Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt

    A public event honoring Eleanor Roosevelt featuring, a dramatic portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, a book talk by author/historian Dr. Cathy D. Knepper, and a concert of big-band music from the 40s.

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

    project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $4,962
    Project Grant

    Afterburn-Willie Cole: selected works 1997-2004

    A gallery brochure and public programs for youth and adults in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition, Afterburn-Willie Cole: Selected works 1997-2004.

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

    project director: Susan L. Stoops
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: K-12 Grant

    Shakespeare and Justice

    A collaboration with Discovering Justice and the Actors' Shakespeare Project to produce matinees in the courtroom of the Moakley US Courthouse for 9th-12th graders.

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

    project director: Maria Karagianis
    awarded on: 2005-06-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    The Powder and the Glory: Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein

    90-minute tv documentary on Madame Helena Rubenstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, two entrepreneurial women from different parts of the world, who pursued the American Dream by creating new industries in the time of a rising consumer culture.

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

    project director: Ann C. Grossman
    awarded on: 2005-06-01
    amount: $10,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Crime and the Cultural Landscape

    Library reading and discussion series.

    Medford Public Library
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Victoria Schneiderman
    awarded on: 2005-05-23
    amount: $500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Clara Barton Birthplace Museum

    "Clustering Memories of Clara" - Developing an interpretive plan that tells the complete story of Clara Barton - the child, the woman, the humanitarian, the inspiration.

    Clara Barton Birthplace Museum
    North Oxford, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cathy Woods
    awarded on: 2005-05-02
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Berkshire Historical Society

    Tor Court in Context: Impact of the Gilded Age on the economic and physical development in Pittsfield.

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

    project director: Catherine Reynolds
    awarded on: 2005-04-27
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Robert Treat Paine Historical Trust

    Research aimed to deep understanding and interpretation of the servants that lived on the property of Stonehurst.

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

    project director: Ann Clifford
    awarded on: 2005-04-27
    amount: $2,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Scholar in Residence - Forest Hills Educational Trust

    Documentation and cataloguing of representative selection of both unusual and typical sculpture, gravestones and monuments by "anonymous" or little-known carvers which mark 19th century family burial lots.

    Forest Hills Educational Trust
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cecily Miller
    awarded on: 2005-04-27
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail Guide

    Revised and expanded booklet that will serve as a primary text for a Summer 2005 African American studies colloquium and for subsequent curriculum development in public school districts.

    Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
    Lakeville, CT, Litchfield County (Berkshire)

    project director: Rachel Fletcher
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Juniper Literary Festival

    Annual gathering of readers, writers, scholars, editors, publishers and independent journals and presses.

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

    project director: Lisa Olstein
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Telling the Story: The Power and Responsibility of Documenting Human Rights Violations

    Symposium bringing together journalists, filmmakers, etc. who use documentation of violations with scholars who approach it from theoretical perspectives.

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

    project director: Leigh Swigart
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $4,130
    Project Grant

    Immigration and Adjustment: Assyrian Family Records

    Exhibit and lecture series in Boston, the theme of which is how a Middle East community, the Assyrians, has been emigrating throughout the 20th century and adjusting to the United States.

    United Assyrian Association of Massachusetts, Inc.
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Eden Naby
    awarded on: 2005-04-21
    amount: $4,500
    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 Historical Society
    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-Collins
    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
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