Past Grants Awarded

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    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Salem's Franco-American History: Transcribing, Translating and Developing Thematic Guide to Oral History

    Transcription and translation of 20 videotaped oral histories of former and current Franco-American residents of Salem.

    Salem State University
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Edwards
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $3,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Hilltowns History Conference and Fair

    A Franklin County history happening, to be held at Colrain Central School. The daylong event will consist of a free history fair with activities and booths for all ages presented by organizations and individuals from around the county, as well as an indoor history conference with about 20 breakout sessions.

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

    project director: Susan Samoriski
    awarded on: 2012-03-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Julien Hudson Exhibition; Lecture Series

    A lecture series, art history course, children's program, and a series of radio interviews to accompany its exhibit on Julien Hudson. Hudson was an early American portrait painter of African descent who explored race and the South in his work.

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

    project director: Honee Hess
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    How We Live Today: Challenges of Globalization

    Eight public discussions on the ramifications of the global economy, which will also be broadcast via public radio and podcasts. The discussions will focus on global engagement in military, political, and economic terms.

    Cambridge Forum
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Patricia Suhrcke
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke

    Inventory of the papers of Carlos Vega, one of Holyoke's most vocal and prolific Latino activists.

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

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Medford Circa 1855

    Cataloguing of materials relating to Medford during the transitional ante-bellum period, c. 1855.

    Medford Historical Society
    Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Barbara Kerr
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration Planning Phase

    An exhibit and public programming on the historical legacy of 1763 Peace of Paris treaty to coincide with its 250th anniversary in 2013. Credited with ending the last in a series of international conflicts known as the French and Indian wars, the treaty shaped the roles of Britain, France, and Spain on the North American continent and is seen as the precursor to the American Revolution

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

    project director: Donald C. Carleton
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $4,925
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    StoriesLive 2012

    A series of assemblies and classroom workshops that teach teenagers about public speaking and storytelling techniques, and culminates in a competitive story slam, a live event with judges and prize money for finalists.

    Massmouth, Inc.
    Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Norah Dooley
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    The Temperamentals

    Two post-performance forums during the run of The Temperamentals, a play about the founders of one of the first gay rights organizations in the pre-Stonewall United States. The grant will also support interactive elements for audiences attending.

    The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Nora Long
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Meaning of the Highlands Neighborhood Today

    An out-of-school program for six to 10 teens that will explore the rich history of the Highlands neighborhood (the one-time home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass), and lead to a video-theatre piece based on oral history interviews with residents.

    The Highlands Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Boston Busing/Desegregation Project: Can We Talk?

    A series of public education forums that examine Boston's desegregation history and its current public education needs in order start an informed conversation among various constituencies about public school quality and equality.

    Union of Minority Neighborhoods
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Donna Bivens
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Peace, Justice and Women - Changing the World

    A series of multimedia events on the life of this legendary leader in the fight for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.

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

    project director: Cynthia Whitty
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $4,643
    Project Grant

    African Americans in Early New England Project: A Crisis of Conscience and Memory

    A podcast and printed tour of African-American sites in the village of Old Deerfield as well as K-12 online lessons that will illuminate the history of local slavery in Old Deerfield.

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

    project director: Timothy Neumann
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Will We Ever Learn?.. The Struggle for Equality, One Group at a Time

    Three hour-long segments of its morning program, The Roundtable; the segments will explore parallels between various struggles for equality in American history. Interviewees will include such important figures as Anita Hill, Robert Reich, and Alex Keyssar, among others.

    WAMC
    Albany, NY, Albany County

    project director: Joe Donahue
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Troilus & Cressida

    Free public events and participatory programs for diverse audiences pertaining to the production of Troilus & Cressida.

    Actors' Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Lori Taylor
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Homefront & Battlefield Exhibition Implementation

    An exhibit that will explore the relationship between textiles/textile artifacts and the escalation of conflict during the Civil War and its aftermath. The exhibit will display slave cloth, soldier bandages, and the noose used to hang John Brown, among other key objects.

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

    project director: Diane F. Affleck
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Fire and Ice: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

    Development of a trailer for a PBS documentary on the life of Frances Perkins, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor and the architect of Social Security, minimum wage, and other New Deal legislation.

    Hamline University
    Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County

    project director: Mick Caouette
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Inventory of Nylander Papers

    Inventory of the Robert H. Nylander Collection of research notes and maps related to the original Iron Work Farm land grant and the extant Jones-Faulkner Homestead and Jones Tavern for a permanent exhibition on the extent and evolution of the Jones and Faulkner land holdings throughout the town of Acton and nearby communities.

    Iron Work Farm In Acton
    Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Anne M. Forbes
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Amherst Survival Center Music Project

    A series of 12 lunchtime concerts at the Center that will feature world music and accompanying lectures about that music.

    Amherst Survival Center
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bob Weiner
    awarded on: 2011-12-09
    amount: $4,764
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Intellectual Seeds: the Bounty of William Sturgis, Past and Present

    Reading and discussion seires sampling the four books most popular with the library's patrons in its inaugural year.

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

    project director: Antonia Stephens
    awarded on: 2011-10-28
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    1704 Raid Printed Walking Tour

    Creation of a printed trail guide to the 1704 French and Indian raid on Deerfield, as seen through the eyes of the various participants.

