Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Neighborhood Partnership Initiative

    A 14-week course for nine youths and three community-based organizations' representatives with instruction on how to research, design, and implement public history projects in their own community.

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

    project director: Karilyn Crockett
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Cambodian Humanities Internet Curriculum

    K-12 dissemination project aimed at upgrading on-line curriculum materials that use Cambodian traditional arts to promote understanding of Khmer culture in schools and communities across the state.

    World Education
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Alan C. Morgan
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $23,000
    Project Grant

    Scribbling Women

    The dramatization of "Afterward," by Edith Wharton - one of the ten short stories included in the second Scribbling Women collection - and accompanying related curriculum and lesson plans.

    Public Media Foundation
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Valerie Henderson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Agents of Social Change in the Classroom

    A week-long teacher training institute in using selected documents from several recently opened collections collectively known as the Agents for Social Justice. The intent of this program is to provide the same level of engagement with the documents, scholarly background and curriculum support. The program will be geared for both middle and high school teachers.

    Smith College
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Kathleen Banks Nutter
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,000
    Project Grant

    Contemplating Nature

    A public program for general audiences by Richard Nelson emphasizing the importance of our having both physical and spiritual connections to the places that we live. The scholar will also address issues surrounding our allegiance to the American landscape and explore our connections and obligations towards the earth, leading to a possible redefinition of patriotism.

    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tom Alworth
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Voices from Three Centuries: Teaching U.S. History with Primary Source Materials

    A week-long summer institute for middle and high school teachers aimed at helping teachers learn to conduct archival research so that they may enhance curricula in English Language Arts and New England social and cultural history from the 18th century through the 20th centuries. In addition, there will be a follow-up session and public presentation in the fall.

    Porter Phelps Huntington Foundation
    Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Marla Miller
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $10,200
    Project Grant

    Favorite Poem Project Institute for Massachusetts Educators

    A 2001 summer poetry institute for Massachusetts educators, designed to affect lasting improvements to the teaching of poetry in Massachusetts schools. A 5-day program on Boston University's Charles River campus will immerse 50 teachers and administrators in the art of poetry, reinforcing their familiarity with a broad range of poems-contemporary authors and great authors of the past, both American and those from foreign cultures.

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

    project director: Robert N. Pinsky
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $21,750
    Project Grant

    Workable Peace

    A curriculum and professional development project on inter-group conflict management for high school students and educators. Workable Peace aims to help teenagers understand why inter-group conflicts start, why some of these conflicts lead to violence, and how violent inter-group conflicts can be prevented and ended.

    Consensus Building Institute
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David Fairman
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $23,280
    Project Grant

    Making Freedom: African-Americans in United States History

    A two-year professional development initiative including a teacher training institute to introduce Massachusetts middle and high school teachers to major resources in African-American intellectual history.

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

    project director: Anna Roelofs
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $24,405
    Project Grant

    Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass Performances

    Five performances of Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass in a Southern Massachusetts community.

    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    North Dartmouth, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Kimberly Wilson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    I'm Every Woman Symposium: Suffragettes and Abolitionists

    A symposium with a featured speaker (Sylvia McDowell) on 19th century women activists. The event will focus on the visibility of diverse women activists in American history who varied in ideas and interests but helped to inspire positive social change.

    Harmony Grove Research Center
    Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Edwina Weston-Dyer
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Isaiah Thomas-Patriot Printer

    A combination of theatrical performance by a professional actor and a facsimile/curriculum packet containing historic documents and graphic images from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society. The packet will contain background materials and lesson plans developed by classroom teachers from grades five through high school.

    American Antiquarian Society
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: James D. Moran
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Nantucket: Rock of Changes

    Preparations for the documentary, "Nantucket/Rock of Changes" for national broadcast by PBS. The films tells an important historical story relevant to our time: the African American whaling community of Nantucket and its fight for equal education two decades before the Civil War.

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

    project director: Harlan Reiniger
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Unfinished Symphony: Taking Responsibility in a Democratic Society

    The completion of a one-hour documentary motion picture that examines the role of dissenting citizens as participants in the process of a democratic government. The film focuses on the Vietnam War veterans and Lexington townspeople who participated in an anti-war demonstration over the Memorial Dat weekend, May 1971.

    Northern Light Productions
    Allston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bestor Cram
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Still Standing: Trapfishing in America

    A documentary that will explore the rich tradition of trapfishing along the Massachusetts coastline and consider the crisis of a fishery in jeopardy.

    Provincetown Community Compact, Inc.
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Seth Rolbein
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    The Last Place in the World

    An exhibition about the former Northampton State Hospital to be viewed at the Center for the Arts in Northampton. The exhibition will focus on the historical and artistic aspects of the hospital through the selected works of the scholars involved in the project.

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

    project director: Anna Schuleit
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Brazil at 500: Commemorating History and Culture

    A series of talks and cultural events at the Du Bois Library at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in commemoration of the quincentenary of Brazil's discovery in 1500.

    Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Peter Stern
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,204
    Project Grant

    Keys to the Highway: The Big Bill Broonzy Story

    The preproduction funding for the research and development of a four-part radio documentary and internet website on blues composer and singer William "Bog Bill" Broonzy. The project will explore the connections between African-American social, economic and cultural history, the codification of the country blues between 1925 and 1940, and the influence of the blues on American popular music.

