Shifting Gears

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.
categories: material, web

Still Present Pasts

Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War” is a multi-media exhibit of installation and performance art, documentary film and archival photographs, and oral histories that explores memories and legacies of the Korean War. Embodying life stories of ordinary Korean Americans who experienced the war, the exhibit is a public space of remembering that breaks the silence about a tragic episode in U.S. and Korean history. GRANT DETAILS
categories: exhibit, web

State House Women’s Leadership Project

Mass Humanities initiated the State House Women's Leadership Project in 1995. The first step was to commission a new piece for the State House Art Collection to honor the contributions of six women. A virtual tour of the art work is available on this site; you can view the portraits, read the captions, and learn more about the women honored.
categories: exhibit, web

The Shipwrecks of Boston

A website based on its Boston Harbor Shipwreck Chart and companion book, "Shipwrecks and Nautical Lore of Boston Harbor," including primary source documents and images for each wreck. GRANT DETAILS
categories: web

Scribbling Women

A project of The Public Media Foundation funded in part by a grant from Mass Humanities, dramatizes stories by American women writers for national radio broadcast. This site provides classroom resources for teaching the rich tradition of American literature by women. GRANT DETAILS
categories: teacher, web

Mass Moments

A daily almanac of Massachusetts history on the web, delivered via email, rss feed or podcast. Visitors to the Mass Moments website can choose to listen to a one-minute audio spot or read the script, and then explore the story further by reading a background essay and clicking on a primary source document, links to follow, and places to visit.
categories: web

Mass Memories Road Show

Mass. Memories Road Show is a state-wide digital humanities project that documents Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. Since its launch, the project has gathered thousands of photographs and stories from across the state. Funded over many years through a grant and Mass Humanities partnerships. GRANT DETAILS
categories: web

Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship

In October,1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage with her father, mother, brother, and the ship's crew to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage. It also tells the adventurous history of whaling. GRANT DETAILS
categories: web


Storytelling programs in public high schools enhancing intellectual and public speaking skills and culminating in regional "story slam" competitions. GRANT DETAILS
categories: video, web

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

Discover more than 200 Boston women in a wide variety of settings, occupations, and backgrounds in a series of seven walking tours.

categories: app, walking tour, web

Mount Auburn Cemetery Walking Tour Web App

Mount Auburn Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark, a museum with many unique collections, a botanic garden, a wildlife refuge, and an active cemetery. You can now explore the hills, valleys, ponds and meadows throughout our 175 acres, and experience the stories of history, horticulture, and the lives of those now buried here all from your phone. GRANT DETAILS
categories: app, walking tour, web

Traces of the Trade

In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Mass Humanities funded a discussion version of the film targeted to the educational market. The website has film clips, discussion guides, and a discussion forum. GRANT DETAILS
categories: funded film, video, web

What’s the Big Idea?

A website introducing middle school students to philosophy through film. The website provides middle-school students and their teachers with the opportunity to engage in a range of philosophical discussions on such topics as bullying, lying, and environmental ethics. GRANT DETAILS
categories: teacher, video, web

We Shall Not Be Moved

An on-going multimedia documentary project tells the story of a growing grassroots movement that is using the power of bringing people together to help keep families in their homes after foreclosure. GRANT DETAILS
categories: audio, video, web

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

Mapping Thoreau Country website uses historical maps to organize and interpret images, documents, and information related to Henry David Thoreau's travels throughout the United States. GRANT DETAILS
categories: web

Democracy & Dissent

In 1992, Eugenia Kaledin and other residents of Lexington formed the Lexington Oral History Project to preserve the memory of an important event that a mere 20 years had all but erased. The LOHP’s work led to the prizewinning film Unfinished Symphony, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. When an exhibit on the 1971 antiwar protests and subsequent arrests on Lexington’s Battle Green was indefinitely postponed during the Persian Gulf War, the exhibit evolved into an online compendium of information on the events that rocked Lexington on Memorial Day weekend, 1971. The Democracy & Dissent project catalogues 66 video interviews with veterans, onlookers, clergy, and town politicians. Also noteworthy are transcripts of the Board of Selectmen’s meetings surrounding the Memorial Day weekend protests. It’s easy to imagine any one of the fascinating stories above relegated to the footnotes and sidebars of modern school books. GRANT DETAILS
categories: web

100 Faces of War

Explore the project of oil portraits of American soldiers and civilians who have returned from the theaters of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and their personal statements on the 100 Faces of War website. Mass Humanities funded an exhibition of oil portraits of American soldiers and civilians who have returned from the theaters of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the Springfield Armory Museum; and related programming and materials. GRANT DETAILS
categories: exhibit, web