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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.  

 
 
Scholar in Residence Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Jacob Whittemore House - A Whittemore Family BiographyMinute Man National Historic Parkmore

Research into the multigenerational Whittemore family.

Minute Man National Historic Park
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Leslie Obleschuk
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,650
Scholar in Residence Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The Cultural Landscape of Herman Melville's ArrowheadBerkshire Historical Societymore

Research into the cultural landscape of Arrowhead, Herman Melville's farm in Pittsfield, during the period of his residency from 1850-1862, in order to better interpret Melville's life and work.

Berkshire Historical Society
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Will Garrison
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,900
Scholar in Residence Grant
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Antislavery Movement in CummingtonCummington Historical Commissionmore

Support for research on the extensive antislavery activity that took place in the small rural hilltown of Cummington during the three decades that preceded the Civil War.

Cummington Historical Commission
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Carla Ness
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $3,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Stirring the Pot: Women in Early MassachusettsPartnership of the Historic Bostonsmore

Funding for the hiring of a consultant to devise and execute a public outreach program for the Partnership's activities to mark the founding of Boston.

Partnership of the Historic Bostons
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wilfred Holton
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Needham, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Public Health Museum Exhibit Redesign & ReinterpretationPublic Health Museummore

Redesign of the museum's gallery spaces using PhD candidates from Harvard's History of Science department to manage the process.

Public Health Museum
Needham, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Sara Lundberg
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
North Brookfield, MA, Worcester County (Central)

North Brookfield Poetry ProjectNorth Brookfield Jr.- Sr. High Schoolmore

A poetry residency, after-school poetry writing workshops for students, and public readings that will be open to the community.

North Brookfield Jr.- Sr. High School
North Brookfield, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Heather Macpherson
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Lincoln, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

A Healing Landscape: Environmental and Social History of the Boston Nature CenterMass Audubonmore

Support for activities that will lead to the inclusion of history into the teaching at the Center, formerly the site of the Boston State Hospital.

Mass Audubon
Lincoln, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Julie Brandlen
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

More Than a Number ExhibitionLynn Museummore

An exhibition exploring local Cambodian refugee culture, Cambodian-American culture, and non-Cambodians during and after the 1975-1979 genocide. The exhibit will address a number of themes: tolerance, acceptance and hope; the meaning of genocide, survival, healing; and re-building.

Lynn Museum
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Abby Battis
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Art in WordsFriends of the New Bedford Free Public Librarymore

10-week after-school program for children that will focus on reading and discussion of books and instruction in drawing and watercolor techniques.

Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jill Horton-Simms
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Coexist and Teaching about Human DignityCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A program designed to engage new audiences in four public high schools to reflect on moral and ethical themes: responsibility to others, the meaning of human dignity, relationships that foster human flourishing, and respect and honor for difference.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Hilltowns History Conference and FairMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

A Franklin County history happening, to be held at Colrain Central School. The daylong event will consist of a free history fair with activities and booths for all ages presented by organizations and individuals from around the county, as well as an indoor history conference with about 20 breakout sessions.

Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan Samoriski
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Generational Legacy ProjectOn With Living and Learningmore

A nine-month project, beginning with a series of workshops for previously incarcerated women, culminating in performances to be produced by the Fort Point Theatre Channel.

On With Living and Learning
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Michael Ricca
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $10,000

Transcription and translation of 20 videotaped oral histories of former and current Franco-American residents of Salem.

Salem State University
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $3,000
Project Grant
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

It Happened Here: Our Towns in the American RevolutionMartha's Vineyard Museummore

A collaborative statewide interactive Web exhibit featuring materials on the Revolutionary War from as many localities in Massachusetts as will participate.

Martha's Vineyard Museum
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Nancy Cole
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

My Farm at Waltham Winter Multimedia Outdoor Tour at Gore PlaceGore Placemore

Production of a mobile device audio/video tour of the grounds of Gore Place in Waltham, the Federal estate of Governor Christopher Gore (1758-1827). Gore used his summer place as a productive farm and as a place to experiment with agricultural methods.
(project website)

Gore Place
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Tamar Agulian
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

How We Live Today: Challenges of GlobalizationCambridge Forummore

Eight public discussions on the ramifications of the global economy, which will also be broadcast via public radio and podcasts. The discussions will focus on global engagement in military, political, and economic terms.

Cambridge Forum
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Patricia Suhrcke
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in HolyokeWistariahurst Museum Association, Incmore

Inventory of the papers of Carlos Vega, one of Holyoke's most vocal and prolific Latino activists.

Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Inventory of Nylander PapersIron Work Farm In Actonmore

Inventory of the Robert H. Nylander Collection of research notes and maps related to the original Iron Work Farm land grant and the extant Jones-Faulkner Homestead and Jones Tavern for a permanent exhibition on the extent and evolution of the Jones and Faulkner land holdings throughout the town of Acton and nearby communities.

Iron Work Farm In Acton
Acton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Anne M. Forbes
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Medford Circa 1855Medford Historical Societymore

Cataloguing of materials relating to Medford during the transitional ante-bellum period, c. 1855.

Medford Historical Society
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Barbara Kerr
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $1,500
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration Planning PhaseBostonian Societymore

An exhibit and public programming on the historical legacy of 1763 Peace of Paris treaty to coincide with its 250th anniversary in 2013. Credited with ending the last in a series of international conflicts known as the French and Indian wars, the treaty shaped the roles of Britain, France, and Spain on the North American continent and is seen as the precursor to the American Revolution

Bostonian Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Donald C. Carleton
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $4,925
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

StoriesLive 2012Massmouth, Inc.more

A series of assemblies and classroom workshops that teach teenagers about public speaking and storytelling techniques, and culminates in a competitive story slam, a live event with judges and prize money for finalists.

