Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford Museum

    Planning for a new core exhibit for the museum on the subject of local history.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    2016 Speaker Series

    Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Bakelite Masterpiece "Truth and Reconciliation" Audience Enrichment Project

    Audience enrichment sessions and talkbacks for the company's production of "The Bakelite Masterpiece."

    WAM Theatre
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Reading Changes Lives

    A two-part literature-based workshop series for women incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.

    Arise for Social Justice
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    18th Century Social Media

    Support for an interactive exhibit that features Revolutionary War era communications systems in comparison and contrast with today's social and communications media in Buckman Tavern, one of the gathering and planning places for the Lexington militia .

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

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Boston Civic Literacy & Public Engagement Initiative

    A project examining race and civic engagement within Boston's black community through film, discussion, performance, and a bike tour.

    New Democracy Coalition
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kevin Peterson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny Bruce

    Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

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

    project director: Robert F. Walsh
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    "Spirit of Place" Community Event

    A day-long community event on the subject of im/migration and a sense of place in Western Massachusetts.

    Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sheila Damkoehler
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Housing for All? Conversations

    A series of community conversations about affordable housing in Cambridge, based on citizen-conducted research and talks with experts and stake holders.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,000
    Project Grant

    Planning for Populating the Commonwealth Historical Collaborative Catablog

    Development of a research-based plan designed to support small historical organizations in participating in a new statewide Commonwealth Historical Collaborative online archive.

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

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Campello Village: Sunday in the Park with George

    Creation of a "pop-up" historic Campello Village neighborhood in George E. Keith Park in Brockton.

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

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $6,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical Inventory

    Inventory of research materials collected by various scholars and members of the organization during the past decade or so of pulling itself into being and obtaining a headquarters.

    David Ruggles Center
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lisa Baskin
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare Festival

    Humanities speakers and facilitators for a day-long festival and symposium at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

    Hilltown CDC
    Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: David S. Perkins
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Humanizing How We Teach and Learn About Violent Conflict

    A year of professional development activities for area humanities high school teachers about teaching the human and social consequences to violent conflicts and approaches to peaceful conflict resolution.

    William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Con
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Alan Stoskopf
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Food for Change

    Distribution of the film "Food For Change" and the development of discussion materials.

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

    project director: Steven Alves
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Teen Education Through Film

    Six history curriculum-related film screenings with discussions led by invited guests for students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School.

    Martha's Vineyard Film Society
    Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jessica Johnson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hamlet: Fault Lines

    A series of humanities events built around the production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

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

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Learning Ahead: Community-Based Cultural Itineraries

    A year-long project to produce six digital compilations of regional events to expand the popular Hilltown Families website.

    Hilltown Families
    West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sienna Wildfield
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Enhancing Families Through Literature

    Implementation of two series (in 2016 and 2017) of the Enhancing Families Through Literature program with families involved with Berkshire Family and Probate Court.

    Berkshire County Head Start
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Stacy Parsons
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant

    These Words: Community Engagement and Promotion

    A public presentation, a bilingual article for publication, an online repository of research, and a virtual walking tour on HistoryPin.com related to an exhibit regarding the social history of publishing, reading, and community engagement with the written word in Chinatown.

    Chinese Historical Society of New England
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Diane O'Donoghue
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Processing and Making Available the Papers of Charles Shively

    Inventory and processing of the papers of Charles Shively, a gay activist and poet in the Boston area during the 1970s and early 1980s, who was actively involved in a number of early and influential gay and queer newspapers, including Gay Community News, Fag Rag, and Gay Sunshine.

    The History Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: William Holden
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Valiant

    Inventory of six folders of ephemera and other materials about the community effort to build and launch the Valiant, the last fishing vessel that was built by a fishing family in their back yard in Nahant, between 1955 and 1965.

    Nahant Historical Society
    Nahant, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Bonnie D'Orlando
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    The Mountaintop: the Civil Rights Movement and the Social Contract

    11 performances of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," seven of which will be followed by audience talkbacks, cast conversations, and a panel discussion with visiting scholars and other outside experts in the fields of civil rights and African American studies.

    Chester Theatre Company
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Daniel E. Kramer
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Margaret Fuller, A Thoroughly Modern Woman

    Preproduction activities for a film about the life and work of Margaret Fuller.

    Interlock Media Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Northampton State Hospital Memorialization - A Walking Tour of Hospital Hill

    Creation and installation of historical markers for a walking tour at the location of the former Northampton State Hospital.

    Northampton Historical Commission
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tom Riddell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Squam Life: Lasting More Than a Day

    Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

    Annisquam Historical Society
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Cape Cod Fishing Project

    Creation of a theatre piece that will also produce an oral history of the fishing and environmental communities on Cape Cod.

    Cape Cod Repertory Theater
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Alison Weller
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop Collection

    Processing of the papers of the Porter McLeod Machine Shop, an industrial company in a town that knows most about its agrarian past, and evaluate its potential for a series of programs, including as part of the HHS core exhibit.

    Hatfield Historical Society
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    6th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower Park

    A communal reading of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech as part of an Independence Day themed festival co-sponsored by the City of Lynn.

    Haitian Action Orphans Mission
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Are All Men Created Equal: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

    A three-part event in Concord including readings of the Declaration of Independence, shared readings of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech, and a facilitated discussion by Professor Kendra Fields of Tufts University.

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elon Cook
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    The July 4 Address of Frederick Douglass: A Public Reading

    A public reading of the July 4 address by Frederick Douglass on the Newton Centre Green, an event co-sponsored by the City of Newton.

    Historic Newton
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Clara Silverstein
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $495
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading Worcester

    A Reading Frederick Douglass event on Worcester Commons.

    Future Focus Media
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2016-05-25
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Fitchburg Frederick Douglass Communal Reading

    A parade and public discussion during the Reading Frederick Douglass event in Fitchburg, co-sponsored by many local organizations.

    Women in Action
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Chantel Bethea
    awarded on: 2016-05-18
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass Together in the Berkshires

    A three-part event on the history of Frederick Douglass' alliance with Susan B. Anthony and his enduring relevance.

    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Mary Ostraff
    awarded on: 2016-05-18
    amount: $275
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Dialogues Across Divides Series

    A series of six dialogues entitled "Muslims in America: Dialogue Across Divides" on the issues shaping misperceptions of Muslims in the U.S. and in the greater Pioneer Valley.

    Critical Connections
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (Northeast)

    project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Fitchburg Immigrant Experience Online

    An internship program whose purpose is to inventory new acquisitions and engage local and immigrant audiences in Fitchburg.

    Fitchburg Historical Society
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan L. Navarre
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $6,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    At Sword's Point: A Labor History of Greenfield

    Research and an overview history of local factory labor based on materials in the collection of the Museum and other sources.

    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: James Terapane
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Touching Home in China: Curriculum for Educators

    Distribution of a curriculum to accompany the film "Touching Home in China," including videos, trainings, and presentations about Chinese history and culture.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Melissa Ludtke
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Storytelling by the Sea

    A new storytelling program about the history of Boston Harbor.

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Making History on the Common 2016

    Support for the annual history day on Boston Common, in which more than 1,000 Boston school third-to-fifth-grade school kids usually participate.

    Friends of the Public Garden
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Vizza
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $8,000
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