Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    Research Inventory Grant

    Research Inventory Grant - Brockton Shoe Museum

    Inventory of the Brockton Shoe Museum collection.

    Brockton Shoe Museum
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: John W. Learnard
    awarded on: 2004-12-30
    amount: $1,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence: Stephen Phillips Trust House

    A study of the collections related to the second generation of the Phillips family culminating in a public lecture: From Sail to Rail: The Phillips Family After Salem's Golden Age of Sail and a written body of research material.

    Stephen Phillips Trust House
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Laurie Austin
    awarded on: 2004-12-30
    amount: $1,250
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence: Lexington Historical Society

    Reckoning with the Parkers: Three Generations of Artisan Trade in Colonial and Early Republic Lexington.

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

    project director: Richard Kollen
    awarded on: 2004-12-30
    amount: $2,500
    Project: K-12 Grant

    The Trial of Anthony Burns - Social Justice Theater at Orchard House

    Support for transportation costs for 10 performances of the interactive historical drama, The Trial of Anthony Burns, in collaboration with the Revere Public Schools. Funds will offset costs so that 500 students in grades 9-12 can visit Orchard House and experience this program.

    Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Nancy Gahagan
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $2,700
    Project: Media Grant

    The Banjo Project

    Production grant as partial funding for a two-hour national public television documentary about the social history of the banjo. MFH funds will be used for the Massachusetts-based topics in the program.

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

    project director: Marc Fields
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Telling Women's Lives

    Pre-production grant for a series of ten films about women in the American past.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Laurie Kahn
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Spirit of Providence

    Funds to support the pre-production of Spirit of Providence, a documentary television program about the Sisters of Providence, a small order of Catholic Sisters from Holyoke, MA, who have made a great impact in establishing non-profit healthcare institutions and social services in their communities.

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

    project director: Elizabeth Wilda
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Enslaved in the Americas/African American Festival

    Humanities portion of the 8th annual African American Festival in Worcester, MA, including an exhibition at the Worcester Public Library, lectures and a panel discussion.

    Willis Center Cultural Institute
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Gloria Hall
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Our Bondage/Our Freedom: Frederick Douglass & Hermann Melville - Exhibition

    Exhibition using the 150th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' My Bondage and My Freedom and Melville's Benito Cereno as a starting point for exploring concerns such as the reach and limits of democracy, the nature of freedom, the role of race in the America and the place of the U.S. in the world.

    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Candace L. Heald
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Playwright of Peaked Hill Bars

    Exhibit on Eugene O'Neill in Provincetown.

    Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jeffrey Morris
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune Lecture Series

    Lecture and discussion series investigating the political and artistic issues raised by MASS MoCA's exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune.

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
    North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Laura S. Heon
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    SCENES FROM A PARISH

    Funds for the research, production and editing of a documentary film examining social change at Saint Patrick's, a working-class Catholic parish in Lawrence, MA experiencing dramatic changes as immigrants from Latin America and Asia move to the neighborhood.

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

    project director: James Rutenbeck
    awarded on: 2004-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding Islam at Hingham

    Reading and discussion program about Islam (formerly a council conducted program).

    Hingham Public Library
    Hingham, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Kathleen Leahy
    awarded on: 2004-12-06
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    The Mystery Novel as a Reflection of its Times

    Reading and book discussion group examining mystery novels.

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

    project director: Lucy Loomis
    awarded on: 2004-11-30
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Planning Grant: Hibernian Hall and Roxbury in the 20th Century

    Funds to develop a plan for exhibits and related activities, as well as a strategy for obtaining funding for the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall - a product of the overall rehabilitation of Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, which has served as a center for community culture in Roxbury and Greater Boston.

    Madison Park Development Corp.
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Candelaria Silva
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Maritime Trade between Salem, Massachusetts and India (1788-1845)

    Development of a social studies curriculum material to present the flourishing trade that Massachusetts ports had with different ports of India for public schools.