Massmouth, Inc.
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Norah Dooley
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Homefront & Battlefield Exhibition ImplementationAmerican Textile History Museummore

An exhibit that will explore the relationship between textiles/textile artifacts and the escalation of conflict during the Civil War and its aftermath. The exhibit will display slave cloth, soldier bandages, and the noose used to hang John Brown, among other key objects.

American Textile History Museum
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Diane F. Affleck
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The TemperamentalsThe Lyric Stage Company of Bostonmore

Two post-performance forums during the run of The Temperamentals, a play about the founders of one of the first gay rights organizations in the pre-Stonewall United States. The grant will also support interactive elements for audiences attending.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Nora Long
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $3,500
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

The Meaning of the Highlands Neighborhood TodayThe Highlands Coalitionmore

An out-of-school program for six to 10 teens that will explore the rich history of the Highlands neighborhood (the one-time home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass), and lead to a video-theatre piece based on oral history interviews with residents.

The Highlands Coalition
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Wendy Joseph
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Amherst Survival Center Music ProjectAmherst Survival Centermore

A series of 12 lunchtime concerts at the Center that will feature world music and accompanying lectures about that music.

Amherst Survival Center
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Bob Weiner
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $4,764

A series of multimedia events on the life of this legendary leader in the fight for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Cynthia Whitty
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $4,643

A podcast and printed tour of African-American sites in the village of Old Deerfield as well as K-12 online lessons that will illuminate the history of local slavery in Old Deerfield.

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Timothy Neumann
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Troilus & CressidaActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

Free public events and participatory programs for diverse audiences pertaining to the production of Troilus & Cressida.

Actors' Shakespeare Project
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lori Taylor
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston Busing/Desegregation Project: Can We Talk?Union of Minority Neighborhoodsmore

A series of public education forums that examine Boston's desegregation history and its current public education needs in order start an informed conversation among various constituencies about public school quality and equality.

Union of Minority Neighborhoods
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Donna Bivens
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Julien Hudson Exhibition; Lecture SeriesWorcester Art Museummore

A lecture series, art history course, children's program, and a series of radio interviews to accompany its exhibit on Julien Hudson. Hudson was an early American portrait painter of African descent who explored race and the South in his work.

Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Honee Hess
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Albany, NY, Albany County

Will We Ever Learn?.. The Struggle for Equality, One Group at a TimeWAMCmore

Three hour-long segments of its morning program, The Roundtable; the segments will explore parallels between various struggles for equality in American history. Interviewees will include such important figures as Anita Hill, Robert Reich, and Alex Keyssar, among others.

WAMC
Albany, NY, Albany County

project director: Joe Donahue
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County

Fire and Ice: The Life and Legacy of Frances PerkinsHamline Universitymore

Development of a trailer for a PBS documentary on the life of Frances Perkins, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor and the architect of Social Security, minimum wage, and other New Deal legislation.

Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County

project director: Mick Caouette
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Intellectual Seeds: the Bounty of William Sturgis, Past and PresentSturgis Librarymore

Reading and discussion seires sampling the four books most popular with the library's patrons in its inaugural year.

Sturgis Library
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2011-10-28
amount: $500
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Isaiah Thomas - Patriot PrinterCultureLeapmore

To help bring Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer, a one-man living history performance, to every fifth grader in the 34 public elementary schools in Worcester. The show introduces students to Thomas, who published the early newspaper "The Massachusetts Spy" and founded the American Antiquarian Society in 1812.

CultureLeap
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Kristin Bafaro
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Historic Newton Underground Railroad Exhibition: Anthony Burns Audio StationHistoric Newtonmore

An interactive exhibit on the conflicts and rioting around the 1854 capture, trial, and extradition of the enslaved Anthony Burns, as part of the reinstallation of its Underground Railroad exhibit.

Historic Newton
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Melissa Westlake
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $9,964

Production of a film trailer for "First Down: The History of American College Football", which will become a four-part series on the subject of college football that also provokes debate on the controversies of sport, race, and masculinity.

Center For Independent Documentary
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Ron Lamothe
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Social Media Outreach Grant
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Social Media for "Never Stand Still"Jacob's Pillow Dance Festivalmore

Organization of a social media campaign in support of its new documentary on the legendary history of the organization and its influence in the world of dance.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Lisa Niedermeyer
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

1704 Raid Printed Walking TourHistoric Deerfield, Inc.more

Creation of a printed trail guide to the 1704 French and Indian raid on Deerfield, as seen through the eyes of the various participants.

Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Amanda Rivera Lopez
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $4,690
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

TRUTH: A New Folk Opera About the Life of Sojourner TruthOld Deerfield Productions, Inc.more

Three full-scale performances of "TRUTH: A New Folk Opera about the Life of Sojourner Truth".. The opera - which examines the life of this fascinating figure, abolitionist, and suffragist - will occur in the Pioneer Valley and in Springfield and will be accompanied by educational programs for audiences.

Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda McInerney
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Follow the ThreadJewish Federation of the Berkshiresmore

The addition of youth and community engagement programs to "Follow the Thread," a distinctive multimedia exhibit that chronicles the key contributions of the Jewish immigration movement to historic fashion and the ready-to-wear industry. The programs will accompany the exhibit's installation in Lee, Lawrence, and Gloucester.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Jacqueline Cooper
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000

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