Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Eleanor Roosevelt Returns to Worcester

    A two-part living history program featuring Elena Dodd as Eleanor Roosevelt and the Master Singers of Worcester performing a cantata about Eleanor Roosevelt's life and accomplishments.

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

    project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $3,675
    Project Grant

    Never a Bad Hair Day

    An art exhibit featuring African sculptures and an accompanying series of lectures and workshops about hair in African and African American cultures to be held in various Worcester venues.

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

    project director: Gloria Hall
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Road to Freedom: Greenfield and the Underground Railroad

    A year-long project focusing on the history of the underground railroad in Greenfield that combines individual research, presentations, and an after school program.

    Greenfield Human Rights Commission
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Joan Featherman
    awarded on: 2006-12-08
    amount: $7,612
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Literature in Letters: Four Centuries of the Epsitolary Novel

    Reading and discussion program coinciding with a larger year-long series centered around letters.

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

    project director: Lucy Loomis
    awarded on: 2006-11-07
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Lost in Translation

    A reading and discussion series based on the stories of individuals who are somehow displaced, removed, or voluntarily in exile from their home contexts.

    Pelham Library
    Pelham, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Rebecca Frank
    awarded on: 2006-09-18
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Quilts: The Social Fabric of Massachusetts

    Professional photography for the book: "Quilts: The Social Fabric of Massachusetts."

    Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project
    Ware, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Lynne Bassett
    awarded on: 2006-09-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Hands on History at the Old State House Museum

    The creation of three "Hands-on-History" galleries for family learning at the Old State House Museum in Boston.

    Bostonian Society
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rainey Tisdale
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Abraca O Barco

    The production of a 15-minute film to augment the Provincetown Public Library's exhibit of a half-sized replica of the schooner Rose Dorothea.

    Town of Provincetown
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Karen MacDonald
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Tapping the Source

    A series of workshops for secondary and post-secondary teachers, focusing on the use of primary sources.

    Bristol Community College
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Andrew Hoffman
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $6,500
    Project Grant

    Making Leather; Living Life: An Oral and Documentary History of Work

    An oral history project to collect the memories of leather business workers and those knowledgeable about the impact of the leather industry on the daily lives of Peabody residents.
    (project website)

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

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $3,915
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Is this America? Liberty and Justice for All

    A series of ten public programs examining the contemporary challenges to the ideals of "liberty and justice for all" on which the United states is founded. Each public program is later broadcast nationwide and available for download at WGBH on-demand.

    Cambridge Forum
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director:
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $8,450
    Project Grant

    Destination Holyoke: Exhibition Series on Immigration and Migration to Holyoke

    A four-exhibit series on immigration and migration to Holyoke.

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

    project director: Kate N. Thibodeau
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Language of America: Native Cultural Survival in a Global Age

    Preproduction support for a documentary film that explores New England Native identity from the point of view of view of language preservation and loss.

    Northeast Historic Film
    Bucksport, ME, Hancock County

    project director: Ben Levine
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $10,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    The Figure a Poem Makes

    A workshop on the reading and writing of poetry for Berkshire County elementary, middle and high school teachers.

    The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: David Dashiell
    awarded on: 2006-09-15
    amount: $3,700
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Understanding the Modern Middle East

    A library reading and discussion series focusing on the political history of the Modern Middle East (formerly a council-conducted program).

    Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
    Wakefield, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Elisabeth Doucett
    awarded on: 2006-09-07
    amount: $500
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Visions of America

    Programming and resources to accompany an exhibit of Currier & Ives prints, including a panel discussion, an on-line version of the exhibit, and an exhibition/program brochure.

    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kay Simpson
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $9,500
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Working Waterfront Documentation Project

    An oral history project that will be conducted in conjunction with the third Working Waterfront Festival, a celebration of the occupational culture of the commercial fishing industry.

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

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $7,022
    Project Grant

    Mi Puerto Rico: Master Painters of the Island, 1785-1952

    A bilingual audio tour and public programs in conjunctions with an upcoming exhibit, "Mi Puerto Rico: Master Painters of the Island, 1785-1952."

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

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum

    The publication of a catalogue of the Concord Museum's Thoreau collection that includes his desk, walking stick, flute, spyglass, and other objects.

    Concord Museum
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director:
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Colonial America and the American Revolution: Experiencing the Past in Historic Lexington

    Educational programs for K-12 students using the Lexington Historical Society's collection of documents and artifacts and its three Colonial properties that figured in the Battle of Lexington.

