In 1986, Mass Humanities launched its first major statewide project, in partnership with the Heritage State Parks, that focused on six once prosperous manufacturing communities and provided residents with a powerful record of their hometown memories though the lens of the ever-changing nature of work in Massachusetts. The project placed scholars-in-residence in six once-prosperous manufacturing centers to work with local groups to examine the values associated with different kinds of work and their role in determining individual and community identity. Oral history interviews from Gardner, Lawrence, North Adams, Blackstone River Valley, and Holyoke have now been transcribed and are available online.
A free curriculum packet produced in connection with the State House Women's Leadership Project. Designed primarily for middle- and high-school students, the curriculum was developed by the Mass Humanities and the Tsongas Industrial History Center at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell.
The Boston Nature Center, with the help of Mass Humanities, embarked on an extensive history project to tell the diverse and rich story of the land they now steward. The resulting book, A Healing Landscape: Environmental and Social History of the Site of Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center by historian Steven Pavlos Holmes, Ph.D., tells the stories of the people who have lived and worked on the land over the past two centuries—including early farming families, a Revolutionary war soldier, pioneering birdwatchers, the residents and staff of the Boston State Hospital, and, of course, the Clark Cooper Community Gardens and Mass Audubon. GRANT DETAILS