Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Open Grant

Migration Stories: Reading and Writing Across Borders

A three-session migration-themed discussion project for recent Central American immigrants in Waltham.

Bentley College Center for Business Ethics
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Jane De Leon Griffin
awarded on: 2016-12-19
amount: $1,868
Discussion: Open Grant

Boston's Hidden Secret Spaces

Facilitation of an art and architectural history program for 20-35 residents and staff at retirement/assisted living facilities in Dedham, Concord, and Jamaica Plain on the subject of the hidden sacred spaces of Greater Boston.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Wendy Cadge
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on Stonehurst

Research that will form the foundation for future programs at the summer estate of activist and reformer Robert Treat Paine.

Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,500
Discussion: Open Grant

African Dance and Discussion Series

Revision and improvement to the academic portions of the Kyeza African Dance Project, a dance and discussion series that serves over 100 children each year in the Boston area.

African Cultural Services, Inc.
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Juliet Najjumba
awarded on: 2016-08-12
amount: $3,500
Project Grant

18th Century Social Media

Support for an interactive exhibit that features Revolutionary War era communications systems in comparison and contrast with today's social and communications media in Buckman Tavern, one of the gathering and planning places for the Lexington militia .

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

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny Bruce

Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Robert F. Walsh
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $10,000
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

Are All Men Created Equal: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

A three-part event in Concord including readings of the Declaration of Independence, shared readings of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech, and a facilitated discussion by Professor Kendra Fields of Tufts University.

The Robbins House
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Elon Cook
awarded on: 2016-06-06
amount: $500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

The July 4 Address of Frederick Douglass: A Public Reading

A public reading of the July 4 address by Frederick Douglass on the Newton Centre Green, an event co-sponsored by the City of Newton.

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

project director: Clara Silverstein
awarded on: 2016-06-06
amount: $495
Project Grant

Belmont World Film's Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series

Support for the Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series, featuring international film and documentary premiers and focusing on international cultural understanding.

Belmont World Film
Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ellen Gitelman
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

Norwood Historical Costume Collection

Funding to inventory, evaluate, photograph and re-house their collection of 750 garments dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Materials will be used in a digital presentation of their entire costume collection, an exhibit of WWI era clothing and a planned exhibit exploring the diversity of Norwood's participation in the Great War.

Norwood Historical Society
Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Bryan Burns
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500
Project: Media Grant

VIETNAM: Not the War - The Post War

Creation of a trailer, script, and fundraising plan for a one-hour documentary film by Bestor Cram about the post-war realities in Vietnam and American veterans' ongoing involvement there.

Indochina Arts Partnership
Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: C. David Thomas
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $10,000
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 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: Media Grant

Reflections on Race

Support for a script and trailer for a documentary film about the meaning of race in America.

The Mirror of Race Project, Inc.
Auburndale, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Gregory Fried
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

Robbins House Exhibit Planning & Development Grant

Core exhibit planning for the Robbins House, a home built by the son of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s.

Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Linda Ziemba
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Buckman Tavern Self-Guided Audio Tour

A new audio tour for Buckman Tavern, the gathering place for the Lexington militia before they encountered British soldiers in the first battle of the American Revolution.

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

project director: Alison Falotico
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Civil War Teacher Training Workshop

A three-day workshop to introduce local teachers to the significant Civil War resources at the Center, and work with them in preparing to create lesson plans on the topic.

Framingham History Center
Framingham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Annie Murphy
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Youth Programs at the Royall House & Slave Quarters

Development of a youth curriculum for the museum-which features the only known "slave quarters" in New England-that is tied to the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks for third and fifth grade (when Massachusetts history is taught).

Royall House Association
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

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

Robbins House Interpretive Center Inventory

Surveyal of archives relating to the African-American history of Concord and its neighboring towns from 1750-1787 in preparation for programming at the newly restored Robbins House.

Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Robert Gross
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant

Winn-Adams Family Collection

Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

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

project director: Faith Ferguson
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,498
Scholar in Residence Grant

The Jacob Whittemore House - A Whittemore Family Biography

Research into the multigenerational Whittemore family.