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

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $4,580
    Project: Media Grant

    From Somalia to Springfield: Stories from the Somali Women's Project

    Preproduction of a documentary about Somali women adjusting to life in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Fund For Women Artists
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Julie Akeret
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Spirit of Providence

    The production of a documentary about the Sisters of Providence in Holyoke, Massachusetts, who founded public healthcare institutions in the region.

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

    project director: Elizabeth Wilda
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

    Our Commonwealth: The Massachusetts Experiment in Democracy

    An exhibition of the foundational documents of Massachusetts including the 1629 Massachusetts Bay Charter, to be displayed at the Massachusetts Archives.

    Friends of the Commonwealth Museum
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Stephen Kenney
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Scenes from a Parish

    Production grant for this documentary about three years in a multicultural Catholic parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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

    project director: James Rutenbeck
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Unmuddling the Modern Middle East

    A summer teachers' institute that will equip teachers with the knowledge and curricular resources necessary for teaching about the modern Middle East.

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

    project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    The ASP Teacher Institute at Emerson College

    The Actors' Shakespeare Project's summer teaching institute on teaching Shakespeare, centering on their Boston production of Hamlet

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

    project director: Sara Stackhouse
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Concord River Greenway Park Historical Signage

    Interpretive historical signage (wayside exhibits) to be installed in the Concord River Greenway park, a large community project preserving land along the east bank of the Lowell portion of the Concord River.

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

    project director: Kristin McCauley
    awarded on: 2006-06-17
    amount: $7,978
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    A Stroll through Paradise: Stepping into History

    The installation of an "outdoor museum" of historic markers in Northampton.

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

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 2006-06-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Humanities Solo Historical/Literary Series

    A summer series of eleven interactive living history performances.

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

    project director: Jim Cooke
    awarded on: 2006-06-09
    amount: $3,740
    Project Grant

    Women at War

    A theater piece based on oral history interviews with military women from Massachusetts who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    Northampton Center for the Arts
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: John Hadden
    awarded on: 2006-06-09
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Littleton Historical Society RIG

    The creation of an inventory of the journals and writings of three generations of the Harwood family. The final product will be a guide to the Harwood family papers.

    Littleton Historical Society and Museum
    Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Ann H. Himmelberger
    awarded on: 2006-06-01
    amount: $1,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Plainfield Historical Society RIG

    The entering of historical deeds from the Dyer collection into a database to be made available at the Shaw Memorial Library in Plainfield.

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

    project director: Judy Williams
    awarded on: 2006-05-23
    amount: $1,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Men at Work: Overseers in Lowell's Ante-bellum Textile Mills

    A study of the male overseers at Lowell's ante-bellum textile mills.

    Center for Lowell History
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Martha Mayo
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Fashionable Accessories: Daveys Handbags

    A study of the records and product samples from Daveys, a Worcester handbag company. The records now reside with the Worcester Historical Museum.

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

    project director: Holly Izard
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    The Straw and Textile Industries in Stoughton and Easton Massachusetts in the Early 19th Century

    A study of the development of the straw-braiding and textile industries in Stoughton and Easton from before the War of 1812 to approximately 1840, as reflected in the Hodges Collection of business ledgers and day books.

    Stoughton Historical Society
    Stoughton, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Dwight H. MacKerron
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,390
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Keeping the Harvest: Historic Foodways in the Andovers

    Archival research into the artifacts related to food history held by both Andover and North Andover Historical Societies. Resources developed will be used for new programs.

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

    project director: Juliet H. Mofford
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Twentieth Century Farming at the Bryant Homestead

    A research project to determine the farming and dairying activities that occurred at the Bryant Homestead from 1900-1959.

    William Cullen Bryant Homestead
    Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Ellice Gonzalez
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,497
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Investigating the Crypt at Old North

    An investigation of the Crypt of the Old North Church to determine who is buried there.

    Old North Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Christine Baron
    awarded on: 2006-04-07
    amount: $2,427
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    GMHC History of the Fishing Industry Exhibit

    The planning, design, and fundraising phases of a permanent exhibit on the history of the Gloucester fishing industry.

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

    project director: Harriet Webster
    awarded on: 2006-03-21
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

    Tick Tock Trolley Pilot Program

    The development of routes and tours for a newly purchased trolley in the City of Waltham.

    City of Waltham
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Alison Steinfeld
    awarded on: 2006-03-21
    amount: $10,000
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