Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Boston Asian American Film Festival: Home in America

    A four-day themed film festival on intergenerational immigrant experiences.

    Asian American Resource Workshop
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    earth.sky mobile exhibition

    Creation of two short films by Roberto Mighty featuring historical figures, their monuments, and the cemetery landscape, to be included in a series of twenty shorts that will be the basis of a walking tour mobile app.

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bree Harvey
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Harry H. Dow Legal Case Files

    Inventory, translation, and assessment of client files from the Harry H. Dow papers archived at the Suffolk Law School Library.

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

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Hilltowns History Conference and Fair - Hooked on History

    A local history day at Mohawk Trail Regional High School uniting teachers, students, and the public with local history organizations.

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

    project director: Sheila Damkoehler
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Historic Property Research and Plaque Project

    Research and fabrication of six historical plaques, to be awarded to property owners for their efforts in maintaining the historical integrity and condition of their property.

    The Preservation Society of Fall River
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jim Soule
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $2,500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    5th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower Park

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    New Lynn Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Exploring Effective Interpretation of Northern Slavery and its Legacies

    A one-day symposium familiarizing regional historic and cultural resource organizations with the history and legacy of slavery in the north and helping them develop programming and materials.

    Essex National Heritage Commission
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Beth Beringer
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $4,630
    Project Grant

    Stem to Stern: Building CONSTITUTION

    A short film featuring an animation of the 1790s building of the USS Constitution, to be shown while Old Ironsides is in dry dock and can be seen in her entirety.

    USS Constitution Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robert Kiihne
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Chair City Oral History Series and Community Art Center

    A community art and discussion project that will engage former chair manufacturing workers in producing 400 copies of eleven oral histories recorded in 2009, after the closing of the city's last chair manufacturer.

    The Gardner Museum, Inc.
    Gardner, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Tracie Pouliot
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $4,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Lowell's Irish Problem: The Town Vote to Establish a School for the Irish

    Production of a 3-minute film that is to provide background for Tsongas Center interactive civic activity that focuses on immigration.

    Tsongas Industrial History Center
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kristin Gallas
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    1854...a folk opera

    Writing of the libretto of a "folk opera" about the mid-nineteenth-century African American experience on Martha's Vineyard.

    U.S. Slave Song Project
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jack Schimmelman
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    2015 Speaker Series

    Support for the 80th season of the speaker series, consisting of five free public lectures.

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

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Techung: Bone of the Heart documentary film

    Preproduction work on a documentary covering the role of music in the maintaining of cultural identity among Tibetan exiles.

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

    project director: Marilyn D. Pennell
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $9,310
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Nuestras Abuelas - Our Grandmothers

    A bilingual exhibit on Latino heritage created in consultation with Holyoke residents and focused on the relationships of the subjects with their grandmothers.

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

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $6,200
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Domestic Workers and Employers: Exploring the Realities of Work, Family, Care and Community

    A multimedia oral history project with workers and employers about the MA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, including two public events.

    MataHari: Eye of the Day
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Moniqe Nguyen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    DAWNLAND short films

    Short-film social media efforts to support the creation and distribution of the full-length documentary film DAWNLAND, about the Maine Wabanaki-State Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

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

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World

    Production of a play by Yussef El Guindi, post-performance talks with the playwright, and a free, public symposium on the role of the arts in challenging stereotypes.

    Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $2,900
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Driving to the American Dream: Citizenship at the Wheel

    A reading, discussion, and performance program for Boston cab drivers based on Dmitry Samarov's Where To?

    William Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Barbara Lewis
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $9,848
    Project: Media Grant

    The Portuguese Kitchen

    Creation of a five-to-twelve minute pilot video about Portuguese cuisine and its history hosted by Manny Lopes of "Cooking with Dad TV."

    WGBY TV 57
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Harold Wolfe
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    VIETNAM: Not the War - The Post War

    Creation of a trailer, script, and fundraising plan for a one-hour documentary film by Bestor Cram about the post-war realities in Vietnam and American veterans' ongoing involvement there.

