Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    Project Grant

    An American Journey: Revels Repertory Company School Programs and Public Performances

    Original musical theater production about immigrants to America in 1907. Two public performances and five school programs.

    Revels Inc
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kay Dunlap
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $3,415
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Craft in America

    A multi-faceted journey into the origin and continuation of American craft traditions.

    Fuller Craft Museum
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Gretchen Keyworth
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Reinterpreting the Sargent House: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Female Rights

    Consultation and programming for an idea based interpretation of Judith Sargent Murray, a writer who championed equal eductaion and "female" rights in her pioneering essay "On the Equality of the Sexes."

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

    project director: Barbara Silberman
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $9,070
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Struggle Baby

    Pre-production of a film about five children of 60's and 70's social just activists.

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

    project director: Bernardine Mellis
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $8,650
    Research Inventory Grant

    Royall Family Correspondence - RIG

    Inventory of the sources of contemporary information about the Royall family's correspondence at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

    Royall House Association
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Rosemarie Woods
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

    Production of a book of photographs and essays documenting the history of Colonial Meetinghouses in New England. Accompanying travel exhibition.

    University Press of New England
    Lebanon, NH, Grafton County

    project director: Phylliss D. Deutsch
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Paper Mills Documentary Project

    Creation of a trailer and script treatment for the Paper Mills Documentary Project.

    Paper Town Projects, Inc.
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Judith Monachina
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $9,650
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Working Waterfront Interpretive Program

    Support of various programs related to "Fitting Out," a new exhibit focusing on the shoreside industries that supported the local fishing fleet circa 1900. Includes production of a training packet for docents, equipment design for docent use, production of an activity guide and the organization of a lecture series.

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

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    The 2009 Lowell Film Festival

    Two-day festival of both feature and documentary films dealing with the impact of globalization on garment production and the production and distribution of food, as well as globalization's impact on issues involving labor and women. Includes film screenings, panel discussions and a fair trade market.

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

    project director: Suzz Cromwell
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book & CD Project

    Publication of a bilingual Cambodian Refugee Poetry & CD Project.

    Light of Cambodian Children
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Samkhann Khoeun
    awarded on: 2008-12-12
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Let Me Take You There: Books with a Strong Sense of Place

    Library reading and discussion program featuring books with a strong sense of place.

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

    project director: Marcella M. Curry
    awarded on: 2008-12-10
    amount: $1,000
    Proposal Development Grant

    Light of Cambodian Children Proposal Development

    Requested funds will be used to pay for an English editorial service for the bilingual Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book & CD Project to make sure the proposal has proper English language syntax, clear objectives, achievable measurable outcomes, and is in line with the mission of Mass Humanities and the sponsoring agency.

    Light of Cambodian Children
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Samkhann Khoeun
    awarded on: 2008-09-25
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    The Jacksons and Their Homestead

    Planning and design of an exhibit to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the Jackson Homestead.

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

    project director: Susan Abele
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Boston Muslim Film Festival

    Festival of films examining artistic expression in the face of censorship. The festival aims to engage the general public on developments in the Muslim world with free screenings, expert presenters and live performances.

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

    project director: Lauren Murphy
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $4,555
    Project Grant

    Holyoke's Memory Book

    Creation of an oral history component for the online collection of Holyoke's history. The component will provide a training session on how to conduct oral history interviews, a library of oral history texts, oral history opportunities for classrooms and the opportunity for applicatns to collect digital oral histories from institutions such as Holyoke's Soldier's Home.

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

    project director: Kate N. Thibodeau
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Taking History Home: The Shays' Rebellion Interactive Exhibit

    Development of an interactive museum exhibit designed to connect people to the constitutional significance of the Springfield Armory Historical site. The exhibit will use the Springfield Technical Community College's Shays' Rebellion & the Making of a Nation: from Revolution to Constitution website as the centerpiece.

    Springfield Technical Community College
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Arlene Rodriguez
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Great Decisions

    Public lecture series and forum taking place over five weeks focusing on American foreign policy issues.

    Five Colleges Learning in Retirement
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Roger Coulombe
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $4,090
    Project Grant

    One Town Many Cultures Film Series

    Multicultural film series held at the Sharon Public Library. Each of four evenings will feature a popular film about the struggle between traditional family values and modern society in a different ethnic or religious group represented in Sharon. A discussion by a scholar will precede each film to provide a cultural and historic context for the movie and to connect these themes to our present day lives among neighbors from different religious and cultural backgrounds. One or two local residents will also share their personal experience as they relate to the movie themes.

