• through our eyes

    Democracy demands wisdom. Join the Mass Humanities Giving Circle and help everyone in MA draw on the hope and wisdom the humanities can provide.

  • Students study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and writing through our tuition-free, college level instruction in the Clemente Course offered across the state.

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Read with us

We're coordinating public readings of Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July address around the state. Read with us 7/2 in Boston, 7/6 in Northampton, or one near you!

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New grants

We just awarded $47k in grants to support six local history projects and fifteen community discussions across the state. Take a look!

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Find a grant

The next LOI form deadline for Local History Grants and Discussion Grants is June 17.  Take a look at each type of grant and see if it's right for you.

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Featured Grant: Camera Kids

The Mass Humanities-supported documentary Camera Kids follows three Rwandans as they try to understand the roots of the genocide that made them orphans. At its core, the film is exploring the power of storytelling and the humanities to foster understanding.

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EVENTS

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6/26/19 7:00 PM8:00 PM
The Chinese laborers who helped build the transcontinental railroad were one cohort within a multi-generational, deeply rooted, evolving Chinese Ameri...  Learn More
6/27/19 7:00 PM
Join us for a public reading of Douglass's Fourth of July address. Afterwards, Kevin Dua, 2017 MA History Teacher of the Year, will lead a moderated d...  Learn More

Dr. Boylston Experiments with Smallpox Inoculation

On this day in 1721, Boston doctor Zabdiel Boylston took a gamble with his young son's life and inoculated him against smallpox. Puritan minister Cotton Mather had learned from one of his slaves that ...
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