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Project Grant
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Henry Wilson ExhibitNatick Historical Societymore

Reinvention of the exhibition on the important, but unheralded, abolitionist politician, Henry Wilson. The exhibit will feature new interactive materials and become more accessible to children

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

project director: Jennifer Hance
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000

Audio archive of 175 interviews concerning acclaimed writer and native son, Jack Kerouac. The project will result in a permanent oral history walking tour in Lowell.

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Michael Millner
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Nonviolent Movements in The Modern World Professional Development Teacher InstituteCenter for Nonviolent Solutionsmore

Teacher training on the history of nonviolent movements. The program will show how such movements advance the cause of human rights and dignity as well as provide educators with tools to create better learning environments in their classrooms.

Center for Nonviolent Solutions
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Paul S. Ropp
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Academy of Music School Day SeriesNorthampton Academy of Music, Inc.more

Two performance education programs designed for elementary and middle school children. The programs will be based on the plays" Freedom Train" (on the life of Harriet Tubman) and "Three Cups of Tea" (about Greg Mortenson's mission to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan).

Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Debra J'Anthony
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,726
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Rediscovering the ClassicsSturgis Librarymore

Library reading and discussion program.

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

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2010-12-07
amount: $500
Research Inventory Grant
East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Coppola Collection InventoryDouglas Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Coppola Collection of archival materials (1868-1908), a collection newly acquired from the Coppola family that will augment an exhibition at the E.N. Jenckes General Store, the Historical Society's museum.

Douglas Historical Society
East Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Pattie McNulty
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Boston's GLBT HistoryThe History Projectmore

Documentation and exhibition of Boston's GLBT History, to inventory the records of three transgender-related organizations as part of its Transgender Initiative.

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Andrea Gray
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Scituate, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Textile CollectionScituate Historical Societymore

Organization and inventory its textile collection, assess it for programming use, and identify clothing and accessories that represent styles commonly worn in the 1930s and 1940s. The work will result in an exhibit on the 1930s work of LIFE photographer Hansel Mieth.

Scituate Historical Society
Scituate, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Carol Miles
awarded on: 2010-11-30
amount: $1,500

Discussion guide and publicity to promote screenings of the documentary "Marion Stoddart: Work of 1000."

Documentary Educational Resources
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000

Support for the Historical Journal of Massachusetts' 75th commemorative issue and build a database of articles since 1990.

Westfield State College Foundation, Inc.
Westfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Mara Dodge
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000

Creation of an oral history and photography exhibit about Ipswich during the first half of the 20th century.

Ipswich Council On Aging
Ipswich, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Terri Unger
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Historic Newton Aboliltion and Underground Railroad ExhibitionNewton Historical Societymore

Updating of abolitionism exhibit to reflect current scholarship about the Underground Railroad.

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

project director: Melissa Westlake
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $9,844
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Prison DogsCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Preproduction work on "Prison Dogs", a documentary featuring a program to train service dogs for veterans.

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

project director: Katherine Robinson
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Discovering the Treasures of Spectacle IslandSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

Archaeological day trips to Spectacle Island for urban youth from communities surrounding the Boston Harbor

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

4th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology FairArchaeological Institute of Americamore

Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science, featuring ancient technologies.

Archaeological Institute of America
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ben S. Thomas
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Norfolk, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Scourge of New England: An Oral History of the Norfolk Prison Debate TeamNorfolk Historical Commissionmore

Support to collect, transcribe, archive, and present oral histories of former Norfolk Prison debaters from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Norfolk Historical Commission
Norfolk, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Natasha Haverty
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

African Americans in Rural New EnglandPocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

Creation of a podcast, tour map, and online resources for African American sites in Old Deerfield.

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

project director: Timothy Neumann
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Remembering GalileoFitchburg State Universitymore

Support for the public series, Remembering Galileo, including keynote speaker Dava Sobel.

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Mapping Leather: A Look at Peabody's Industrial PastCity of Peabodymore

Creation of a Google Earth map of the leather industry in Peabody from 1939 through the 1990s, when the industry folded.

City of Peabody
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $3,495
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Boston Book FestivalBoston Book Festival, Inc.more

The hosting of authors at the festival on October 16 in Boston.

