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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.  

 
 
Project: Media Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Yankees Fight the KaiserUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Archival research and the acquisition of WWI footage shot by the US Army Signal Corps for a documentary.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Ed Klekowski
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little RockTheatre Espressomore

"The Nine Who Dared: Crisis in Little Rock" an interactive play for middle and high school students about the desegregation crisis of 1957, presented at the John Adams Courthouse.

Theatre Espresso
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Derek Nelson
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
New York, NY, New York County

Harvard's Black 17Independent Production Fundmore

Trailer and script for "Harvard's Black 17", a documentary film about the African-American men enrolled in the class of 1963 under Harvard's first program of affirmative action.

Independent Production Fund
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Kent Garrett
awarded on: 2009-06-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

"Karski", A Man Who Stood Up to EvilWorcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation, Inc.more

Marc P. Smith's new play about Polish resistance hero Jan Karski, who tried to stop the Holocaust by reporting to world leaders on the Warsaw Ghetto and the Belzec extermination camp.

Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation, Inc.
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Marc P. Smith
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

100 Faces of War ExperienceVeterans Education Projectmore

An exhibition of oil portraits of American soldiers and civilians who have returned from the theaters of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the Springfield Armory Museum; and related programming and materials.

Veterans Education Project
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Matthew Mitchell
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil WarSpringfield Museumsmore

An exhibit about the fight over slavery as it played out in Springfield, including the role of the African-American community, John Brown and the arms industry.

Springfield Museums
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Kay Simpson
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $9,950
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Sail Massachusetts 2009 Tall Ships Youth InitiativeSave the Harbor/Save the Baymore

Educator stipends and printed program materials for Massachusetts youth visiting the Boston waterfront to view the tall ships festival this summer.

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

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Oral Histories of AquinnahAquinnah Cultural Centermore

A multimedia exhibit featuring a changing selection of oral histories of Wampanoag elders taped during the past twenty years.

Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Berta Welch
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Vietnam: A Television HistoryWGBH Educational Foundationmore

A public symposium centered on part of a PBS series on the Vietnam War. The discussion will be filmed and made available on the Web.

WGBH Educational Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Evie Kintzer
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Roxbury K-12 Education ResidencyActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

A partnership centered on a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Hibernian Hall involving eight Roxbury schools and organizations serving at-risk youth.

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

project director: Lori Taylor
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

We, the PeoplesMassachusetts Archaeological Societymore

A hands-on, primary source teacher education program on Native American history that utilizes artifacts from the Robbins Museum, and allows participants to design their own curricula.

Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Mary T. Concannon
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Sailors Speak Promotional Campaign PackageUSS Constitution Museummore

The launch of the museum's new identity and permanent core exhibit, which will use the words of "Old Ironsides" crew members of to convey life at sea during the War of 1812.

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

project director: Anne G. Rand
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Boston Harbor Shipwreck WebsiteHull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.more

A web site based on its Boston Harbor Shipwreck Chart and companion book, "Shipwrecks and Nautical Lore of Boston Harbor," including primary source documents and images for each wreck.

Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Victoria Stevens
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Rediscovering Hawley's Old Town CommonSons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.more

A historic site at the location of the old Town Common to be created by adding paths and signage as well as stabilizing cellar holes and dug wells that surrounded the old Meetinghouse.

Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Raymond L. Gotta
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Massachusetts Lafayette DayMassachusetts Lafayette Societymore

Public humanities programming on Lafayette Day, including a reenactment of the welcoming speech given the Revolutionary War hero Marquis in 1824, in the Senate Chamber, and other ceremonies and reenactments involving D-Day veterans.

Massachusetts Lafayette Society
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Alan Hoffman
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $4,000
Project Grant
Scituate, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Minot's Light Traveling ExhibitScituate Historical Societymore

A pair of traveling exhibits on the history of the Minot Ledge Lighthouse and the story of the underwater archaeological search for its remains.

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

project director: Robert S. Michelson
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
West Harwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

The Minister and Mrs. SatanHarwich Junior Theatre, Incmore

An original play about the life of women's suffrage activist Victoria Woodhull, to focus in part on the adultery scandal referred to as the Beecher-Tilton Affair.

Harwich Junior Theatre, Inc
West Harwich, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Nina Schuessler
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Understanding Daily Life in FalmouthFalmouth Historical Societymore

Third and fifth grade curriculum units that use local history materials on colonial life, maritime industry, the War of 1812, and the life of Katherine Lee Bates.

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

project director: Carolyn T. Powers
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Finding Voices in the SilenceForest Hills Educational Trustmore

Identification and research of African Americans buried at Forest Hills and incorporation of the findings into a walking tour.

Forest Hills Educational Trust
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cecily Miller
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

The 19th Century Westport Woman: Exploring her Life through her ClothesWestport Historical Societymore

Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of clothes used by women in the rural community of Westport during the nineteenth century.