    Emerson College
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Roger House
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $9,030
    Project Grant

    Frontier Colonial House and Farm Site

    A site interpretation of a frontier colonial house and farm site.

    Fruitlands Museums
    Harvard, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Joanne Myers
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Skinner Employee Oral History Project

    An oral history project to collect the memories of former employees of the Skinner Family. Project will include the gathering of photographs, artifacts and personal memories of former staff members into an exhibition.

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

    project director: Sandra Krein
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Teamsters Local 25 Pictorial History

    Support to assemble, mount and publicize a pictorial history exhibit commemorating the 90th anniversary of its International Brotherhood of Teamsters charter of October 1, 1910.

    Teamsters Local 25
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Steven R. Sullivan
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project Grant

    Morning Sun

    Production of a two-hour film and related website on the history and social consequences of China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

    Long Bow Group, Inc.
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Carma Hinton
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    Ka Ding Dong!

    Production grant for a 90-minute documentary about the G-Clefs, one of the few remaining rhythm and blues groups from the 1950s that is still performing with its original members.

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

    project director: Abby Freedman
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $15,000
    Project Grant

    Cultivating Self/Cultivating Nature: Emerson, Thoreau & the Challenges of Today

    A free lecture series for adult audiences exploring selected major themes from the writings of Emerson and Thoreau: individualism, environmental vision, land use, and the relationship between science and nature.

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

    project director: Judith H. Stern
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,565
    Project Grant

    Epiphany in Progress

    A documentary that focuses on the first year of the Epiphany School, a private, tuition free, full-service, faith based middle school for low-income children in Boston.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Michal Goldman
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $25,000
    Project Grant

    Bankside Humanities Series

    A series of free public lectures/demonstrations on cultural aspects of the Renaissance that helped to shape the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

    Shakespeare & Company
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Mary Guzzy
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    In Search of Many Americas

    A reading and discussion series that challenges participants to consider the interplay of the ideal and reality in America's self-image.

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

    project director: Lucy Loomis
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    The Interventionists Lecture Series

    A lecture series investigating the political and artistic issues raised by "The Interventionists" exhibition at MASS MoCA that explores a genre in contemporary art and activism.

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

    project director: Nato Thompson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,265
    Project Grant

    The Flute Player: Educational and Community Events Plan

    Community events using the film, "The Flute Player," a documentary about Arn Chorn-Pond. Events will be targeted to three groups in Lowell: youth, Cambodians and Cambodian Americans, and the general public.

    Cambodian Master Performers Program
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Charley Todd
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,819
    Project Grant

    The Art of City Building: Architecture & Landscape Design

    Two forums focusing on how the design of architecture, public art, boulevards, parks, and gardens influence the creation of a Cultural District.

    Fenway Alliance
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Minona Heaviland
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $4,980
    Project Grant

    Brochure and Reading List for Nine Notable Women of Boston

    A print brochure and reading list to describe the "Nine Notable Women of Boston" mural painted in 1980 by Ellen Lanyon and recently installed in the lobby of the Boylston Street entrance of the Boston Public Library.

    Boston Public Library
    West Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle Jenney
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $3,000
    Project Grant

    Coffee House Exhibit

    Exhibition Production Grant to mount an exhibition, present related programming, and create website pages on the 100-year history of the Skinner Coffee House, a community center that began as a settlement house with programs for women factory workers, and is now the home of Nueva Esperanza, an organization serving a largely Latino population. The focus of the exhibit and related public programs is the facility's continuing role in the community.

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

    project director: Carol Constant
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,272
    Project Grant

    Lost Theatres of Somerville

    Support for events and publicity for the exhibition "Lost Theatres of Somerville" opening in March 2003, including an interactive catalogue and support for a lecture series along with other scholarly and creative programming.

    Somerville Historical Society and Museum
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: David M. Guss
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    "Vineyard Voices, American Stories" Pre-Production Project

    Media pre-production project consisting of oral history interviews with eight elderly Vineyard residents as resource material for the documentary film, Vineyard Voices, American Stories.

    Martha's Vineyard Historical Society
    Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Linsey Lee
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The Banjo Project

    Pre-production grant of $5000 to complete a treatment and promotional videotape for a national public television documentary about the social history of America's quintessential musical instrument - the banjo.

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

    project director: Marc Fields
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Encounter in Norumbega: The Hidden Story of Early New England Maps

    Reading & Discussion program at the Westwood Library

    Westwood Public Library
    Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Thomas P. Viti
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $800
    Project Grant

    Young Adult Literature Reading and Discussion Group

    Reading & Discussion group exploring young adult literature.

    Gaylord Memorial Library
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Megan Lambert
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $949
    Resource Center Grant

    Desperate Journeys

    Reading & Discussion Series

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

    project director: Karen Demers
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $200
    Project Grant

    American Jewish Music

    Lecture on American Jewish music, including presentations by three scholars of Jewish music and history. The Zamir Chorale will sing works to illustrate the speakers' points.

    Zamir Chorale of Boston
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Joshua Jacobson
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $1,150
    Project Grant

    The Indians Who Met the Pilgrims Kit Revitalization Project

    A prototype museum kit/curriculum unit about the Wampanoag people of Massachusetts.

    Boston Children's Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Juli Brownrigg
    awarded on: 1999-11-16
    amount: $24,420
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