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Explore the Mass Humanities funded projects awarded from 2000 to the present.  Browse by grant type, city, region or keyword.  Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news when grants are awarded.  

 
 
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    A virtual experience of our program, Conference of the Birds.


    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Adding WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility to a new website, and an education portal for teachers and students using humanities materials related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice from our collection and archives.

    Dedham Historical Society
    Dedham, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5

    A bilingual video project aimed at capturing the Lawrence history knowledge held by staff, local historians, and scholars, but not yet digitally documented.

    Lawrence History Center
    Lawrence, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For Combahee’s Radical Call: Black Feminisms (Re)Awaken Boston, an online program about Combahee River Collective and how its work still impacts racial, social, and gender justice.

    Boston Center for the Arts
    Boston, MA

    project director: Wanda Strukus
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    To hire a professional web designer who can train AHS staff and volunteers, and renovate the AHS website so that it can be used as a digital platform to expand public access to AHS local history resources.

    Amherst Historical Society
    Amherst, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,000

    Implementing the digital exhibition of a program celebrating the culture and heritage of the long-standing Massachusetts commercial fishing industry, highlighting women both locally and abroad.

    Massachusetts Design Art Technology Institute
    New Bedford, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    A project to make improvements to ensure that the website, www.paulreverehouse.org, meets WCAG standards, in particular in sections where there is new content.

    Paul Revere Memorial Association/Paul Revere House
    Boston, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the enhancement of online walking tour with the addition of interactive maps, new photographs, and other information as well as redesign for a more digital-friendly layout.

    Boston Women's Heritage Trail
    Dorchester, MA

    project director: Meg Campbell
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5

    For the creation of an online Local History Film Series which will feature rare footage related to the region's history.

    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA

    project director: Alicia Bono
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,900

    An outdoor garden exhibit highlighting our region's horticultural past, present, and future.

    Old Colony Historical Society
    Taunton, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,780

    The Society will streamline brochures of self-guided architectural walking tours of six key districts in New Bedford to create mobile application of the tours of the city's historic neighborhoods.

    New Bedford Preservation Society
    New Bedford, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,900

    The first online web tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

    Emily Dickinson Museum
    Amherst,

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Technology to stream, broadcast and video record programs in the Calvin Coolidge Museum for audiences who can’t or prefer not to attend in person.

    Forbes Library
    Northampton, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,999

    The virtual American Voice in Poetry and Song project explores the American Voice through literature, poetry, spoken word, music, and historical storytelling, featuring Chicago-Renaissance composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, poets Langston Hughes, Myrtle Vorst Sheppard, Maria Howard Weedun, and National Slam Poetry Champion Regie Gibson, and writer Charles Coe.

    Convergence Ensemble
    Boston, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,500

    An online database documenting the free and enslaved People of Color in Marblehead from the 17th century through the 19th century. A robust database system into which documentary evidence and data can be inputted and the public can freely access and search via the Museum’s website.

    Marblehead Museum, Inc.
    Marblehead, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,160

    For the production of an online virtual tour and program of the museums' campus that can be used by schools and teachers unable to come to the museums due to costs or COVID 19.

    Falmouth Historical Society, Inc.
    Falmouth, MA

    project director: Mark Schmidt
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $2,500

    Taking the Classroom to the Streets uses large-scale works of public art in Lynn as the foundation for an innovative, cross-curricular educational experience for Lynn youth, including a coded access website to augment classroom learning so that students can digitally interact with the public art, and virtual reality goggles and stipends for artists to explain the cultural significance behind their work.

    Beyond Walls Inc.
    Lynn, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5

    The Early Stages Conversation Series showcases writers, historians, poets, thinkers, scientists, and more in hybrid events, and there will be a web-based archive of the series.

    Payomet, Inc.
    Truro, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    An upgrade and redesign for the museum's website, including migration of the website to Wordpress and support the addition of additional content.

    Hull Lifesaving Museum
    Hull, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Offer Virtual Field Trips curriculum packages for students in grades 8-12 based on Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms which will explore America's democratic ideals and practice. Also provide Virtual Gallery tours of our new exhibitions for adults.

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    Stockbridge, MA

    project director: Ellen Spear
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the creation of a digital interactive component to an outdoor exhibit telling the story of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians in Berkshire County.