Westport Historical Society
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Native American Occupation of Pamet River DrainageTruro Historical Societymore

Research on a collection of Native American artifacts from the Rose Farm area of Corn Hill in Truro, and provide interpretive material for scholars and visitors.

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

project director: Deborah Minsky
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $2,750
Scholar in Residence Grant
Sunderland, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

North Sunderland and the Connecticut RiverSunderland Historical Commissionmore

Research on North Sunderland's relation to the natural resources of the Connecticut River, incorporating insights from natural and environmental history in a historic tour.

Sunderland Historical Commission
Sunderland, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda Lopatka
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $2,862
Research Inventory Grant
Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Elizabeth Islands Shipwrecks RIGCuttyhunk Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Cutthyhunk Historical Society's collection of materials from local shipwrecks off the Elizabeth Islands.

Cuttyhunk Historical Society
Cuttyhunk, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Ann N. Conway
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

California Dreamin' RIGPioneer Valley History Networkmore

Inventory of artifacts and documents in public collections across the three counties of the Pioneer Valley related to Valley residents who journeyed to California as part of the California Gold Rush.

Pioneer Valley History Network
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Margaret Humberston
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Five Generations of the Ellis FamilyWestwood Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Ellis Family collection, a recent donation of 200 items from the Ellis Family of Westwood, to be used as the basis for a major exhibition at the Westwood Historical Society in the fall of 2009.

Westwood Historical Society
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: John L. Pritchard
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Pixapedia-Immigration ProjectCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Production of a short web film template and launch of a website focusing on the needs of immigrants seeking citizenship in the United States.

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

project director: James Rutenbeck
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Draft and DemocracyCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production of a two-part documentary telling the story of the military draft. Project treatment, full proposal and a promo.

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

project director: Christine Herbes-Sommers
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Working Waterfront Interpretive ProgramGloucester Maritime Heritage Museummore

Support of various programs related to "Fitting Out," a new exhibit focusing on the shoreside industries that supported the local fishing fleet circa 1900. Includes production of a training packet for docents, equipment design for docent use, production of an activity guide and the organization of a lecture series.

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Harriet Webster
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Extending the Life of "A Little Rebellion"Calliope Film Resources, Inc.more

Conversion to DVD of the educational video production "A Little Rebellion Now and Then".

Calliope Film Resources, Inc.
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Randall Conrad
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

The 2009 Lowell Film FestivalCultural Organization of Lowellmore

Two-day festival of both feature and documentary films dealing with the impact of globalization on garment production and the production and distribution of food, as well as globalization's impact on issues involving labor and women. Includes film screenings, panel discussions and a fair trade market.

Cultural Organization of Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Suzz Cromwell
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $5,000

Original musical theater production about immigrants to America in 1907. Two public performances and five school programs.

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

project director: Kay Dunlap
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $3,415
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

The Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book & CD ProjectLight of Cambodian Childrenmore

Publication of a bilingual Cambodian Refugee Poetry & CD Project.

Light of Cambodian Children
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Samkhann Khoeun
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Craft in AmericaFuller Craft Museummore

A multi-faceted journey into the origin and continuation of American craft traditions.

Fuller Craft Museum
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Gretchen Keyworth
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Reinterpreting the Sargent House: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Female RightsSargent House Museummore

Consultation and programming for an idea based interpretation of Judith Sargent Murray, a writer who championed equal eductaion and "female" rights in her pioneering essay "On the Equality of the Sexes."

Sargent House Museum
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Barbara Silberman
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $9,070
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Struggle BabyCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production of a film about five children of 60's and 70's social just activists.

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

project director: Bernardine Mellis
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $8,650
Research Inventory Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Royall Family Correspondence - RIGRoyall House Associationmore

Inventory of the sources of contemporary information about the Royall family's correspondence at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Royall House Association
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Rosemarie Woods
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $1,500

Production of a book of photographs and essays documenting the history of Colonial Meetinghouses in New England. Accompanying travel exhibition.

University Press of New England
Lebanon, NH, Grafton County

project director: Phylliss D. Deutsch
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Paper Mills Documentary ProjectPaper Town Projects, Inc.more

Creation of a trailer and script treatment for the Paper Mills Documentary Project.

Paper Town Projects, Inc.
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Judith Monachina
awarded on: 2008-12-12
amount: $9,650
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Let Me Take You There: Books with a Strong Sense of PlaceSturgis Librarymore

Library reading and discussion program featuring books with a strong sense of place.

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

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2008-12-10
amount: $1,000
Proposal Development Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Light of Cambodian Children Proposal DevelopmentLight of Cambodian Childrenmore

Requested funds will be used to pay for an English editorial service for the bilingual Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book & CD Project to make sure the proposal has proper English language syntax, clear objectives, achievable measurable outcomes, and is in line with the mission of Mass Humanities and the sponsoring agency.

Light of Cambodian Children
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Samkhann Khoeun
awarded on: 2008-09-25
amount: $500

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