Past Grants Awarded

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    Project Grant

    Planning for Populating the Commonwealth Historical Collaborative Catablog

    Development of a research-based plan designed to support small historical organizations in participating in a new statewide Commonwealth Historical Collaborative online archive.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Learning Ahead: Community-Based Cultural Itineraries

    A year-long project to produce six digital compilations of regional events to expand the popular Hilltown Families website.

    Hilltown Families
    West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sienna Wildfield
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Processing and Making Available the Papers of Charles Shively

    Inventory and processing of the papers of Charles Shively, a gay activist and poet in the Boston area during the 1970s and early 1980s, who was actively involved in a number of early and influential gay and queer newspapers, including Gay Community News, Fag Rag, and Gay Sunshine.
    (project website)

    The History Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: William Holden
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Enhancing Families Through Literature

    Implementation of two series (in 2016 and 2017) of the Enhancing Families Through Literature program with families involved with Berkshire Family and Probate Court.

    Berkshire County Head Start
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Stacy Parsons
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant

    Food for Change

    Distribution of the film "Food For Change" and the development of discussion materials.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Steven Alves
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford Museum

    Planning for a new core exhibit for the museum on the subject of local history.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Housing for All? Conversations

    A series of community conversations about affordable housing in Cambridge, based on citizen-conducted research and talks with experts and stake holders.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,000
    Project Grant

    Teen Education Through Film

    Six history curriculum-related film screenings with discussions led by invited guests for students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School.

    Martha's Vineyard Film Society
    Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jessica Johnson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $3,000
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Are All Men Created Equal: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

    A three-part event in Concord including readings of the Declaration of Independence, shared readings of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech, and a facilitated discussion by Professor Kendra Fields of Tufts University.

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Elon Cook
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    The July 4 Address of Frederick Douglass: A Public Reading

    A public reading of the July 4 address by Frederick Douglass on the Newton Centre Green, an event co-sponsored by the City of Newton.

    Historic Newton
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Clara Silverstein
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $495
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    6th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower Park

    A communal reading of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech as part of an Independence Day themed festival co-sponsored by the City of Lynn.

    Haitian Action Orphans Mission
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading Worcester

    A Reading Frederick Douglass event on Worcester Commons.

    Future Focus Media
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2016-05-25
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Reading Frederick Douglass Together in the Berkshires

    A three-part event on the history of Frederick Douglass' alliance with Susan B. Anthony and his enduring relevance.

    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
    Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Mary Ostraff
    awarded on: 2016-05-18
    amount: $275
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Fitchburg Frederick Douglass Communal Reading

    A parade and public discussion during the Reading Frederick Douglass event in Fitchburg, co-sponsored by many local organizations.

    Women in Action
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Chantel Bethea
    awarded on: 2016-05-18
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Touching Home in China: Curriculum for Educators

    Distribution of a curriculum to accompany the film "Touching Home in China," including videos, trainings, and presentations about Chinese history and culture.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Melissa Ludtke
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Processes: A Lecture Series on the Social Impact of Contemporary Photography

    A three-lecture series about the relationship between photographic processes and the "truth" in photography.

    Newburyport Clean Tech Center
    Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Asia Scudder
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,360
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    150 Years of Caroline Emmerton: Celebrating a Legacy

    A series of lectures and community conversations marking the 150th birthday of founder Caroline Emmerton.

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

    project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Theatrical Production of "American Son" with Weekend Symposium

    A weekend symposium on race, bias, and culture in present-day America held in conjunction with their production of "American Son."

    Barrington Stage Company
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Martin Mansfield
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Mastheads

    A series of five community conversations about writers of the American renaissance in the Pittsfield in conjunction with the City's new writers' residency program.

    City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Jen Glockner
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Reel Talk Film Series: Conscious Consumers

    A public film series, focused on issues relevant to the local Lawrence community.

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

    project director: Jared Ravreby
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,300
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    James Baldwin Project

    Creation of classroom-ready multimedia study guides and lesson plans, including optional events programming, about the life and work of James Baldwin.

    Maysles Institute
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Karen Thorsen
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Dialogues Across Divides Series

    A series of six dialogues entitled "Muslims in America: Dialogue Across Divides" on the issues shaping misperceptions of Muslims in the U.S. and in the greater Pioneer Valley.

