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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: 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
Project Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Jacksons and Their HomesteadNewton Historical Societymore

Planning and design of an exhibit to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the Jackson Homestead.

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

project director: Susan Abele
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Boston Muslim Film FestivalAmerican Islamic Congressmore

Festival of films examining artistic expression in the face of censorship. The festival aims to engage the general public on developments in the Muslim world with free screenings, expert presenters and live performances.

American Islamic Congress
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lauren Murphy
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $4,555
Project Grant
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Holyoke's Memory BookWistariahurst Museum Association, Incmore

Creation of an oral history component for the online collection of Holyoke's history. The component will provide a training session on how to conduct oral history interviews, a library of oral history texts, oral history opportunities for classrooms and the opportunity for applicatns to collect digital oral histories from institutions such as Holyoke's Soldier's Home.

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

project director: Kate N. Thibodeau
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Taking History Home: The Shays' Rebellion Interactive ExhibitSpringfield Technical Community Collegemore

Development of an interactive museum exhibit designed to connect people to the constitutional significance of the Springfield Armory Historical site. The exhibit will use the Springfield Technical Community College's Shays' Rebellion & the Making of a Nation: from Revolution to Constitution website as the centerpiece.

Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Arlene Rodriguez
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Great DecisionsFive Colleges Learning in Retirementmore

Public lecture series and forum taking place over five weeks focusing on American foreign policy issues.

Five Colleges Learning in Retirement
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Roger Coulombe
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $4,090
Project Grant
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

One Town Many Cultures Film SeriesInterfaith Action, Inc.more

Multicultural film series held at the Sharon Public Library. Each of four evenings will feature a popular film about the struggle between traditional family values and modern society in a different ethnic or religious group represented in Sharon. A discussion by a scholar will precede each film to provide a cultural and historic context for the movie and to connect these themes to our present day lives among neighbors from different religious and cultural backgrounds. One or two local residents will also share their personal experience as they relate to the movie themes.

Interfaith Action, Inc.
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Beth Hoke
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Oral Histories of AquinnahAquinnah Cultural Centermore

Planning for an interactive exhibit of Aquinnah Wampanoag oral histories describing Aquinnah Wampanoag lifeways, history and culture.

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

project director: Berta Welch
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Beyond Affliction, The Disability History ProjectStraight Ahead Picturesmore

Re-versioning of a substantial volume of website materials first developed for the award-winning radio series to become an audio-visual online exhibition.

Straight Ahead Pictures
Conway, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Laurie Block
awarded on: 2008-09-12
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

As Nutayunean - We Still Live HereCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production of a documentary film tentatively called "As Nutayunean," a Wampanoag phrase meaning "we still live here". This is a powerful statement from people who are thought by many to be extinct. The film centers on Jessie Little-Doe, a woman of indomitable spirit who has accomplished the unprecedented feat of reviving a language with no native speakers.

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

project director: Anne Makepeace
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic NovelFitchburg State College Librarymore

Reading and discussion program focusing on Jewish adventures in the graphic novel.

Fitchburg State College Library
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sara Marks
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Westport Historical Society Costume and TextileWestport Historical Societymore

Inventory of 10-12 boxes of the costume and textile collection of the Westport Historical Society with reference to themes in Westport local history as well as national issues such as the civil war.

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

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

RIG: Pioneer Valley FarmingHadley Farm Museummore

Support for partial inventory of core collection. Frank White will pick, inventory and mark 60 core artifacts directly associated with up to three themes in the development of farming in the Pioneer Valley from subsistence to industrial farming. The report and catalog will be used to develop a mission statement and create one and five-year programming plans.

Hadley Farm Museum
Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Tom West
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $1,970
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Life and Times of Li'l Abner and Al CappCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production of a 90 minute historical documentary film about the Al Cap, creator of the long-running comic strip Li'l Abner (1934-1977).

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

project director: Caitlin Manning
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000Documentary Educational Resourcesmore

Pre-production of a feature documentary chronicling the story of a small town Massachusetts housewife who, in the 1960's, single-handedly led the charge to clean up the Nashua River, one of America's ten most polluted rivers.

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

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Immigrant City: Youth Storytelling ProjectThe Welcome Projectmore

A six-week summer program for youth ages 13-17 at the Mystic Public Housing Development. Participants will engage in learning photography, interviewing and story-telling skills that will enable them to tell the story of immigrant groups in Somerville. Participants will also explore the experiences of other immigrant youth around the United States through literature and film and engage in a dialogue about the impact they can have as immigrant youth in bringing about change in their community.

The Welcome Project
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Maria A. Landaverde
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $4,382
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Fitchburg, MA, Worcester County (Central)

H.M. Frances Project: Walking Tour & BrochureFitchburg State Universitymore

Development of a walking tour and creation and printing of an accompanying guide to identify H.M. Francis buildings city wide.

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

project director: Mary C. Durling
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $6,700

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