    Sheffield Historical Society
    Sheffield, MA

    project director: Paul O'Brien
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $1,440

    For production of an online version of the "A Changing Way of Life" section of our new permanent exhibit and downloadable discussion guides, as well as QR codes to enable in person visitors to listen to oral history excerpts presented at five listening stations on their cell phones. A variety of audio, video, and still images will enable visitors to explore themes of labor, immigration, the environment, family & community and sea stories.

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,750

    An ongoing comprehensive digital initiative for the purposes of making valuable content available and accessible to the public, educational institutions, partnering organizations, and researchers.

    Cuttyhunk Historical Society
    Cuttyhunk, MA

    project director: Robyn Weisel
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the Digital Native Connections and Ancestral Story Circles project.

    WAM Theatre
    Lenox, MA

    project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the digitization of the Tewksbury State Hospital intake records, which when completed, will be accompanied by a genealogy program, a virtual exhibit, and a website redesign showcasing newly digitized content.

    Public Health Museum in Massachusetts
    Tewksbury, MA

    project director: Ashlynn Rickford
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,985

    For the creation of a digital tour of three of the museum's historic houses and a walking tour of historic Gloucester.

    Cape Ann Museum
    Gloucester, MA

    project director: Miranda Aisling
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,989

    For the development of a widely accessible digital walking tour and virtual visit focused on the little-known story of enslaved and free Black people in 18th-century Deerfield, MA.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA

    project director: Jeanne Sojka
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Phase II of an online virtual tour program about Ayer's historic Sandy Pond Schoolhouse, a National Register of Historic Places site, and Ayer's oldest public building.

    Sandy Pond School Association
    Ayer, MA

    project director: Irving Rockwood
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $800

    For the expansion of the Digital Danvers program to primary school-aged students and their families in Danvers and across the North Shore.

    Danvers Historical Society
    Danvers, MA

    project director: Laura Cilley
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the creation of interactive story maps of two recent Pao Arts Center projects, Inside Chinatown and Love Letters, that will be featured on the Pao Arts Center website.

    Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
    Boston, MA

    project director: Cynthia Woo
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    For the production of a series of interactive online exhibits of historical photos highlighting the culture and landscape of central Massachusetts, framed as a microcosm of the American post-war way of life.

    Photographic Preservation Center
    Cambridge, MA

    project director: Fred Mirliani
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,500

    "Sharing Our Stories: An Interactive, Digital Exploration of Our Lives" is a humanities program for 30 adult literacy students that includes a free, open to the public, online reading and discussion forum that features local authors.

    The Literacy Project
    Greenfield, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Two online exhibits and accompanying gallery talks about the history of the Black community of abolitionists and formerly enslaved in Florence, Northampton, Massachusetts in the two decades before the Civil War.

    The David Ruggles Center
    Florence, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    Improve the Museum's virtual lecture experience with video editing, upgraded streaming capabilities and equipment purchases.

    The Bidwell House Museum
    Monterey, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,650

    An online program on U.S. fascism from the 1930s until today, and how that threat motivated activists and writers to create cultural and political works to counter it. The program will include NAASR's personal archives of Avedis Derounian, aka John Roy Carlson, who infiltrated the Nazi underground and wrote “Under Cover."

    National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
    Belmont, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,980

    A virtual tour of some of the contents, history and families involved with the Shaw Hudson House, with special consideration given to the 1850's office of Dr. Samuel Shaw, a completely intact medical office, with medical equipment and books.

    Plainfield Historical Society
    Plainfield, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,000

    The 2021 Virtual Humanities Program includes live zoom events and video production of “Voices from Somerville” online series, “Faith in a City” event, and online events related to our exhibition, “Penny Chronicles and the Stories They Tell.”

    Somerville Museum
    Somerville, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4

    An online virtual tour of Old North Church and accompanying enrichment materials designed for middle and high school classrooms.

    Old North Foundation of Boston, Inc.
    Boston, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,500

    A virtual exhibition of the upcoming show Many Trails Muhheconeok: The people of the waters that never stand still. A digital platform will enhance the narrative of the exhibition through digital representation of the objects and space on the explore.berkshiremuseum.org website and expands the audience to serve those who are unable to visit the exhibition in person.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $5,000

    The NHS will create and deliver four digital learning modules that will help teachers meet third grade curricular standards and inspire connections to local history among some of Natick's youngest residents.

    Natick Historical Society
    Natick, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $2

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