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Past Grants Awarded

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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    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

    A Community Curator Fellow will oversee virtual community outreach with Boston’s Black LGBTQ community. The fellow will hold Zoom-based focus groups, solicit feedback and submissions to a timeline of Black LGBTQ history, and create a guide for undertaking community outreach activities remotely.

    The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston
    Boston, MA

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

    To virtually present the 2021 Juneteenth Festival, providing our audiences with a virtual option, particularly the elderly and disabled, for future Festivals.

    Black Heritage Festival Committee
    Worcester, MA

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

    Design virtual workshops and adapt study guides supporting our virtual “Road to Tolerance” program for students in Boston Public Schools.

    Theatre Espresso
    Jamaica Plain, MA

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

    The Virtual Naumkeag Settlers to Salem Shippers education program will be a virtual education program available for students in grades 2-5 learning about colonial life.

    The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
    Salem, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,367

    Developing and implementing a vibrant digital volunteer program at Hatfield Historical Society, including Humanities input, staff and volunteer training, and the planning and creation of digital platforms to engage volunteers both now, during the COVID pandemic, and in the future.

    Hatfield Historical Society
    Hatfield, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,449

    Support for the acquisition of equipment needed to record, edit, and audio engineer productions for the Cape Symphony Digital Outreach Project, which will enable us to capture and develop the Symphony’s humanities-related programming and redirect it to a live-stream feed, or to record content for post-performance production for permanent online posting and distribution.

    Cape Arts & Entertainment (DBA Cape Symphony)
    Hyannis, MA

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

    The “Talented Ten” speaker series will host professionals in the community to discuss various topics of interest with a virtual public audience.

    Union of Minority Neighborhoods
    Boston, MA

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

    A webinar series highlighting historically significant artistic relationships between artists from communities that have experienced systemic inequities in the Pioneer Valley.

    Valley Arts Mentors
    Holyoke, MA

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

    Creating a web site enabling the museum to display and describe a collection of Lusophone artifacts which will include photographs, artwork, artifacts relative to the unique cultural complexities of Cape Cod's Portuguese speaking community: Cape Verdean, Azorean, Brazilian and main land Portuguese.

    Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Inc
    East Falmouth, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $2,810

    An online virtual tour of 5 exhibits presented by Westford Academy Museum club members (students from the local public high school) presenting virtual tours to third graders.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $1,725

    Digital resources that will share humanities content from the landmark exhibition Titian Reunited: Women, Myth, and Power via the Gardner website and social media.

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Boston, MA

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

    The Digital Accessibility for Historic Photos and Documents will digitize and publish the Historical Society's collection of more than 25,000 photos and digital preservation of history texts by mid-20th century FHS Director Librarians Barbara Cushing Crocker and Eleanora West.

    Fitchburg Historical Society
    Fitchburg, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,100

    A natural and cultural history video project highlighting the ecology and cultural history of the land at Tamarack Hollow.

    Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center
    Windsor, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $4,625

    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

    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 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: $3,540

    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

    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

    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: $5,000

    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: $5,000

    An online exhibit on the role of Thomas Reynolds, head gardener and estate superintendent, in the creation of Edith Wharton’s acclaimed gardens.

    Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc.
    Lenox, MA

    project director:
    awarded on: 2021-03-26
    amount: $3,050

    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: $2,500

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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 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 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

    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

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