    Interfaith Action, Inc.
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Beth Hoke
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Oral Histories of Aquinnah

    Planning for an interactive exhibit of Aquinnah Wampanoag oral histories describing Aquinnah Wampanoag lifeways, history and culture.

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

    project director: Berta Welch
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Beyond Affliction, The Disability History Project

    Re-versioning of a substantial volume of website materials first developed for the award-winning radio series to become an audio-visual online exhibition.

    Straight Ahead Pictures
    Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laurie Block
    awarded on: 2008-09-12
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel

    Reading and discussion program focusing on Jewish adventures in the graphic novel.

    Fitchburg State College Library
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Sara Marks
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Life and Times of Li'l Abner and Al Capp

    Pre-production of a 90 minute historical documentary film about the Al Cap, creator of the long-running comic strip Li'l Abner (1934-1977).

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

    project director: Caitlin Manning
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

    Pre-production of a feature documentary chronicling the story of a small town Massachusetts housewife who, in the 1960's, single-handedly led the charge to clean up the Nashua River, one of America's ten most polluted rivers.

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

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Immigrant City: Youth Storytelling Project

    A six-week summer program for youth ages 13-17 at the Mystic Public Housing Development. Participants will engage in learning photography, interviewing and story-telling skills that will enable them to tell the story of immigrant groups in Somerville. Participants will also explore the experiences of other immigrant youth around the United States through literature and film and engage in a dialogue about the impact they can have as immigrant youth in bringing about change in their community.

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

    project director: Maria A. Landaverde
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $4,382
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    H.M. Frances Project: Walking Tour & Brochure

    Development of a walking tour and creation and printing of an accompanying guide to identify H.M. Francis buildings city wide.

    Fitchburg State University
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $6,700
    Project: Media Grant

    As Nutayunean - We Still Live Here

    Pre-production of a documentary film tentatively called "As Nutayunean," a Wampanoag phrase meaning "we still live here". This is a powerful statement from people who are thought by many to be extinct. The film centers on Jessie Little-Doe, a woman of indomitable spirit who has accomplished the unprecedented feat of reviving a language with no native speakers.

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

    project director: Anne Makepeace
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    2nd Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

    Archaeology fair at the Museum of Science in October. There will be a variety of hands-on activities presented by specialists. Presenters include archaeologists, historians, and museum educators and interpreters. Participants will receive take-home resources and materials including information about the AIA and MOS' resources for students and educators.

    Archaeological Institute of America
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ben S. Thomas
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Double V

    An oral history project in collaboration with the Veterans Education Project in Amherst that will hold public presentations and provide on-line access. The project is focused on the experience of local African American World War II veterans and home front workers and their struggles for social justice during and following the war.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Timothy Neumann
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Traces of the Trade: Discussion Version

    Creation of a discussion version of the film, Traces of the Trade. This shorter version will be targeted to the educational market .
    (project website)

    San Francisco Film Society
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Katrina Browne
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock

    Performances of the play for Boston Public School middle school students followed by discussion.

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

    project director: Derek Nelson
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Voices From the Port

    Presentation and interpretion of the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing and port industries by creating a series of short (4 minute) audio segments for radio play and web broadcast. Segments will be based on oral histories collected as part of the Working Waterfront Documentation Project, an ongoing oral history project.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $8,890
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century

    This week-long summer institute for K-12 educators will provide them with the content, skills, and resources needed to infuse more global content into classroom curricula. The goal is to provide teachers with the information needed to connect students to the wider world, providing them with an opportunity to challenge their own definition of self and of liberty and justice in various cultural contexts. The institute will include guest lectures, hands-on workshops, video conferences and other special presentations.

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

    project director: Julia de la Torre
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $10,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    A 19th Century Townscape in the 20th Century: Laurel Hill and Urban Planning and Preservation in Stockbridge

    Research on the planning, landscape design, preservation and promotion of Stockbridge from 1853-1993 by the Laurel Hill Association.

    Stockbridge Library
    Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Barbara Allen
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Early Turkish Immigrants in Peabody and the Leather Industry

    Research into the history and influence of the Turkish people on the city of Peabody during the leatherworking period of the late 19th and early 20th century.

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

    project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
    awarded on: 2008-06-13
    amount: $2,000
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