Past Grants Awarded

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    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
    Project Grant

    Voices from the Oak Tree

    A series of public presentations focusing on the oral and literary traditions of the Wampanoag people.

    Oversoul Theatre Collective, Inc.
    Mashpee, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Morgan J. Peters
    awarded on: 2004-03-15
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Nathaniel Hawthorne Bicentennial Lectures

    Three lectures about the life, work and legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne during 2004, the bicentennial of his birth.

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

    project director: Alexandria Mason
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Project 2050

    "Knowledge for Power" sessions for the Project 2050 summer retreat, a yearly ten-day gathering of artists, scholars, and a racially diverse group of 45 Western Massachusetts youth, at which themes connected to the projected demographic shift of 2050--when people of color will become the majority in the US--are explored through artistic and scholastic expression.

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

    project director: Talvin Wilkes
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Still Present Pasts

    A multi-media exhibit that explores the legacies of the Korean war and encourages reflection about the devastation of all wars.
    (project website)

    Boston College
    Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: G. Ramsay Liem
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    African American Heritage Trail

    The publication of a revised and expanded version of the African American Heritage Trail book that will include information on more sites on Martha's Vineyard.

    African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
    West Tisbury, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Elaine C. Weintraub
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $3,500
    Project Grant

    The Man Who Found Thoreau: Roland W. Robbins and the Search for New England's Buried Past

    A subvention grant for a study of Massachusetts archaeologist Roland Robbins to be published by the University Press of New England in the fall of 2004.

    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD, Prince Georges County

    project director: Donald W. Linebaugh
    awarded on: 2004-03-12
    amount: $1,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    The Genesis and Genius of Islam

    An interdisciplinary summer institute on Islam. The course will explore the development of Islamic religious, social, and political life over time and across several cultures.

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

    project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
    awarded on: 2004-02-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Changing Lives Through Literature

    Books and transportation for CLTL, an alternative sentencing program for repeat offenders of literature discussions in a college setting.

    Middlesex Community College
    Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Jean Flanagan
    awarded on: 2003-12-13
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Resistance and Reconciliation: A Series of 3 Events

    Public events in conjunction with the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians. The featured topics are the 60th Anniversary of Japanese American draft resistance in WWII, the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 30th anniversary of the Garrity decision on busing.

    Organization of American Historians
    Bloomington, IN, Monroe County

    project director: Sarah Deutsch
    awarded on: 2003-12-13
    amount: $3,835
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Connecting with History: A Local History Curriculum for New Bedford

    A local history curriculum for fifth grade students and teachers in the New Bedford public schools consisting of reading, writing, research and interactive activities focused on New Bedford architecture, 19th century social and domestic history and Quakerism. Based on selected primary sources.

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

    project director: Blair Walker
    awarded on: 2003-12-12
    amount: $4,042
    Project Grant

    A State of Grace: An Exploration of the Literature of Grace Paley

    A collaborative inquiry into the work of writer Grace Paley, including three work-in-progress performances and a culminating staged reading of A State of Grace, a new play that dramatizes Paley's short stories, essays and poems.

    Underground Railway Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2003-08-27
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Ancient Fishweir Permanent Panels in Arlington Street Subway

    Production costs to cover the design and writing of two 5' by 12' enamel panels to be permanently installed in the Arlington Street T station when it is renovated in the fall of 2003. The panels will tell the story of the 5000-year-old fishweirs that are buried under the Back Bay, alongside the tracks of the Green Line.

    Touchable Stories, Inc.
    Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ross Miller
    awarded on: 2003-03-14
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Ending the Silence: Korean Americans Remember the Korean War

    Support of the planning phase of an exhibit devoted to the legacy of the Korean War for Korean Americans.

    Boston College
    Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: G. Ramsay Liem
    awarded on: 2003-03-14
    amount: $4,550
    Project Grant

    Robert Frost's Lawrence: A Visual Record

    Support of an exhibit of photographs and historical artifacts highlighting Frost's poetry to the city where he spent much of his adolescence and young adulthood, illuminating the public as to how Frost's poems were inspired by a history and culture of the textile-manufacturing city.

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

    project director: Mary Ellen Janeiro
    awarded on: 2003-03-14
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Autobiography: Writing and Memory

    A reading and discussion series that examines four autobiographies of people from varying cultural circumstances and ethnicities.

    Friends of the Leominster Public Library
    Leominster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Edward Bergman
    awarded on: 2002-08-07
    amount: $400
    Project Grant

    Once Upon a Time: Margaret Bruchac Presents Native American Folklore

    M. Bruchac presents Native American versions of folktales in collaboration with the Wenham Museum's exhibit of the same theme. Two sessions will be held; one for teachers and adults, one for families. The Beverly group Help for Abused Women and Children will transport mothers and children free of charge.

