Past Grants Awarded

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Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

Let Freedom Sing: The Songs and The Song-Makers

A scholar-led discussion of civil rights, especially as reflected in American jazz.

The Highlands Coalition
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Michael Palter
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $500
Discussion: Civil Rights Grant

Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower

The 7th annual communal reading of "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave?" on July 4th. Evening entertainment will include musical and dance performances, spoken word, and fireworks.

New Lynn Coalition
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $500
Project Grant

Photos de Nosotros

A youth-led community development project investigating identities in Lawrence through research, photography, and documentation.

Lawrence Community Works
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Anna Elzer
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $6,095
Project Grant

Life and Labor at The House of the Seven Gables Over Four Centuries

An exhibition, a lecture series, and a series of Community Conversations related to the impact of labor, servitude, and slavery over four centuries.

House of the Seven Gables
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Open Grant

Browsing Through Birke's: A Documentary Film About a Family, a Clothing Business, and the Legacies of Genocide

A film screening and discussion on the nature and meaning of immigrant and refugee resiliency.

Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Sheila Kirschbaum
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $3,280
Discussion: FAIR Grant

Family Adventures in Reading at Community Day

A six-session FAIR series with storyteller Nicolette Nordin Heavey.

The Community Group
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Manuela Su
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $3,000
Research Inventory Grant

Defining Our History - Creating a Catalog of Amesbury Carriage Museum Collections

Creation of a catalog their collection of carriages and sleighs as part of establishing a professional framework for their collection and developing an interpretive focus on the material culture of Amesbury.

Amesbury Carriage Museum
Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: John W. Mayer
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $2,000
Discussion: Open Grant

One Author, One Community (Reading and Discussing Works by Jacqueline Woodson).

A reading and discussion series for children and adults on the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

North Andover Public Schools
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Lorene Marx
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Discussion: FAIR Grant

Family Adventures in Reading at the Parthum Elementary School

A six-session Family Adventures in Reading series meeting on Tuesday evenings.

Parthum Elementary School
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Tricia Hand Seery
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,000
Research Inventory Grant

Squam Life: Lasting More Than a Day

Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

Annisquam Historical Society
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Project Grant

Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford Museum

Planning for a new core exhibit for the museum on the subject of local history.

Westford Museum
Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

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

The Valiant

Inventory of six folders of ephemera and other materials about the community effort to build and launch the Valiant, the last fishing vessel that was built by a fishing family in their back yard in Nahant, between 1955 and 1965.

Nahant Historical Society
Nahant, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Bonnie D'Orlando
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

6th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower Park

A communal reading of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech as part of an Independence Day themed festival co-sponsored by the City of Lynn.

Haitian Action Orphans Mission
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2016-06-06
amount: $500
Project Grant

Processes: A Lecture Series on the Social Impact of Contemporary Photography

A three-lecture series about the relationship between photographic processes and the "truth" in photography.

Newburyport Clean Tech Center
Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Asia Scudder
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $3,360
Project Grant

Touching Home in China: Curriculum for Educators

Distribution of a curriculum to accompany the film "Touching Home in China," including videos, trainings, and presentations about Chinese history and culture.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Melissa Ludtke
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

Reel Talk Film Series: Conscious Consumers

A public film series, focused on issues relevant to the local Lawrence community.

Lawrence Community Works
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Jared Ravreby
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $3,300
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

150 Years of Caroline Emmerton: Celebrating a Legacy

A series of lectures and community conversations marking the 150th birthday of founder Caroline Emmerton.

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

Competing Notions for a Common Good

A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider contemporary anti-Islam rhetoric in larger historical contexts.

M.G. Parker Memorial Library
Dracut, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Nanci M. Hill
awarded on: 2016-03-01
amount: $1,000
Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant

Common Good Reads Discussion Series

A Common Good Reads discussion series that will cover texts that ask participants to consider the relationship between diversity, culture, migration, and the social contract.

