Past Grants Awarded

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    Resource Center Grant

    Sarah Chayes Lecture at Wellesley Free Library

    Sarah Chayes' Lecture on the Arghand Project, a nonprofit agricultural cooperative in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the Wellesley Free Library

    Wellesley Free Library
    Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elise MacLennan
    awarded on: 2005-11-02
    amount: $250
    Project Grant

    The "Mass Memories Road Show" Visits Dorchester

    Three community documentation events as part of its Mass. Memories Road Show initiative, which invites residents to bring in documents that reflect their families' origins and arrival in Massachusetts.

    University of Massachusetts Boston Graduate College
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Joanne Riley
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Curriculum Project: Immigration and Settlement in Watertown, 1630-2005

    Development of a curriculum Sourcebook to provide information and lesson ideas for a study of immigration and settlement in Watertown over the past 375 years.

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

    project director: Anna Roelofs
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    John Greenleaf Whittier Bicentennial Exhibits

    Bicentennial exhibition focusing on Whittier's abolitionist activities and an exploration of his thoughts were shaped by the women in his life: his mother, sister, Celia Thaxter, Lucy Larcom and Sarah Orne Jewett.

    Whittier Home Association
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Janet Howell
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Wooden Synagogues: A Lost World Revisited

    A traveling exhibition of 17th and 18th wooden synagogues from the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, focusing on the Zabludow and Gwozdziec Synagogues that were destroyed during the Nazi invasion in World War II.

    Handshouse Studio
    Norwell, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Brown
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Planning and Development of Exhibit Series on Immigration in Holyoke

    Research/planning for an exhibit series on the five major immigrant groups to Holyoke.

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

    project director: Carol Constant
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Exhibition Planning Grant/Handled With Care

    An exhibit examining the role of utilitarian objects created by the Shakers as pieces that transcended their function, becoming a vital part of religious expression, a manifestation of the Shaker quest for utopia and a concretization of the group's culture.

    Hancock Shaker Village
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Christian Goodwillie
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Henry David Thoreau, Surveyor of the Soul

    Preproduction phase of a feature length documentary film on Thoreau's profound impact on American literature and culture and how his are as influential today.

    Maine Alliance of Media Arts
    Portland, ME, Cumberland County

    project director: James Coleman
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Becoming American Exhibit

    An exhibition exploring the changing cultural and social landscape of the City of Newton tentatively titled "Becoming American: Immigration in 21st Century Newton."

    Newton History Museum
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Abele
    awarded on: 2005-09-10
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    RIG: Lowell Historical Society

    A scholary inquiry into the papers of Lowell-based magician, Louis Ackerman, as a means to explore the history of popular culture of the city and the country.

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

    project director: Denise Cailler
    awarded on: 2005-06-30
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    RIG: Brockton Historical Society

    Organization of the Brockton Historical Society's collection of materials documenting the life and career of Rocky Marciano, famous boxer and Brockton resident.

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

    project director: Robert Wychulis
    awarded on: 2005-06-30
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    RIG: Raynham Historical Society

    Inventory of artifacts of the Leonard family, one of the oldest in Raynham.

    Raynham Historical Society
    Raynham Center, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Eleanor B. Calvin
    awarded on: 2005-06-30
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    RIG: The Lyman Reserve

    Project tracing the conservation legacy of a notable Massachusetts family, that of Theodore Lyman via an extensive collection of artifactual, photographic and written items.

    Lyman Reserve
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2005-06-30
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Stopping the Clock: A Time to Remember Salem's Pequot Mill Strike of 1933

    Exhibit enhancement for Stopping the Clock; A Time to Remember Salem's Pequot Mill Strike of 1933

    Salem Harbor Community Development Corporation
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Aviva Chomsky
    awarded on: 2005-06-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Crossroads of Cultures: The Islamic World, 750-1400

    A summer teachers' institute that will explore the ways that the proximity of Asia, Africa and Europe prompted cultural sharing and hybrids of many kinds in the Islamic world of the mid-8th to late 15th centuries.

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

    project director: Deborah Cunningham
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Inside-Out at theHampden County Correctional Center: A Prison Project

    A semester-long college course to be taught at the Hampden County Correctional Center's Women's Unit that will bring together incarcerated students and students from Mount Holyoke College in a classroom in the prison.

    Mount Holyoke College
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Simone W. Davis
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $1,915
    Project Grant

    Project 2050 Knowledge for Power Program

    The humanities component of Project 2050's ten-day residential retreat for participating Massachusetts youth. This year's theme confronts issues of "war" in all its forms and the gender implications of contemporary social, political, and military conflicts.

    New World Theater
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Andrea Assaf
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Planning an Orientation Exhibit for The House of Seven Gables

    A conceptual plan, draft text, and exhibit format for an orientation exhibit to the site of the museum complex.

    House of the Seven Gables
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Alexandria Mason
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    SecondHand: Lives and Afterlives of the Social Fabric

    Preproduction support for a documentary exploring the linked cultures and histories of used clothing, focusing on the immigrant experience in Boston.