    Meru Educational Foundation
    Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Vanita Shastri
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Jews and the Culture of the Tango

    Two-part symposium open to the public on Jews and the Culture of the Tango, focusing on the tango as a rich repository of the worldview and social situation of Yiddish-speaking Jews in the first half of the 20th century, both in Argentina and Eastern Europe.

    Trustees of Boston University
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Thomas Glick
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $1,695
    Project Grant

    William Skinner and Sons Manufacturing Co. Interpretive Exhibit

    Exhibit Production Grant to build an interpretive and interactive exhibit on the William Skimmer and Sons Manufacturing Company and their part in the US silk industry, 1850-1962.

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

    project director: Laurie Risler
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $3,700
    Project Grant

    "Vincie N." Interpretive Exhibit

    Development of an interpretive exhibit that will give insight into the culture of the people whose livelihood depended upon the Vincie N., a commercial fishing boat built in 1936 and fished by the same Gloucester family for over 50 years.

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

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    History of Social Service in Lawrence, Massachusetts

    Exhibit of artifacts and oral histories telling the story of the emergence of social service policy and delivery in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    Family Service, Inc
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kay B. Frishman
    awarded on: 2004-09-17
    amount: $3,700
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding Islam - Jones Library

    Reading and discussion series about Islam.

    Jones Library
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Beth Girshman
    awarded on: 2004-06-22
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    The Lure of the West: Films and Literature

    A reading and discussion series and film/discussion series to accompany an exhibit of American West artifacts.

    National Heritage Museum
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Alice Promisel
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The Villages of Montague: History and Memory in a New England Town

    A videotaped oral history project about the five villages of Montague, produced in honor of Montague's 250th anniversary. The programs will air on a local access television station in late 2004.

    Montague Community Cable Incorporated
    Turners Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Jeffrey Singleton
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,480
    Project: Media Grant

    Monkey Dance Distribution Grant

    The distribution grant will cover the production of a high school teacher's guide to accompany the documentary, design and printing of a poster to promote local screenings, and film festival entry costs.

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $4,980
    Project Grant

    Discover Roxbury's Art and History

    A series of five "moving lecture" bus tours highlighting Roxbury's history, art and culture, led by experts in their fields.

    The Bridges Program
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Marcia Butman
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Concord River Greenway History

    An oral history project that will utilize interviews with residents of neighborhoods that abut the Concord River in Lowell. The end products will be a lengthy oral history document, a Concord River Greenway brochure, and historical signage.

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

    project director: Kristin McCauley
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,600
    Project Grant

    Website Design

    The designing of a website for the Royall House, the only home in New England with preserved slave quarters.

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

    project director: Fred Schlicher
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $1,680
    Project Grant

    A Place Called Paradise: Culture & Community in Northampton, MA 1654-2004

    A UMass-published anthology containing the articles upon which the lectures for Historic Northampton's lecture series commemorating the 350th anniversary year of the city of Northampton were based.

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

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Political Dr. Seuss

    A 90-minute documentary film on the little known political side of Theodor Seuss Geisal, a Springfield native.

    The New Press
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Ron Lamothe
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Plastic: Credit Cards and the Culture of Debt

    A documentary investigating the culture of debt in America.

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

    project director: Tim Wright
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Witch House Family Program Series

    A series of educational public programs to enhance the Witch House's role as a center for community involvement and local history. The Witch House is the only historic building in Salem with direct ties to the witchcraft trials of 1692.

    Witch House
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elizabeth Seater
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $3,400
    Project Grant

    Yours for Humanity--Abby, A One-Act Play

    A one-woman play about Abby Kelley Foster.

    Worcester Women's History Project
    Shrewsbury, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Linda B. Rosenlund
    awarded on: 2004-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    The American Short Story

    A library reading and discussion series.

    Wilbraham Public Library
    Wilbraham, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Ardie McEathron
    awarded on: 2004-05-18
    amount: $150
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