Minute Man National Historic Park
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Leslie Obleschuk
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,650
Project Grant

My Farm at Waltham Winter Multimedia Outdoor Tour at Gore Place

Production of a mobile device audio/video tour of the grounds of Gore Place in Waltham, the Federal estate of Governor Christopher Gore (1758-1827). Gore used his summer place as a productive farm and as a place to experiment with agricultural methods.
(project website)

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

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

Public Health Museum Exhibit Redesign & Reinterpretation

Redesign of the museum's gallery spaces using PhD candidates from Harvard's History of Science department to manage the process.

Public Health Museum
Needham, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Sara Lundberg
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

A Healing Landscape: Environmental and Social History of the Boston Nature Center

Support for activities that will lead to the inclusion of history into the teaching at the Center, formerly the site of the Boston State Hospital.

Mass Audubon
Lincoln, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Julie Brandlen
awarded on: 2012-03-09
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
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: 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 Grant

Stonehurst Permanent Exhibits and Signage Project

Creation of permanent signage that will educate the public about the historic value and significance of Stonehurst, a late 19th-century house owned by well-known reformers Robert Treat and Lydia Lyman Paine. The house and grounds were designed by H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted, respectively.

Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Transforming Norwood: Architect William G. Upham's Contribution to Early 20th Century Norwood History

Research on the architectural style and historical significance of municipal and commercial buildings in Norwood that were designed by architect William G. Upham between 1910 and 1930, in order to interpret their relevance to the town's civic identity and the landscape through public programming.

Norwood Historical Society
Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Patricia Fanning
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $2,952
Project Grant

Henry Wilson Exhibit

Reinvention of the exhibition on the important, but unheralded, abolitionist politician, Henry Wilson. The exhibit will feature new interactive materials and become more accessible to children

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

project director: Jennifer Hance
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

Historic Newton Aboliltion and Underground Railroad Exhibition

Updating of abolitionism exhibit to reflect current scholarship about the Underground Railroad.

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

project director: Melissa Westlake
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $9,844
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant

Thoreau Country: Mapping Henry David Thoreau's Travels in Massachusetts

Support for research and the creation of entries for an interactive online map of Thoreau's travels through Massachusetts.
(project website)

Thoreau Society
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan E. Gallagher
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $3,500
Research Inventory Grant

Beyond the Grave

Cataloging of gravestone inscriptions, conditions, and artwork in the four acre "Old Section" of Vine Lake Cemetery, dating back to 1651.

Vine Lake Preservation Trust
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Rob T. Gregg
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant

Metz Automobiles Materials

Inventory and createion of a finding aid for the Charles H. Metz and Waltham Manufacturing Company collection.

Waltham Museum
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Marie Wasnock
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,500
Scholar in Residence Grant

"In the Course of Their Cultivation"

Transcription of farm journals, contextualize Gore Place farming of the Federal era, and integrate the information into a new farm plan.

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

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

Henry David Thoreau Birthplace: Exhibit Implementation Project

Installation of the core exhibit for the Henry David Thoreau Birthplace, newly preserved and renovated as a "green" building.

Thoreau Farm Trust
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Nancy Grohol
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $4,600
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant

Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Project

Programming to mark the bicentennial of the birth of Margaret Fuller, one of America's foremost nineteenth-century woman intellectuals.

Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Dorothy M. Emerson
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $10,000
Project Grant

The Reverend Hancock's Household: Early Colonial Life in Lexington

Support for planning a 2010-2012 archaeological exhibit at Buckman Tavern.

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

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2009-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Henry David Thoreau Birthplace: Interpretive Planning Project

Support to develop an interpretive plan for the newly-restored birthplace of Henry David Thoreau.

Thoreau Farm Trust
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Nancy Grohol
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

Changing Lives Through Literature

Support for transportation, books, and a meeting for instructors for the alternative sentencing program.

Middlesex Community College
Bedford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Jean Flanagan
awarded on: 2009-09-11
amount: $5,000
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