    Wenham Museum
    Wenham, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Carolyn Simmonds
    awarded on: 2002-02-22
    amount: $2,205
    Project Grant

    Berkshire Country Day School Du Bois Project

    Educational music/theater piece based on the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois

    Berkshire Country Day School
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: John Hadden
    awarded on: 2002-02-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Capeverdean Life in America/Haitian Life in America

    Two one-day workshops focusing on the historical, cultural, and linguistic background of the Haitian and Capeverdean communities in Boston.

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

    project director: Erik Jacobson
    awarded on: 2002-01-16
    amount: $1,250
    Project Grant

    Remember My Name

    An ongoing project recording the process of restoring the Danvers State Hospital cemetery. The end result will be short, time-lapse film of the last month that the graves remain unmarked.

    Straight Ahead Pictures
    Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Laurie Block
    awarded on: 2001-12-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    An Oral Histoy of Cy LeMieux

    An oral history project focusing on the experiences of a ninety-six year old expert on machinery used in Massachusetts mills during most of the twentieth century.

    American Textile History Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Helen Stroud
    awarded on: 2001-09-20
    amount: $622
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Family Affairs Series B

    A library reading and discussion series.

    Friends of the Beals Memorial Library
    Winchendon, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Elaine Gaspard
    awarded on: 2001-09-12
    amount: $936
    Project Grant

    The Artist's Role in Effecting Social Change

    A free lecture series investigating the various ways artists have been and can be involved in their communities, both socially and politically.

    Massachusetts College of Art Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nicholas Sorlien
    awarded on: 2001-07-19
    amount: $2,495
    Project Grant

    Anna Howard Shaw Meets Harriet Tubman

    An Eventide Arts Festival drama that poses the question, what would be the nature of a conversation between Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, one of the first female ministers who preached at the Dennis Union Church from 1878-1885 and Harriet Tubman. The dialogue has been informed by Shaw's writing and illuminates attitudes about race that permeated the Cape during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

    Eventide Theatre Company
    Dennis, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Noel Tipton
    awarded on: 2001-07-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    The Goody Parsons Case

    A multifaceted program on witchcraft that builds on primary documents, historical artifacts, and humanities scholarship to develop public programs and exhibits to enrich K-12 curriculum.

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

    project director: Kerry Buckley
    awarded on: 2001-06-26
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Project 2050

    Given the profound demographic changes that will be evident in the year 2050, these seminars and workshops are designed to generate artistic responses to themes that include personal and ethnic identity, injustice, and power relationships.

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

    project director: Roberta Uno
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    The Laces of Ipswich

    The planning of an exhibition intended to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the significance of the handmade lace production in the New England Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts between 1750 and 1840 as a social, economic, and cultural phenomenon and to provide insight into the lives of the women who made the lace, some of the nation's first entrepreneurs.

    American Textile History Museum
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Diane F. Affleck
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Rediscovering a Lost Tradition: The Technology of a 17th-Century Wood-Fired Kiln

    An exhibit and related programming centering on a 17th century wood-fired kiln at the museum's craft center.

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

    project director: Deborah Mason
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    Sogni d'Oro--Dreams of Gold: A Collection of Oral Histories of Italian-American Families

    An oral history project on the histories of Italian families who settled in the greater Fitchburg and Leominster area. The project will culminate in a public presentation that will include some of the recorded oral histories with contextual historical and social material as well as photographs.

    Fitchburg State College
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Mary C. Durling
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Jacob's Pillow Audience Engagement Series for Festival 2001

    Pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions led by Resident Pillow Scholars. The talks will lead audiences through art criticism, historic and cultural interpretations, as well as live discussions with Festival artists and other people of note.

    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
    Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Norton Owen
    awarded on: 2001-06-08
    amount: $7,500
    Project Grant

    Moby-Dick and the Twentieth Century

    A lecture series focusing on the impact of Moby Dick in the twentieth century.

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

    project director: Susan Eisley
    awarded on: 2001-05-17
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    From Augustus to Augustine: The Roman World and its Enduring Legacy

    CANE summer institute for teachers.

    Classical Association of New England
    Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Carla Goodnoh
    awarded on: 2001-05-17
    amount: $2,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    A Natural Wilderness: American Nature Writers

    A four part series exploring the ways in which modern Americans, as individuals and as a society,have worked with the traditions of the past and searched for new values in a disappearing wilderness.

    Thornton W. Burgess Society
    Sandwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Bethany S. Rutledge
    awarded on: 2001-05-08
    amount: $901
    Project Grant

    A Forty Year Perspective: A Celebration and Examination of Historic Preservation at Hancock Shaker Village

    A public celebration of the success of the 1960's grass-roots preservation efforts at an important American communal site, and to examine changes in historic preservation practices and cultural perceptions of this museum and beyond.

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

    project director: Mary Rentz
    awarded on: 2001-04-15
    amount: $2,500
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