    Indochina Arts Partnership
    Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: C. David Thomas
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Website

    Development of an educational website about the history of the commercial fishing industry in New Bedford, providing online access to oral histories and other materials gathered by the Working Waterfront Festival.
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    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2015-06-16
    amount: $5,000
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    Worcester Roots Project
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2015-06-03
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Many Languages, One Collective Voice: We Read Frederick Douglass as One Community

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    City of Brockton
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2015-05-19
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Immigration: Proud Past, Troubled Present

    A series of summer lectures offered by scholars, legal experts, and city officials, with contributions from recent immigrants to the Commonwealth on the history of immigration in the United States.

    Charlemont Federated Church
    Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan S. Purdy
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Massachusetts Native Peoples and the Social Contract: A Reassessment for Our Times

    A convention of Native groups in Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod Islands, South Coast, and Amherst in roundtable discussions envisioning a new social contract between the Commonwealth and its Native peoples.

    Institute for New England Native American Studies
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cedric Woods
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    South County Stories

    A gathering of local oral histories from members of multi-generational working families in the Berkshire County area and the subsequent creation and performance of four short plays based on their stories.

    Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
    Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Beryl Jolly
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Pirates, Shipwrecks and Ghosts of Boston Harbor

    Training of the summer program staff to engage new audiences in humanities storytelling about Boston Harbor and its historical denizens.

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    "Stride Toward Freedom" Together: Connecting Brockton's Diversity by Exploring Our Common Ground

    A community conversation on historic approaches to social contract negotiation and achieving citizen rights and freedoms, and signage marking approaches to the subject by notable historical figures.

    City of Brockton
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Farm Values: Civic Agriculture at the Crossroads

    Support for the development of an educational and informational program focusing on the economic and civic history of local agriculture by telling the stories of 6 farms in 6 towns in the region served by the Trust.

    Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
    Athol, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Jamie Pottern
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods

    Support for a social media campaign to launch a multimedia electronic book depicting the history of China's One-Child Policy and the experiences of two adopted Chinese-American girls who visited their place of birth.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Melissa Ludtke
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Mill Girls of Lowell Photovoice Project

    Support for programs for girls 10 and older learning about the famous Lowell Mill Girls through history lessons, site visits, and walking-and-photography tours.

    Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Jennifer Demers
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    A Conversation with a Living Legend

    A conversation between jazz legend Archie Shepp and students from Science and Technology of Springfield and Holyoke High Schools on how social and political current events impact the direction of contemporary music.

    Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Stephen Burrell
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Reel Talk Film Series

    A three-part moderated film-and-discussion program with underserved Lawrence youth.

    Lawrence Community Works
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Jared Ravreby
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $4,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Provincetown Theater, Then and Now - Centennial Humanities Program

    Multi-lingual playbill essays and study for local high schools and community college classes illuminating the relationship between the Provincetown Playhouse's famous founders and the Portuguese fishing community on the theater's 100th anniversary.

    Provincetown Theater Foundation
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Margaret Van Sant
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Digging Northampton's History - A Community Archaeology Project

    An archaeological dig at the 1719 Parsons House, to which area third and fourth grade students and the public will be invited.

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

    project director: Linda Ziegenbein
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Project eLEVate

    Support for a summer youth program as part of the Biannual Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival, focused on African-American identity in the Berkshires as well as the history and question of civil rights.

    MCLA Foundation
    Williamstown, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Don Q. Kelley
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Civic Awareness and Opportunities for Young Males of Color to Refine 21st Century Skills

    A program engaging 25 young black men from grades three through five in nominating the home of local hero Suzanne Revaleon Green for inclusion on the African American Heritage Trail in Cambridge.

    Fletcher Maynard Academy
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robin Harris
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Voices from Beyond the Dark: Sharing Historical Understanding Through Performance

    11th graders' dramatic reading of the voices of selected human rights leaders in a theatrical performance of "Voices From Beyond the Dark" by Ariel Dorfman.

    Four Rivers Charter School
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Susan Durkee
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    A Most Commodius Store: N.H. Skinner and Company

    Support for an exhibit to focus on the Skinner department store in downtown Taunton at the turn of the twentieth century as part of the Society's revitalized community engagement efforts.

    Old Colony Historical Society
    Taunton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Katie MacDonald
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Understanding Early 20th Century Medical Care in Hatfield

    Examination and interpretation of Hatfield Historical Museum's medical collection from the early 1900s, focusing on Dr. Charles A. Byrne.

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

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $3,000
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