Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Open Grant

Community Read: Robert Putnam's "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"

Six discussion events of the "Community Read" program centered on Robert Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sean C. Goodlett
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $3,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

In the Time of the Butterflies

An original theatrical production about the Dominican Republic and Dominican immigrants in the United States based on the Julia Alvarez novel "In the Time of the Butterflies."

Casa Cultural Dominicana of Worcester
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Maury Ramirez
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Reaching Audiences Through Bandits & Heroes

An exhibit with enhanced programming that explores cultural syncretism between West African cultures with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to make the cultural mosaic of modern Folk Art of Northeastern Brazil.

Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Honee Hess
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $9,900
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

New City Dreams Project

Day trips to historically important local urban landscapes with students of the University Park Campus school in Worcester.

Preservation Worcester
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Susan M. Ceccacci
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $1,670
Project: K-12 Grant

In Our Own Words

An after-school poetry program-involving translation, history, literary analysis, and discussion, along with a thematic focus on migration-for low-income, multilingual middle-school students.

Clark University
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sarah Michaels
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $6,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

William Bullard: Reimagining an American Community of Color

An exhibit of photographs left by a local photographer that capture issues of African-American migration after the Civil War, citizenship and community membership, and historic race relations in Worcester.

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

project director: Nancy Burns
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
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

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: 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: 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 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
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
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
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: 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: William D. Wallace
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $10,000
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 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: William D. Wallace
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Carnaval!

An exhibit and programs exploring the history and culture of Carnival in eight communities in Europe and the Americas.

Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Honee Hess
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant

Whitin Documentary

A pre-production grant to ValleyCAST for a script and trailer for a documentary about the Whitin family's mills in Whitinsville, MA and the employees in this company town.

ValleyCAST
Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Heather J. Riley
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

Farenheit 451: "If I had to Choose..." and "Who Gets to Choose..."

Two-months of community programming on the history and contemporary role of censorship in our society, using Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" as the centerpiece.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

Non-Violent Movements in the Modern World

A 10-session professional development course for 20 teachers to study primary sources and teaching materials on notable nonviolent movements in the modern world.

Center for Nonviolent Solutions
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Paul S. Ropp
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $10,000
Research Inventory Grant

Photo Digitization and Exhibit

Scanning, inventory, and electronic storage of more than 500 photographs in the Hassanamisco Indian Museum's collection.

Hassanamisco Indian Museum / Nipmuc Nation
South Grafton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: D. Rae Gould
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,500
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

Kennedy to Kent State Programming

A public lecture series that will serve as a companion to an exhibit on conflicts in the United States from 1960 to 1974, such as the Kent State riot, Vietnam, and the women's movement.

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

project director:
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Ancient Identities: Arms and Adornment in the Age of Bronze and Iron

A permanent exhibit on Bronze and Iron Age artifacts from the Mediterranean Basin. The exhibit will include arms and armaments but also everyday items that illuminate aspects of personal identity in the Ancient World.

Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Devon Kurtz
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

North Brookfield Poetry Project

A poetry residency, after-school poetry writing workshops for students, and public readings that will be open to the community.

North Brookfield Jr.- Sr. High School
North Brookfield, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Heather Macpherson
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,500
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 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

Worcester's Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tours

Expansion of the horse and wagan tours training program and hiring of additional students to become living-history guides and perform public education tours about the area using horse-drawn hay wagons.

Canal District Alliance
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Elizabeth Bacon
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Extreme Sport: Jousting Then and Now

An interactive exhibit entitled "Extreme Sport: Jousting Then and Now," which will examine the role jousting had in Medieval times and explore the larger implications of the period's warfare and history. The exhibit features flip-books, virtual activities, and computer learning tools.

Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Jeffrey L. Forgeng
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant

Nonviolent Movements in The Modern World Professional Development Teacher Institute

Teacher training on the history of nonviolent movements. The program will show how such movements advance the cause of human rights and dignity as well as provide educators with tools to create better learning environments in their classrooms.

Center for Nonviolent Solutions
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Paul S. Ropp
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Research Inventory Grant

Coppola Collection Inventory

Inventory of the Coppola Collection of archival materials (1868-1908), a collection newly acquired from the Coppola family that will augment an exhibition at the E.N. Jenckes General Store, the Historical Society's museum.

Douglas Historical Society
East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Pattie McNulty
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Project Grant

Remembering Galileo

Support for the public series, Remembering Galileo, including keynote speaker Dava Sobel.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

The Relics of Rebellion

Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of military objects from the Civil War for a 150th anniversary exhibit.

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

project director: Holly Izard
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $3,000
Project Grant

The Places Poems Make

Support for a workshop for Worcester high school teachers exploring connections between poetry and local history.

Worcester County Poetry Association
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mark Wagner
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $4,750
Project Grant

Remaking Historic House Museums in the 21st Century

A conference where staff, board members, and community leaders will explore sustainable solutions for house museums in the 21st century.

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

project director: William D. Wallace
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Reading Lois Lowry: Discussing Young Adult Literature

A reading and discussion series.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $1,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

John Brown and New England

Programs in Worcester, Concord, and Boston, using Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown" to explore New England support for John Brown in 1859.

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: James D. Moran
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $8,825
Project Grant

Russian Folklore Family Audio Tour

Writing and recording an audio tour linking the museum's collection with Russian folklore and legend.

Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Tara Young
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

"Karski", A Man Who Stood Up to Evil

Marc P. Smith's new play about Polish resistance hero Jan Karski, who tried to stop the Holocaust by reporting to world leaders on the Warsaw Ghetto and the Belzec extermination camp.

Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation, Inc.
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Marc P. Smith
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant

Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel

Reading and discussion program focusing on Jewish adventures in the graphic novel.

Fitchburg State College Library
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sara Marks
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $1,000
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