Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Open Grant

Evolution of American Music, Courage and Resistance: A Multi-generational Conversation

A panel discussion-on racial justice as it relates to the evolution of American music-at the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that will be recorded and presented in local high schools.

Blues to Green, Inc.
Huntington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kristin Neville
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $3,000
Project Grant

Exploring the Mill River Disaster, 1874 and Today

Creation of three permanent low-profile interpretive wayside signs, a self-guided brochure, and a digital online "story map" for the site of the 1874 Williamsburg Reservoir Dam disaster.

Town of Williamsburg - Woodland Trails
Haydenville, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Paul Jahnige
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500
Discussion: Open Grant

Ta Voix Poete (Your VOice Poet), by Jean Dany Joachim

Two performances of Jean Dany Joachim's Ta Voix Poete and post-performance scholar-facilitated discussions.

Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $2,275
Scholar in Residence Grant

Inside the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop: Precision Manufacturing on Hatfield's Mill River

Research on the Society's collection of business records, photos, and artifacts from the local machine shop to develop a better understanding of how and why a small precision manufacturing shop, with global connections, grew and prospered in a small agricultural community in western Massachusetts

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

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Minds Made for Stories: Springfield Students Engage Local History Through Narrative Writing

A project including a summer camp for middle-school students and professional development workshops for Springfield teachers,

Western Masssachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Bruce Penniman
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $7,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Transforming this Moment

A series of conversations exploring threats to civil rights and liberties of vulnerable communities, effective responses, and how such threats affect the country's social fabric.

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

project director: Mehlaqa Samdani
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Stories from New Voices: NEPR Media Lab

Three sessions of a free after-school program in journalism, radio/web production, and storytelling for high-school students in Springfield and Holyoke.

New England Public Radio
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Carlos McBride
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $15,000
Research Inventory Grant

A Century of Work: Greenfield Employers and Employees

An inventory of artifacts from three local businesses and explore connections between skilled labor and buying power.

Greenfield Historical Society
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Robin Yerkes
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $1,500
Discussion: Open Grant

"What to the Slave is the 4th of July": A Community Reading and Conversation

A communal and choreographed reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, followed by conversation and musical performance in partnership with Double Edge Theatre.

Charlemont Federated Church
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan S. Purdy
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $1,935
Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

Changing Lives Through Literature Reading Group

Ten Common Good Reads sessions of a weekly reading-and-writing group for probationers, probation officers, and judges on the subject of reentering society from prison

Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Leo Hwang
awarded on: 2016-12-19
amount: $1,500
Discussion: Open Grant

Nursing Ethics at the Heart of Healthcare

A seven-month, ethics-based reading-and-discussion group for bedside care providers on the theme of patient-centered care.

Baystate Health Systems
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Sarah B. Romain
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $2,810
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Sharing Our Stories Through Voice and Performance

Three seven-week memoir-writing workshops serving low-income and immigrant residents.

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

project director: Judith Roberts
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $6,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

The Town Spectacle: Engaging the Heart and History of Ashfield

A project that seeks to engage the public about the history of the town meeting and identity formation through community readings of a related text and a weekend-long cultural fair and theatrical spectacle.

Double Edge Theatre
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Stacy Klein
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $15,000
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

Literature & Medicine

A six-month Literature & Medicine series at the VA Central Western MA Healthcare System in Leeds.

Veterans Education Project
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Leary
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $2,410
Discussion: FAIR Grant

Adventures in Community

A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

Meekins Public Library
Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tim Van Egmond
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant

Literature & Medicine 2016

A facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion sessions for health Professionals.

Baystate Health Systems
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Bridget Gunn
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $1,500
Discussion: Open Grant

Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation

A panel discussion engaging the audience about the local relevance of historical preservation and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

University of MA Press
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Karen M. Fisk
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $2,565
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

The Mountaintop: the Civil Rights Movement and the Social Contract

11 performances of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," seven of which will be followed by audience talkbacks, cast conversations, and a panel discussion with visiting scholars and other outside experts in the fields of civil rights and African American studies.

Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Daniel E. Kramer
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop Collection

Processing of the papers of the Porter McLeod Machine Shop, an industrial company in a town that knows most about its agrarian past, and evaluate its potential for a series of programs, including as part of the HHS core exhibit.

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

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

2016 Speaker Series

Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

Springfield Public Forum
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Michelle Morash
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $7,500
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
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 Grant

Northampton State Hospital Memorialization - A Walking Tour of Hospital Hill

Creation and installation of historical markers for a walking tour at the location of the former Northampton State Hospital.

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

project director: Tom Riddell
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical Inventory

Inventory of research materials collected by various scholars and members of the organization during the past decade or so of pulling itself into being and obtaining a headquarters.

David Ruggles Center
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lisa Baskin
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
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: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Reading Changes Lives

A two-part literature-based workshop series for women incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.

Arise for Social Justice
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Gretchen Krull
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare Festival

Humanities speakers and facilitators for a day-long festival and symposium at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

Hilltown CDC
Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: David S. Perkins
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

"Spirit of Place" Community Event

A day-long community event on the subject of im/migration and a sense of place in Western Massachusetts.

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

project director: Sheila Damkoehler
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
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
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
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
Research Inventory Grant

Reweaving the Social Fabric - Inventorying Leverett's Historical Record

Funding to inventory the Leverett Town Meeting Record and Municipal Archives in order to asses and catalogue town collections for their research potential.

Leverett Historical Commission
Leverett, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Lisa Stratford
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500
Project Grant

Hilltowns History Conference and Fair - Hooked on History

A local history day at Mohawk Trail Regional High School uniting teachers, students, and the public with local history organizations.

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

project director: Sheila Damkoehler
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World

Production of a play by Yussef El Guindi, post-performance talks with the playwright, and a free, public symposium on the role of the arts in challenging stereotypes.

Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $2,900
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Nuestras Abuelas - Our Grandmothers

A bilingual exhibit on Latino heritage created in consultation with Holyoke residents and focused on the relationships of the subjects with their grandmothers.

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

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $6,200
Project Grant

2015 Speaker Series

Support for the 80th season of the speaker series, consisting of five free public lectures.

Springfield Public Forum
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Michelle Morash
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant

The Portuguese Kitchen

Creation of a five-to-twelve minute pilot video about Portuguese cuisine and its history hosted by Manny Lopes of "Cooking with Dad TV."

WGBY TV 57
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Harold Wolfe
awarded on: 2015-06-19
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 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 Grant

Voices from Beyond the Dark: Sharing Historical Understanding Through Performance

11th graders' dramatic reading of the voices of selected human rights leaders in a theatrical performance of "Voices From Beyond the Dark" by Ariel Dorfman.

Four Rivers Charter School
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Durkee
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $2,500
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