Peabody Institute Library
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Kelly R. Unger
awarded on: 2016-02-05
amount: $1,500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Reclaiming Urban Renewal - Community Efforts and Impacts in Lawrence MA

Planning and implementation of a one-day symposium on the effects of federal and state urban renewal programs on Lawrence and other industrial cities.

Lawrence History Center/Immigrant City Archives
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

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

Squam: An Intimate History

Funding to inventory, photograph, and index 39 family albums and scrapbooks made by village residents from pre- civil war time on. Selected albums will be featured in an upcoming exhibit about what life was like for families in the village during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Annisquam Historical Society
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500
Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

5th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower Park

Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

New Lynn Coalition
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $500
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Exploring Effective Interpretation of Northern Slavery and its Legacies

A one-day symposium familiarizing regional historic and cultural resource organizations with the history and legacy of slavery in the north and helping them develop programming and materials.

Essex National Heritage Commission
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Beth Beringer
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $4,630
Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

Lowell's Irish Problem: The Town Vote to Establish a School for the Irish

Production of a 3-minute film that is to provide background for Tsongas Center interactive civic activity that focuses on immigration.

Tsongas Industrial History Center
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

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

Lowell's "Irish Problem:" The Town Vote to Fund a School for the Irish

Production of a short film about historical discrimination against the Irish in Lowell. Lowell's "Irish Problem": The Town Vote to Fund a School for the Irish will be incorporated into fourth grade curricula.

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Kristin Gallas
awarded on: 2013-12-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant

"The American Media Revolution" Archival Collection

An on-line exhibit and archive of images, film clips and sound files related to the early years of WBCN FM in Boston and protest movements on Boston Common.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Bill Lichtenstein
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant

City of Lowell Division of Planning & Development Collection

Preservation of the City of Lowell Division of Planning and Development Collection.

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Martha Mayo
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $1,500
Project Grant

Harvest of Voices - Cuentos de Lawrence

A community-based oral history/musical theatre project drawn from personal interviews within the Latino community in Lawrence, collected by Spanish-speaking students at Merrimack College, and dramatized by playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez.

Merrimack College
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Joseph Kelley
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

CAM Connections

Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester will bring reproductions of regional landscape paintings from the Museum collection to seniors in care facilities in and around Gloucester, and also to support field trips for these seniors to the museum.

Cape Ann Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Peggy Cahill
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $10,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Hawk Valley Farm - 350th Anniversary of the First Settlement North of the Merrimack River

Research into and documentation of the land use history of Hawk Valley Farm (1664), a five-acre conservation property that is still occupied by the descendants of the settlers.

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Jane Calvin
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $3,000
Discussion: Reading Grant

Jack Kerouac Reading and Discussion Series

Reading and discussion series focusing on books by Jack Kerouac.

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Sara Marks
awarded on: 2012-12-21
amount: $1,000
Project Grant

Making Media Now Conference Panel

A panel at the "Making Media Now," conference, that will offer insights and best practices to filmmakers on developing the most productive working relationships between humanities scholars and documentary filmmakers.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Kathryn Dietz
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,200
Project: Media Grant

Co-op City

A documentary about the largest rent strike in American history, which took place in order to keep housing costs down in the Bronx. The planned film offers a powerful parable to today's housing controversies.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Sarah Colt
awarded on: 2012-06-08
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant

Understanding Islam

Reading and discussion program aimed at helping the general reader to explore the roots of Islam through a variety of texts.

Boxford Town Library
Boxford, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Nanci M. Hill
awarded on: 2012-04-04
amount: $500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

More Than a Number Exhibition

An exhibition exploring local Cambodian refugee culture, Cambodian-American culture, and non-Cambodians during and after the 1975-1979 genocide. The exhibit will address a number of themes: tolerance, acceptance and hope; the meaning of genocide, survival, healing; and re-building.

Lynn Museum
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Abby Battis
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant

Salem's Franco-American History: Transcribing, Translating and Developing Thematic Guide to Oral History

Transcription and translation of 20 videotaped oral histories of former and current Franco-American residents of Salem.

Salem State University
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $3,000
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