Boston Book Festival, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Emily D'Amour Pardo
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

The Popular Romance ProjectFilmmakers Collaborativemore

A documentary about romance fiction and its authors.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie Kahn
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Voices from the PortCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Ten audio segments based on interviews with a variety of workers in fishing and related industries.

Community Economic Development Center
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $9,070
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

A Sailor's LifeUSS Constitution Museummore

A book about sailors in the U.S. Navy to accompany the exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor's Life in 1812.

USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Sarah Watkins
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

There's a Meeting Here Tonight!Revels Incmore

A production about the Hutchinson Family Singers, who shared stages with leaders of the abolitionist, women's suffrage, and temperance movements.

Revels Inc
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kay Dunlap
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Table for 10: The Art, History and Science of FoodFive Colleges, Incmore

A series of exhibitions and lectures about food in Pioneer Valley museums.

Five Colleges, Inc
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kevin Kennedy
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Thoreau Country: Mapping Henry David Thoreau's Travels in MassachusettsThoreau Societymore

Support for research and the creation of entries for an interactive online map of Thoreau's travels through Massachusetts.
(project website)

Thoreau Society
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan E. Gallagher
awarded on: 2010-06-11
amount: $3,500
Research Inventory Grant
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Beyond the GraveVine Lake Preservation Trustmore

Cataloging of gravestone inscriptions, conditions, and artwork in the four acre "Old Section" of Vine Lake Cemetery, dating back to 1651.

Vine Lake Preservation Trust
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Robert T. Gregg
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Holbrook, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Holbrook Photograph CollectionHolbrook Historical Societymore

Inventory of 2,500 photographs of Holbrook from the 19th through the late 20th centuries.

Holbrook Historical Society
Holbrook, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Edna Bowers
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,470
Research Inventory Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Metz Automobiles MaterialsWaltham Museummore

Inventory and createion of a finding aid for the Charles H. Metz and Waltham Manufacturing Company collection.

Waltham Museum
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Marie Wasnock
awarded on: 2010-05-20
amount: $1,500
Resource Center Grant
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Fields Corner Collaborative ToursDorchester Historical Societymore

Training program, walking tour and guidebook to strengthen youth leadership skills.

Dorchester Historical Society
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jeff Gonyeau
awarded on: 2010-04-22
amount: $2,586

Creation of audio versions of the standard House tour in French, German, and Japanese.

House of the Seven Gables
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Amy Waywell
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $4,750
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

CoexistCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Editing of a classroom length version of "Coexist", a documentary about post-genocide reconciliation programs in Rwanda.

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

project director: Adam Mazo
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $10,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

New Perspectives on the History of Redware in Peabody MAPeabody Historical Societymore

Research on and interpretation of the Society's collection of redware pottery for an exhibit in 2011.

Peabody Historical Society
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Heather Leavell
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $2,809
Scholar in Residence Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

The Relics of RebellionWorcester Historical Museummore

Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of military objects from the Civil War for a 150th anniversary exhibit.

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

project director: Holly Izard
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

"In the Course of Their Cultivation"Gore Placemore

Transcription of farm journals, contextualize Gore Place farming of the Federal era, and integrate the information into a new farm plan.

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

project director: Tamar Agulian
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Beverly, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Mohicans in Western MassachusettsTrustees of Reservationsmore

Research into Mohican cultural resources in preparation for reinterpreting the Mission House and Monument Mountain in Stockbridge.

Trustees of Reservations
Beverly, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Will Garrison
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $2,962
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

We Shall Not Be MovedCity Life / Vida Urbanamore

Creation of We Shall Not Be Moved, an exhibit about the Bank Tenant Association.

City Life / Vida Urbana
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kelly Creedon
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Timon ProjectActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

Performances and scholar-led discussions of Timon of Athens for inner city youth and South Boston communities.

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

project director: Lori Taylor
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Pilgrim Father/ Illegal SonChinese Progressive Associationmore

An exhibit juxtaposing the lives of pilgrim William Bradford (1590 - 1657), and an anonymous, undocumented Chinese immigrant now living near Boston.

Chinese Progressive Association
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wen-ti Tsen
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Truro Archaeology, A Hands-On ExhibitTruro Historical Societymore

Installation of a permanent, hands-on exhibit based on the historical society's collection of Native American artifacts.

Truro Historical Society
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Deborah Minsky
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $5,000

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