    Critical Connections
    Longmeadow, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Fitchburg Immigrant Experience Online

    An internship program whose purpose is to inventory new acquisitions and engage local and immigrant audiences in Fitchburg.

    Fitchburg Historical Society
    Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Susan L. Navarre
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Storytelling by the Sea

    A new storytelling program about the history of Boston Harbor.

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Beyond Success: Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams

    Support for the 2016 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

    Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
    Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jeff Hall-Flavin
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Making History on the Common 2016

    Support for the annual history day on Boston Common, in which more than 1,000 Boston school third-to-fifth-grade school kids usually participate.

    Friends of the Public Garden
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Vizza
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $8,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    At Sword's Point: A Labor History of Greenfield

    Research and an overview history of local factory labor based on materials in the collection of the Museum and other sources.

    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: James Terapane
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Circle Up: Let's Talk About Justice, Forgiveness and Accountability

    Creation of discussion materials and a series of conversations in Boston Public High Schools using clips from the film "The Circle: A Story of Murder and Reconciliation in Boston".

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

    project director: Julie Mallozzi
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $9,998
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Neighborhoods of Worcester

    Research and creation of a traveling exhibit focused on the history of Latino immigration in Worcester, MA.

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

    project director: Olga Lopez Hill
    awarded on: 2016-03-18
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Women in Politics: Then and Now

    A slate of programming around the theme of women in politics, especially the life and work of the progressive Nichols sisters.

    Nichols House Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Victoria Glazomitsky
    awarded on: 2016-03-17
    amount: $7,550
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    We Read Frederick Douglass as a Community: One Voice, Three Languages

    A public reading of Frederick Douglass' "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave" in the three major languages of Brockton.

    Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Madeline M. Smith
    awarded on: 2016-03-16
    amount: $500
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Competing Notions for a Common Good

    A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider contemporary anti-Islam rhetoric in larger historical contexts.

    M.G. Parker Memorial Library
    Dracut, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Nanci M. Hill
    awarded on: 2016-03-01
    amount: $1,000
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Incarceration and the Common Good

    Common Good Reads discussion series that uses discussion, theatre, storytelling, reading, and writing to engage residents in conversations about Douglass Blackmon's Pulitzer-Prize-winning book "Slavery by Another Name" and Loftin's play "When the System Swallows You."

    Franklin County Sherrif's Office
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Revan Schendler
    awarded on: 2016-02-10
    amount: $2,500
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

    Common Good Reads Discussion Series

    A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider the relationship between diversity, culture, migration, and the social contract.

    Peabody Institute Library
    Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kelly R. Unger
    awarded on: 2016-02-05
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Media Grant

    The Philadelphia Eleven

    Funding to conduct and film interviews and to perform archival research for the documentary film, "The Philadelphia Eleven," about the women who were ordained as priests in 1974 as an act of civil disobedience within the Episcopal Church.

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

    project director: Margo Guernsey
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Olde Colraine: A Musical Hilltown History

    Performer Jonathan Mirin's expansion and development of a new version of "Mill, Mountain, River: A Child's Eye View of Older Colraine," a local history theatre piece adapted to different communities which share Coleraine's mill history and to be performed at the SYRUP Festival in Shelburne Falls.

    Fractured Atlas
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Jonathan Mirin
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the Snow

    Educational programming in conjunction with the production of "History Theater at the Old State House: Blood on the Snow," a collaborative theatre project with educational components surrounding the aftermath of the Boston Massacre.

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

    project director: Nathaniel G. Sheidley
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

    Design and building of an interactive educational website in order to publicize and foster discussion around the feature-length documentary film "GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in WWII."

    CityLore
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Lisa Ades
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Boston's Colonial Religious History Tour App

    Development of a walking tour mobile application explores Boston's early religious history, with a particular focus on the decision-making practices and contentious issues that characterized life in seventeenth-century Boston.
    (project website)

    Congregational Library and Archives
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Carolyn Hewitt
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $7,000
    Project Grant

    Somerset, Massachusetts: Envisioning Past and Present

    A program for 36 students in the school's Advanced Digital Photography program to create a town-wide large-scale photo installation of the historic places, people, and culture of the town.
    (project website)

    Somerset Berkley Regional High School
    Somerset, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Virginia Troutman
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
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