Lafayette Day

    Public humanities programming on Lafayette Day, including a reenactment of the welcoming speech given the Revolutionary War hero Marquis in 1824, in the Senate Chamber, and other ceremonies and reenactments involving D-Day veterans.

    Massachusetts Lafayette Society
    Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Alan Hoffman
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Minot's Light Traveling Exhibit

    A pair of traveling exhibits on the history of the Minot Ledge Lighthouse and the story of the underwater archaeological search for its remains.

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

    project director: Robert S. Michelson
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Minister and Mrs. Satan

    An original play about the life of women's suffrage activist Victoria Woodhull, to focus in part on the adultery scandal referred to as the Beecher-Tilton Affair.

    Harwich Junior Theatre, Inc
    West Harwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Nina Schuessler
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Understanding Daily Life in Falmouth

    Third and fifth grade curriculum units that use local history materials on colonial life, maritime industry, the War of 1812, and the life of Katherine Lee Bates.

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

    project director: Carolyn T. Powers
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Finding Voices in the Silence

    Identification and research of African Americans buried at Forest Hills and incorporation of the findings into a walking tour.

    Forest Hills Educational Trust
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cecily Miller
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $3,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Native American Occupation of Pamet River Drainage

    Research on a collection of Native American artifacts from the Rose Farm area of Corn Hill in Truro, and provide interpretive material for scholars and visitors.

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

    project director: Deborah Minsky
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $2,750
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    North Sunderland and the Connecticut River

    Research on North Sunderland's relation to the natural resources of the Connecticut River, incorporating insights from natural and environmental history in a historic tour.

    Sunderland Historical Commission
    Sunderland, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda Lopatka
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $2,862
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Roxbury K-12 Education Residency

    A partnership centered on a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Hibernian Hall involving eight Roxbury schools and organizations serving at-risk youth.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The 19th Century Westport Woman: Exploring her Life through her Clothes

    Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of clothes used by women in the rural community of Westport during the nineteenth century.

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

    project director: Jenny O'Neill
    awarded on: 2009-03-13
    amount: $3,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Elizabeth Islands Shipwrecks RIG

    Inventory of the Cutthyhunk Historical Society's collection of materials from local shipwrecks off the Elizabeth Islands.

    Cuttyhunk Historical Society
    Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Ann N. Conway
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    California Dreamin' RIG

    Inventory of artifacts and documents in public collections across the three counties of the Pioneer Valley related to Valley residents who journeyed to California as part of the California Gold Rush.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Margaret Humberston
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Five Generations of the Ellis Family

    Inventory of the Ellis Family collection, a recent donation of 200 items from the Ellis Family of Westwood, to be used as the basis for a major exhibition at the Westwood Historical Society in the fall of 2009.

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

    project director: John L. Pritchard
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Pixapedia-Immigration Project

    Production of a short web film template and launch of a website focusing on the needs of immigrants seeking citizenship in the United States.

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

    project director: James Rutenbeck
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The Draft and Democracy

    Pre-production of a two-part documentary telling the story of the military draft. Project treatment, full proposal and a promo.

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

    project director: Christine Herbes-Sommers
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Extending the Life of "A Little Rebellion"

    Conversion to DVD of the educational video production "A Little Rebellion Now and Then".

    Calliope Film Resources, Inc.
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Randall Conrad
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
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