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

    project director: Hanna R. Shell
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Working Waterfront Documentation Project

    Audio-taped interviews with fishermen and others whose work and lives are linked to the New Bedford/Fairhaven port. This oral history project will be done in conjunction with the second annual "Working Waterfront Festival."

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $4,750
    Project Grant

    Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt

    A public event honoring Eleanor Roosevelt featuring, a dramatic portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, a book talk by author/historian Dr. Cathy D. Knepper, and a concert of big-band music from the 40s.

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

    project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $4,962
    Project Grant

    Afterburn-Willie Cole: selected works 1997-2004

    A gallery brochure and public programs for youth and adults in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition, Afterburn-Willie Cole: Selected works 1997-2004.

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

    project director: Susan L. Stoops
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Shakespeare and Justice

    A collaboration with Discovering Justice and the Actors' Shakespeare Project to produce matinees in the courtroom of the Moakley US Courthouse for 9th-12th graders.

    Discovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Proj
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Maria Karagianis
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Powder and the Glory: Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein

    90-minute tv documentary on Madame Helena Rubenstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, two entrepreneurial women from different parts of the world, who pursued the American Dream by creating new industries in the time of a rising consumer culture.

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

    project director: Ann C. Grossman
    awarded on: 2005-06-01
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Crime and the Cultural Landscape

    Library reading and discussion series.

    Medford Public Library
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Victoria Schneiderman
    awarded on: 2005-05-23
    amount: $500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Clara Barton Birthplace Museum

    "Clustering Memories of Clara" - Developing an interpretive plan that tells the complete story of Clara Barton - the child, the woman, the humanitarian, the inspiration.

    Clara Barton Birthplace Museum
    North Oxford, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cathy Woods
    awarded on: 2005-05-02
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Berkshire Historical Society

    Tor Court in Context: Impact of the Gilded Age on the economic and physical development in Pittsfield.

    Berkshire Historical Society
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Catherine Reynolds
    awarded on: 2005-04-27
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Robert Treat Paine Historical Trust

    Research aimed to deep understanding and interpretation of the servants that lived on the property of Stonehurst.

    Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2005-04-27
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Forest Hills Educational Trust

    Documentation and cataloguing of representative selection of both unusual and typical sculpture, gravestones and monuments by "anonymous" or little-known carvers which mark 19th century family burial lots.

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

    project director: Cecily Miller
    awarded on: 2005-04-27
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail Guide

    Revised and expanded booklet that will serve as a primary text for a Summer 2005 African American studies colloquium and for subsequent curriculum development in public school districts.

    Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
    Lakeville, CT, Litchfield County (Berkshire)

    project director: Rachel Fletcher
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Juniper Literary Festival

    Annual gathering of readers, writers, scholars, editors, publishers and independent journals and presses.

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

    project director: Lisa Olstein
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Telling the Story: The Power and Responsibility of Documenting Human Rights Violations

    Symposium bringing together journalists, filmmakers, etc. who use documentation of violations with scholars who approach it from theoretical perspectives.

    Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Leigh Swigart
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $4,130
    Project Grant

    Immigration and Adjustment: Assyrian Family Records

    Exhibit and lecture series in Boston, the theme of which is how a Middle East community, the Assyrians, has been emigrating throughout the 20th century and adjusting to the United States.

    United Assyrian Association of Massachusetts, Inc.
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Eden Naby
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $4,500
    Project Grant

    African American Sailors on CONSTITUTION in 1812

    Exhibition planning grant to research the lives of the estimated 10-15% of CONSTITUTION'S crew who were free African Americans.

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

    project director: Anne G. Rand
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Identity Crisis

    A one-hour documentary for Public Television that explores and life and ideas of Erik H. Erikson - the psychoanalyst who developed the concept of identity and, most famously, the identity crisis.

    The Kindling Group
    Chicago, IL

    project director: Daniel Alpert
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Bankside Humanities Series

    Free public lecture/demonstrations on the historical and cultural aspects of the Renaissance that helped shape the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

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

    project director: Mel Cobb
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $4,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    If They Close the Door on You, Go in the Window

    An exhibit, symposium on the African American heritage of the Berkshires and a celebration of the life of Elizabeth Freeman.

    Sheffield Historical Society
    Sheffield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Joanne Hurlbut
    awarded on: 2005-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    New England Native American Exhibit

    The planning phase for a new Native American exhibition focusing on and in collaboration with many New England tribes.

    Boston Children's Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Leslie Swartz
    awarded on: 2005-03-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Falmouth As a Summer Resort Research Inventory Grant

    A study of the families of wealth and prestige who came to Falmouth in the 1880-1920's and who left behind graceful mansions and their family names on the streets, ponds and landmarks.

    Falmouth Museums on the Green
    Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Mary Sicchio
    awarded on: 2004-12-30
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Research Inventory Grant: Brookline Historical Society

    Comprehensive inventory of the Devotion House, the headquarters of the Brookline Historical Society.

    Brookline Historical Society
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jean Stringham
    awarded on: 2004-12-30
    amount: $1,000
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