Past Grants Awarded

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    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

    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: 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

    "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 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

    Making History on the Common

    Support for the annual history day on Boston Common, in which more than 1,000 fifth grade students participate.

    Friends Of Public Garden
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elizabeth Vizza
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $8,000
    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

    Sharing Our Stories: Sharing Our Lives

    Memoir writing workshops for 75 adult basic education students in five western Massachusetts classrooms.

    The Literacy Project
    Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Judith Roberts
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $9,750
    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: 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: 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

    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: 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
    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
    Project: Media Grant

    Good Guy With a Gun: The Arming of America's Teachers

    Development of a trailer and a written treatment for a documentary about the security measure in American public schools of arming teachers.

    Insight Productions
    Marlboro, VT, Windham County

    project director: Kate Way
    awarded on: 2014-12-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare's Shipwreck

    Preproduction of "Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare's Shipwreck," a film project that will trace the life of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins as part of the Center's "Hit and Run History" series.

    Cape Cod Community Media Center
    Dennis Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Andrew G. Buckley
    awarded on: 2014-12-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Creative Spaces: The Preservation, Interpretation, and Future of New England's Historic Literary Sites

    A one-day conference for staff members of New England's literary house museums, entitled Creative Spaces: The Preservation, Interpretation, and Future of Historic Literary Sites.

    Emily Dickinson Museum
    Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Cindy Dickinson
    awarded on: 2014-12-20
    amount: $4,695
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Community Bonds: Life Inside Immigration Detention in Massachusetts

    Documentation of the stories of detained immigrants in six short audio/video pieces and to present those in four moderated community film-and-discussion programs.
    (project website)

    Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

    project director: Christina Mansfield
    awarded on: 2014-12-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    We Are One: Mapping the Road from Revolution to Independence

    An exhibition timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Boston's resistance to the British Stamp Act of 1765, as well as a summer teachers' institute for teachers in the Boston Public School district.

    Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Michelle LeBlanc
    awarded on: 2014-12-12
    amount: $9,700
    Project Grant

    The Great War Theatre Company: Messengers of a Bitter Truth

    Performances of the play, "The Great War Theatre Company: Messengers of Bitter Truth," at Boston area high schools.

    TC Squared Theatre Company
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Susan Werbe
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $3,500
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    The Mr. g Project

    Community humanities programming to complement the play, "Mr g," for underserved youth and young and working adults, including faith-based communities of color.

    Central Square Theater
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Debra Wise
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    The Health of Democracy

    A series of six public conversations, entitled The Health of Democracy, that examine the proper role of government in promoting the general welfare of its citizens as well as shaping and overseeing the nation's social contract.

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

    project director: Patricia Suhrcke
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Young Portuguese Immigrants in Turn of the Century Lowell

    Development and implementation of an exhibit with programming focusing on Portuguese immigration to Lowell, beginning in the early twentieth century.

    Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Frank Sousa
    awarded on: 2014-12-10
    amount: $5,000
    Discussion: Reading Grant

    Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality

    Reading and discussion group centered around the theme of income inequality.

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

    project director: Antonia Stephens
    awarded on: 2014-12-02
    amount: $1,000
    Project Grant

    Women at Work: An Oral History of Working Class Women in Fall River, MA 1910-1940

    Documentation of the oral histories of the working-class life of women and/or their descendants during the 1910-1940 period.

    Fall River Historical Society
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Joyce B. Rodrigues
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    The Golden Door

    Performances of a new musical play on the immigration history of Boston and honoraria for a humanities scholar and panelists for post-performance talk back in three communities.

    In Good Company
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Kay Dunlap
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $3,970
    Project Grant

    Sanford Tavern Archaeology Field Training Program

    A summer school for budding archaeologists from underserved area high schools.

    Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
    Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: John F. Sears
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $4,334
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Religion Refocused

    A partnership with upwards of ten faith-based groups of diverse traditions uniting to host five film-and-discussion events on civics and religion.

    The Pluralism Project
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Elinor Pierce
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $10,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Appalachian Mountain Club Historical Photograph Digitization Project

    Scanning and inventory 1,000 photographic prints of New Englanders enjoying the outdoors between 1930-1950.

    Appalachian Mountain Club
    Charlestown, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Rebecca Fullerton
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Work + House Research and Exhibit Grant

    Research, design, and installation of Work + House, an exhibit focused on workers' housing in the city's industrial past that began with the paper and textile mills.

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

    project director: Megan Whilden
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Public Squared Grant

    James Baldwin Transmedia Project

    A series of six events combining film, live performances, and conversations with community leaders and humanities scholars on Baldwin's life, work, and message of equality.

    Maysles Institute
    New York, NY, New York County

    project director: Karen Thorsen
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $24,990
    Project Grant

    Multi-Sensory Interpretation at Gore Place

    Finalization of improvements to their accessibility measures for sight-impaired visitors, including experiential interpretation, and for a workshop sharing best practices learned from this project.

    Gore Place
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Thom Roach
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    Worcester Revolution 1774

    A county-wide reenactment of the events of September, 1774, when the local British government was overthrown by weaponless militiamen.

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

    project director: Bill D. Wallace
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in a new adaptation.

    Production of two performances of an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" with performances at Springfield Historical Museum and including an educational outreach component to include Springfield youth participants and play development workshops in Greenfield.

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

    project director: Linda McInerney
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Sojourner Truth's Florence

    Transportation of 75 Commonwealth Academy students to Sojourner Truth's Florence abolition and slavery walking tour, which will also be overhauled with streamlined, age-appropriate educational materials and online resources.

    Committee for Northampton, Inc.
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Terrence O'Toole
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $9,248
    Research Inventory Grant

    Gardner's Colony for the Insane: A Story to Tell

    Inventory of negatives and photographs taken at Gardener's Colony for the Insane during the 1950s and 1960s and reproduce them in print for researchers and online for the public.

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

    project director: Elizabeth Hannula
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $1,500
    Project Grant

    Family Reading Program

    A reading and discussion series for fathers and their five-to-nine year olds based on our Family Adventures in Reading program.

    Foxborough Regional Charter School
    Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Karen Harris
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $3,160
    Research Inventory Grant

    Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing Inventory

    Inventory of 12 boxes of artifacts and records from the Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing Company, a significant industry in the town from the mid-1800s into the early 1900s.

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

    project director: Ellen Racine
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

    The A.R.T of Human Rights

    An extensive collaborative program exploring art and human rights, to be held as interactive seminars, theatrical productions and public conversations at the Loeb Drama Center and participating schools and organizations.

    American Repertory Theatre
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Timothy P. McCarthy
    awarded on: 2014-06-20
    amount: $10,000
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