    Historic Deerfield, Inc.
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Amanda Rivera Lopez
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $4,690
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    TRUTH: A New Folk Opera About the Life of Sojourner Truth

    Three full-scale performances of "TRUTH: A New Folk Opera about the Life of Sojourner Truth".. The opera - which examines the life of this fascinating figure, abolitionist, and suffragist - will occur in the Pioneer Valley and in Springfield and will be accompanied by educational programs for audiences.

    Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda McInerney
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Follow the Thread

    The addition of youth and community engagement programs to "Follow the Thread," a distinctive multimedia exhibit that chronicles the key contributions of the Jewish immigration movement to historic fashion and the ready-to-wear industry. The programs will accompany the exhibit's installation in Lee, Lawrence, and Gloucester.

    Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Jacqueline Cooper
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Historic Newton Underground Railroad Exhibition: Anthony Burns Audio Station

    An interactive exhibit on the conflicts and rioting around the 1854 capture, trial, and extradition of the enslaved Anthony Burns, as part of the reinstallation of its Underground Railroad exhibit.

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

    project director: Melissa Westlake
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $9,964
    Project: Media Grant

    First Down: The Early History of American College Football

    Production of a film trailer for "First Down: The History of American College Football", which will become a four-part series on the subject of college football that also provokes debate on the controversies of sport, race, and masculinity.

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

    project director: Ron Lamothe
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    We Shall Not Be Moved

    Support for the installation of We Shall Not Be Moved, a traveling exhibit that profiles the people and communities embroiled in the current housing and foreclosure crises, and examines the humanistic questions these crises raise.

    City Life / Vida Urbana
    Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kelly Creedon
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    All Access Boston Harbor - Treasures of Spectacle.

    Support for an educational program that teaches the archaeological interpretation of beachcombing, specifically when canvassing for treasures on Spectacle Island, the site of a former garbage dump for the city of Boston and now a park and recreation area.

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

    project director: Bruce Berman
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Paul Cuffe: A Man for All Times

    Support for "Cuffe's Kitchen," an interactive audio exhibit on the life and work of Paul Cuffe, an 18th century whaler of Wampanoag and African-American descent who started the West India Trading Company. Cuffe, who became one of the wealthiest men in the emerging nation, used his power and influence to fight against slavery and for civil rights.

    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Greg Galer
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    City of Champions: A Portrait of Brockton

    A sociological collaboration between students and townspeople that will result in an exhibit of banner-sized portraits of Brockton residents hung in the city center. A written guide authored by local students will accompany the installation.
    (project website)

    Stonehill College
    North Easton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Mary Beth Meehan
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    Social Media for "Never Stand Still"

    Organization of a social media campaign in support of its new documentary on the legendary history of the organization and its influence in the world of dance.

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

    project director: Lisa Niedermeyer
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer

    To help bring Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer, a one-man living history performance, to every fifth grader in the 34 public elementary schools in Worcester. The show introduces students to Thomas, who published the early newspaper "The Massachusetts Spy" and founded the American Antiquarian Society in 1812.

    CultureLeap
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Kristin Bafaro
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The High Notes of Roxbury's Jazz HIstory: An Oral History Project

    An oral history project on jazz in Roxbury and its role in developing several key ideas and tactics that influenced the Civil Rights Movement. This compelling history will be delivered via trolley tours.

    Discover Roxbury
    Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Derek Lumpkins
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Mother of All Strikes: Bread and Roses Strike of 1912

    An interactive, multimedia exhibit on the famous Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. The exhibit will not only analyze the strike but also its longstanding implications in terms of workers' rights, unemployment, unions, and the state of Lawrence today.
    (project website)

    Lawrence History Center/Immigrant City Archives
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Barbara Brown
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Theatrical Events for Cambridgeport History Day

    Development of vignette performances for this year's Cambridgeport History Day celebration on such key themes as immigration, race and ethnic identity, and urban development.

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

    project director: Catherine Zusy
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Events in Celebration of 20th Anniversary of Chinese Historical Society of New England

    a series of lectures and discussions on Chinese-American history and its influences in the region. The series will be supplemented with exhibits of unusual artifacts from the Society's impressive archive.

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

    project director: Nancy Eng
    awarded on: 2011-06-11
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Polish Immigration in Hatfield

    Inventory of documents relating to Polish immigration to Hatfield in the first half of the 20th century.

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

    project director: George H. Ashley
    awarded on: 2011-06-01
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Antislavery Movement in Antebellum Cummington, Massachusetts

    Research in preparation for a 2012 exhibit on the antislavery movement in Cummington.

    Cummington Historical Commission
    Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Carla Ness
    awarded on: 2011-06-01
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    The Cocoanut Grove Fire Materials Research Project

    Inventory of the collections of Charles Kenney and Jack Deady regarding the Cocoanut Grove Fire.

    The Boston Fire Historical Society
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Ted Gerber
    awarded on: 2011-06-01
    amount: $1,500
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Abolition and "Underground Railroad" in Northampton Center in the Collection of Historic Northampton

    Research on a collection regarding the "New Organization" Liberty and Free Soil abolitionists who were active in Northampton Center, with the goal of placing abolition and the "underground railroad" in their proper context for programming.

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

    project director: Steve Strimer
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $3,000
    Scholar in Residence Grant

    Pathways to the Past: Primary Sources for Primary Grades

    Identification of themes that come out of the Society's holdings and North Andover history that match the Massachusetts Frameworks curriculum; those materials will then be made accessible to teachers for use in classrooms.

    North Andover Historical Society
    North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Inga C. Larson
    awarded on: 2011-03-11
    amount: $3,000
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