Past Grants Awarded

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    Resource Center Grant

    Archaeology in Newton

    Display of Newton artifacts and presentation on local archaeology with a focus on historic preservation and awareness of archaeological sites and past Native American lifeways through lecture and a stone tool making demonstration.

    City Of Newton
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Brian Lever
    awarded on: 2008-04-15
    amount: $500
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    History of North American Fisheries

    Curriculum development for presentation on board the National Historic Landmark dory-fishing schooner Adventure, part of a plan to develop the schooner into a floating museum of North American fisheries. The curriculum will also be available for download to schools.

    Gloucester Adventure, Inc.
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Martin Krugman
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Race and Place

    Four session dialogue series using the documentary "RACE - the Power of an Illusion" a 3-episode series questioning the very idea of race as biology. Facilitated conversations based on the documentary and its discussion guide will enable groups ot delve into topics raised in the film.

    Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Aviva Rothman-Shore
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $9,375
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Pilgrim Father/Illegal Sons

    Planning, development and production of an exhibit depicting the history, in images and texts of one of the better-documented Pilgrim Fathers of the Mayflower and the life stories, through oral history transcripts and representative pictures and objects, of 2-3 contemporary, undocumented Chinese immigrants.

    Chinese Progressive Association
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Wen-ti Tsen
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Judgment of Bett

    Script development and production of a play dramatizing two little-known court cases that led to the abolishment of slavery in Massachusetts with an accompanying study guide.

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

    project director: Vicky Kruckeberg
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Historic Lens, Harry J. Sparrow Photographs

    Exhibit and lecture on a series of photographs by Harry J. Sparrow from 1911. The exhibit and accompanying lecture will put the photographs into perspective in the history of photography, landscape history, as well as economic and social life in Orleans early in the 20th century.

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

    project director: Tamsen Cornell
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    At Home in Utopia - Then and Now

    Four programs focusing on housing as an issue of social and economic justice built around the documentary film At Home in Utopia.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michal Goldman
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Tea with Mary Cassat

    Stage productions of a one-woman show including a post-show Q&A.

    Medford Arts Center, Inc.
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Laura Duggan
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Race to Execution Outreach Project

    Public exhibition and development of internet distribution for the 12-minute video documentary "Juror Number Six" which examines the role of media representations of race.

    Lioness Media Arts, Inc.
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rachel Lyon
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Liberty and Justice for Some

    Series of five documentaries with panel discussions on the theme of "Liberty and Justice for All".

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

    project director: Kevin E. Rice
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

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

    Fabrication and installation of an exhibit providing an overview of an important chapter in American history when New Bedford was the Whaling Capital of the World and the pivotal role of the Rotch Family during this period.

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

    project director: Kate Corkum
    awarded on: 2008-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The World and the Word, 8th Annual Juniper Literary Festival

    Literary festival featuring a keynote address, readings, film screenings, roundtables and interviews, whose intention is to explore the relation between literary art and environmental studies.

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

    project director: Lisa Olstein
    awarded on: 2008-02-13
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Stone House Museum Textile Collection Inventory

    Inventory of a portion of the Stone House Museum's textile collection from the mid 19th century.

    Stone House Museum
    Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laura L. Quinn
    awarded on: 2008-02-01
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Sargent House Musuem RIG

    Inventory of materials that bear on the occupancy of Judith Sargent Murray, the house as it looked during that period, as well as deeds at the Essex County Courthouse that bear on the house.

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

    project director: Joan Ciolino
    awarded on: 2008-02-01
    amount: $995
    Research Inventory Grant

    Prescott Museum Exhibit Panel Inventory

    Documentation and re-housing and inventory of materials from 32 exhibit panels from the Prescott Museum.

    Swift River Valley Historical Society
    New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Ani Gonzalez-Rivera
    awarded on: 2008-02-01
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Moving Images: Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Film Festival

    Vinfen's film festival, with films by and about individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness, is the first of its kind in Boston. Four to six hours of film screenings grouped by theme will be followed by 35-40 minute panel discussions with subject experts, individuals served, humanists and filmmakers on issues.

    Vinfen Corporation
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Juliana Field
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Film Feasts

    Film screenings followed by discussions led by a film critic, food historian or scholar. Following the film/discussion, participants are invited, at a separate cost, to a meal offered by a local restaurant reflecting the cuisine of that film's culture.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Melanie Mowinski
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $8,100
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Walaalo! Somali Women's Project

    A series of public forums, an oral history component and a case study addressing issues of refugee resettlement and intercultural understanding.

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

    project director: Andrea Assaf
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    On Equal Terms

    Installation about women in the construction industry that will bring attention to the frontline experience of a significant public policy effort, on the thirtieth anniversary of the Executive Orders that opened industry jobs and apprenticeship programs to women.

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

    project director: Susan Eisenberg
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $8,994
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Their Voices Will Be Heard: Artist Responses to the Israeli/Palestinian Situation

    Panel discussions, staged readings, film presentations, a poetry reading and other events that will provide several different perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian situation. This collection of events is centered around the Downstage@ New Rep productions of "My Name is Rachel Corrie and Pieces."

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Meron Langsner
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Day the Revolution Began: Orientation Film for Visitors to Lexington

    Production of an introductory film for visitors from around the world to the historical context of the Battle of Lexington. The film will complement Lexington Historical Society's interpretive program at three nationally significant historical sites with important connections to the events of April 19, 1775.

