Massachusetts History

What is it?

Mass HistoryWithout a statewide history organization, towns and historical societies have significant collections in which they collectively archive the history of the people of the Commonwealth. Mass Humanities supports their efforts through the Massachusetts History program by:

  • providing grants to support local historical organizations in working with their collections (Scholar in Residence and Research Inventory grants);
  • organizing an annual history conference on topics of interest to small museums and other historical organizations and people who work with them;
  • facilitating other programming that addresses timely and relevant topics in cooperation with museums or other historical organizations, and seeks to expand and diversify public interest in local history.

Who participates?

Our Mass History constituents are the general public, historical organizations, history scholars, and volunteers.

What does this program do?

Our efforts assist historical organizations in remaining or becoming viable in a networked world.  We communicate aspects of professional public history practice to staff and volunteers in small, local organizations. Our program promotes awareness and cooperation between the various groups, organizations, and agencies that preserve and promote the history of the Commonwealth. Through our own Mass History programming, we deliver high quality Mass history programming to the citizenry of Massachusetts that engages and edifies.

Who funds it?

Mass Humanities funds grants through NEH, MCC, and donations. We support the annual Massachusetts History Conference with a group of partner organizations, donations, and through registration fees.

For more information about the Mass History program, contact:
Jennifer Hall-Witt (413) 584-8440 x102