Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Open Grant

Women's History Month Lecture and Discussion

A program of lectures and discussions to mark Women's History Month, 2017.

Falmouth Museums on the Green
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Mark Schmidt
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
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
Project Grant

Cape Cod Fishing Project

Creation of a theatre piece that will also produce an oral history of the fishing and environmental communities on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Repertory Theater
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Alison Weller
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
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 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: 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: 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
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
Discussion: Reading Grant

Odd Couples: Literary Feuds, Friendships and Falling-outs

A four-part reading and discussion group exploring the works of four pairs of authors who were known to have a complicated relationship with one another.

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

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2013-11-21
amount: $500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

New Voices: Nantucket's Diverse Immigrant Population

A complex and multifaceted oral history project to record the new voices and life histories of recent immigrants to the island.

Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, MA, Nantucket County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Betsy S. Tyler
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Fine Arts Work Center Year-Round Reading Series

Honoraria for visiting authors of national repute and two chartered buses that will be used to transport seniors to readings held at the Center.

Fine Arts Work Center
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Salvatore Scibona
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

Helen V. Manning Archive Inventory Project

Inventory of the archival pictures, research papers, and notes left by Helen Vanderhoop Manning, an Aquinnah Wampanoag leader, historian, and educator.

Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Berta Welch
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,500
Discussion: Reading Grant

Point A to Point B: The Literature of Traveling and Transformation

Reading and discussion program on the literature of travel and transformation.

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

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2012-11-06
amount: $500
Project Grant

It Happened Here: Our Towns in the American Revolution

A collaborative statewide interactive Web exhibit featuring materials on the Revolutionary War from as many localities in Massachusetts as will participate.

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

project director: Nancy Cole
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
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: Social Media Outreach Grant

Hit and Run History: The Columbia Expedition

Creation of a website and social media campaign for its public television series, The Columbia Expedition, which chronicles the exploration credited with jumpstarting the Massachusetts economy after the Revolutionary War.

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

project director: Andrew G. Buckley
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant

Rediscovering the Classics

Library reading and discussion program.

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

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2010-12-07
amount: $500
Project Grant

Truro Archaeology, A Hands-On Exhibit

Installation of a permanent, hands-on exhibit based on the historical society's collection of Native American artifacts.

Truro Historical Society
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Deborah Minsky
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Truro Archaeology: A Hands-On Exhibit

Support for planning a hands-on exhibit based on the society's collection of Native American artifacts, including a portable "suitcase" exhibit.

Truro Historical Society
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Deborah Minsky
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant

Native American Occupation of Pamet River Drainage

Research on a collection of Native American artifacts from the Rose Farm area of Corn Hill in Truro, and provide interpretive material for scholars and visitors.

Truro Historical Society
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Deborah Minsky
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $2,750
Project Grant

Understanding Daily Life in Falmouth

Third and fifth grade curriculum units that use local history materials on colonial life, maritime industry, the War of 1812, and the life of Katherine Lee Bates.

Falmouth Museums on the Green
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Carolyn T. Powers
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

The Minister and Mrs. Satan

An original play about the life of women's suffrage activist Victoria Woodhull, to focus in part on the adultery scandal referred to as the Beecher-Tilton Affair.

Harwich Junior Theatre, Inc
West Harwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Nina Schuessler
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Oral Histories of Aquinnah

A multimedia exhibit featuring a changing selection of oral histories of Wampanoag elders taped during the past twenty years.

Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Berta Welch
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

Elizabeth Islands Shipwrecks RIG

Inventory of the Cutthyhunk Historical Society's collection of materials from local shipwrecks off the Elizabeth Islands.

Cuttyhunk Historical Society
Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Ann N. Conway
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500
Discussion: Reading Grant

Let Me Take You There: Books with a Strong Sense of Place

Library reading and discussion program featuring books with a strong sense of place.

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

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2008-12-10
amount: $1,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

Oral Histories of Aquinnah

Planning for an interactive exhibit of Aquinnah Wampanoag oral histories describing Aquinnah Wampanoag lifeways, history and culture.

Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Berta Welch
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

Liberty and Justice for Some

Series of five documentaries with panel discussions on the theme of "Liberty and Justice for All".

Payomet Performing Arts
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Kevin E. Rice
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $4,000
Project Grant

Historic Lens, Harry J. Sparrow Photographs

Exhibit and lecture on a series of photographs by Harry J. Sparrow from 1911. The exhibit and accompanying lecture will put the photographs into perspective in the history of photography, landscape history, as well as economic and social life in Orleans early in the 20th century.

Orleans Historical Society
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Tamsen Cornell
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $2,500
Discussion: Reading Grant

Adults in Transition: Exploring the Unexpected

Library reading and discussion group at the Sturgis Library

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

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2007-10-25
amount: $1,000
Project Grant

Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship

Development of an online exhibition for children and families to learn about the history of the New England whaling industry and its impact around the world using as its centerpiece the diary of Laura Jernegan, a young girl on a whaling voyage in the mid-1800s.

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

project director: Nancy Cole
awarded on: 2007-09-28
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

Living Off the Land in Falmouth, Then and Now

A trolley tour focusing on Falmouth's agricultural history including a visit to a modern farm and a local community garden.

Falmouth Museums on the Green
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Carolyn T. Powers
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $3,090
Project: Media Grant

Memory Breakdown?

Pre-production funds to support research, consultation with a scholar, and the usage of archival footage for the documentary film "Memory Breakdown?" The film will feature Nina Schuessler, a Massachusetts woman who takes a trip into the unknown and finds the place where her mother's friends were guillotined.

Harwich Port Library Association
Harwich Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Stefan Roloff
awarded on: 2007-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

Linking Communities

A traveling history exhibition and installation of two bronze markers honoring four women from West Tisbury who in 1963 during the years of the Civil Rights Movement, took the great risk of leaving the safety of their homes and traveled to North Carolina to take part in protests against the denial of civil rights to African American people.

African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
West Tisbury, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Elaine C. Weintraub
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $2,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

300 Years of Mapping Orleans and Cape Cod, 1600-1900

Exhibit of antique maps showing how cartographic depictions of the area were used to not only assist with the exploration and trade commerce of the coastal area, but as a marketing tool for prospective colonists from the old world. Guest speakers will discuss the history, interpretation and collecting of antique maps.

Orleans Historical Society
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Tamsen Cornell
awarded on: 2007-03-09
amount: $2,000
Discussion: Reading Grant

Literature in Letters: Four Centuries of the Epsitolary Novel

Reading and discussion program coinciding with a larger year-long series centered around letters.

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

project director: Lucy Loomis
awarded on: 2006-11-07
amount: $500
Project Grant

Abraca O Barco

The production of a 15-minute film to augment the Provincetown Public Library's exhibit of a half-sized replica of the schooner Rose Dorothea.

Town of Provincetown
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Karen MacDonald
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Humanities Solo Historical/Literary Series

A summer series of eleven interactive living history performances.

Payomet Performing Arts
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Jim Cooke
awarded on: 2006-06-09
amount: $3,740
Project Grant

Understanding Ourselves by Looking Back: Falmouth at Work

The publication of articles about industries formerly active on Cape Cod: Ship Building, Whaling, Cranberry Harvesting, Marine Sciences, and Woolens. The articles will be published in the Falmouth Enterprise.

Committee to Encourage Public Art
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Jacki Forbes
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $2,200
Discussion: Reading Grant

Making a Living, Making a Life: Work and Its Rewards in a Changing America

A library reading and discussion series.

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

project director: Lucy Loomis
awarded on: 2006-01-10
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant

Falmouth As a Summer Resort Research Inventory Grant

A study of the families of wealth and prestige who came to Falmouth in the 1880-1920's and who left behind graceful mansions and their family names on the streets, ponds and landmarks.

Falmouth Museums on the Green
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Mary Sicchio
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,000
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