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

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Chosen to Lead

    Series of public programs examining the nature of leadership and political franchise in Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Homeland in the 17th century, the 30-year Mashpee Wampanoag Federal recognition process, and current affairs in the Wampanoag Homeland since achieving sovereignty. Programming will include thematic tours and talks by museum staff, Native community forums, performances of theatre pieces and an exhibit.

    Plimoth Plantation, Inc
    Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Elizabeth A. Lodge
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Examining Human Rights and Racial Justice in Boston, the US, and the World

    Lecture, panel discussion, photography exhibit, and the distribution of a dvd and study materials to stimulate discussion of competing views of racial justice.

    Northeastern University
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Martha F. Davis
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $7,052
    Project Grant

    First Contacts - In the Time Before Now: The Massachuset, The Partnership of the Historic Partners

    Series of public events focusing on the largely unknown history of the Massachuset people who inhabited the land that would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The project will present the story of the time before now from both perspectives: the Massachuset - representing the Native population in New England - and the Puritans - representing the Europeans.

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

    project director: Wilfred Holton
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    USS Alligator Poster

    Design, printing and shipment of an educational poster depicting the Civil War submarine, Alligator.

    The Navy and Marine Living History Association
    North Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Charles L. Veit
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $4,995
    Project Grant

    Boston and Beyond: A Bird's Eye View of New England: A Lecture Series

    Three part lecture series in conjunction with a major gallery exhibition combining architectural surveying, cartography, and popular art to produce an oblique aerial image of a community as if imagined from 2,000 to 3,000 feet.

    Boston Public Library
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Roni Pick
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $3,280
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Revolutionary Ideals and Modern Debate: The Evolution of Liberty and Justice.

    A series of four in-depth public programs and a teacher workshop exploring how the concepts of liberty and justice in the Bill of Rights have evolved in our country's history.

    Old South Meeting House
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle LeBlanc
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Henry V Conversations: What is a Just War?

    Post production panel discussions of the play and its relevance to our times, including veterans in the audience. As a follow-up, a veterans' workshop will be held including performances/reading from Henry V, writing prompts and journaling, sharing of personal stories, and a discussion of the play.

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

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2007-12-14
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Social Justice in Soviet and American Societies

    Video-taped oral history interviews from 15 Soviet immigrants living in Lynn.

    Lynn Museum
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Molly Pucci
    awarded on: 2007-12-08
    amount: $3,700
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Adults in Transition: Exploring the Unexpected

    Library reading and discussion group at the Sturgis Library

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

    project director: Marcella M. Curry
    awarded on: 2007-10-25
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Got Food? Creating a Hunger Free Community

    An exhibit at Worcester Historical Museum, a lecture/discussion series offered to the Worcester County community at various partner agencies, oral histories from the leaders, volunteers and service recipients of WCFP and its partners and other public programs.

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

    project director: Bill D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Lasting Legacies: Art and Poetry for Lawrence MA

    Exhibition for the entrance to the Lawrence Public library using a slide show and free-standing exhibits highlighting the legacies of two former Lawrence residents, Robert Frost and Reverend William Wolcott.

    Robert Frost Foundation
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mark Schorr
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    The Birth of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Movement in Massachusetts, 1987-2007

    Documentation of the gay-straight alliance movement's origins through community panel discussions and an oral history course.

    Stonewall Communities, Inc.
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michael A. Connolly
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $9,595
    Project Grant

    Stonehurst Exhibit and Signage Design

    Design and planning of permanent signage to introduce the story of the site and fundamental interpretive concepts to annual visitors.

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

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship

    Development of an online exhibition for children and families to learn about the history of the New England whaling industry and its impact around the world using as its centerpiece the diary of Laura Jernegan, a young girl on a whaling voyage in the mid-1800s.

    Martha's Vineyard Museum
    Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Nancy Cole
    awarded on: 2007-09-28
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Story Capture Booth at the Choosing to Participate Exhibit

    Development of a story capture booth to allow visitors to videotape their own reflections on exhibit material. Visitors will be invited to step into a private booth located adjacent to an exhibit area and by a series of open ended questions appearing in sequence on a computer touch screen as they videotape their thoughts and reactions to both the exhibit content and their own related life experiences.

    Boston Museum Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Katy Abel
    awarded on: 2007-09-02
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Mexico: Reading and Discussion Series

    Reading and discussion group about Mexico and its shared history in the West and Southwest of the USA.

    Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries and Meekins Library
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Nel Wijnhoven
    awarded on: 2007-06-18
    amount: $1,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    In the Spirit of Clara Barton: Almira Fales and the Women of South Danvers

    Exhibit focusing on letters sent to the Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society formed in South Danvers (now Peabody) from the years 1861 including a living history performance and two lectures.

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

    project director: Nancy Barthelemy
    awarded on: 2007-06-14
    amount: $1,050
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Branded on My Arm and In My Soul

    Publication of "Branded on My Arm and In My Soul," the holocaust memoir of long-time New Bedford resident, Abraham Landeau.

    Spinner Publications
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Karen Gravel
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Rockland Historical Commission RIG

    Inventory of Civil War and late nineteenth century era documents, photos and postcards.

    Rockland Historical Commission
    Rockland, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: James Paul
    awarded on: 2007-06-09
    amount: $1,000
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