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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
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
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
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

2nd Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology FairArchaeological Institute of Americamore

Archaeology fair at the Museum of Science in October. There will be a variety of hands-on activities presented by specialists. Presenters include archaeologists, historians, and museum educators and interpreters. Participants will receive take-home resources and materials including information about the AIA and MOS' resources for students and educators.

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

project director: Ben S. Thomas
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Double VPocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

An oral history project in collaboration with the Veterans Education Project in Amherst that will hold public presentations and provide on-line access. The project is focused on the experience of local African American World War II veterans and home front workers and their struggles for social justice during and following the war.

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

project director: Timothy Neumann
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

Traces of the Trade: Discussion VersionSan Francisco Film Societymore

Creation of a discussion version of the film, Traces of the Trade. This shorter version will be targeted to the educational market .

San Francisco Film Society
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Katrina Browne
awarded on: 2008-06-13
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

Performances of the play for Boston Public School middle school students followed by discussion.

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

project director: Derek Nelson
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

The RivalryAcademy at Charlemontmore

Mounting and professional presentation of "The Rivalry" by Norman Corwin in a variety of venues. A real life drama, commissioned in 1958 to celebrate the problems of the time, the characters, and the motives of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and his wife Adele. Special performances will be followed by talk-back sessions led by Heather Richardson.

Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Vincent Dowling
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $15,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Voices From the PortCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Presentation and interpretion of the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing and port industries by creating a series of short (4 minute) audio segments for radio play and web broadcast. Segments will be based on oral histories collected as part of the Working Waterfront Documentation Project, an ongoing oral history project.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $8,890
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st CenturyPrimary Sourcemore

This week-long summer institute for K-12 educators will provide them with the content, skills, and resources needed to infuse more global content into classroom curricula. The goal is to provide teachers with the information needed to connect students to the wider world, providing them with an opportunity to challenge their own definition of self and of liberty and justice in various cultural contexts. The institute will include guest lectures, hands-on workshops, video conferences and other special presentations.

Primary Source
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Julia de la Torre
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Tell Me a Cuento: A Reading and Discussion ProgramLawrence Public Librarymore

Book discussions for adults learning English. Themes include cross-cultural experiences, courage, immigrant stories, working, and family stories. Genres include fiction, folktales, memoir, and biography.

Lawrence Public Library
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Terry Farish
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $5,000

Research on the planning, landscape design, preservation and promotion of Stockbridge from 1853-1993 by the Laurel Hill Association.

Stockbridge Library
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Barbara Allen
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Early Turkish Immigrants in Peabody and the Leather IndustryGeorge Peabody House Museummore

Research into the history and influence of the Turkish people on the city of Peabody during the leatherworking period of the late 19th and early 20th century.

George Peabody House Museum
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $2,000

Research to analyze and annotate the primary source documents produced by several women in mid-nineteenth century Westfield. Electronic and written resources will be produced for use by patrons, students, and visiting scholars.

Westfield Athenaeum
Westfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Ralph Melnick
awarded on: 2008-06-01
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

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

Document the establishment of Hawley's old town common identifying the people involved and examining their motives.

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

project director: Raymond L. Gotta
awarded on: 2008-05-01
amount: $2,478
Resource Center Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Archaeology in NewtonCity Of Newtonmore

Display of Newton artifacts and presentation on local archaeology with a focus on historic preservation and awareness of archaeological sites and past Native American lifeways through lecture and a stone tool making demonstration.

City Of Newton
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Brian Lever
awarded on: 2008-04-15
amount: $500
Project Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Tea with Mary CassatMedford Arts Center, Inc.more

Stage productions of a one-woman show including a post-show Q&A.

Medford Arts Center, Inc.
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Laura Duggan
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $2,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

The Race to Execution Outreach ProjectLioness Media Arts, Inc.more

Public exhibition and development of internet distribution for the 12-minute video documentary "Juror Number Six" which examines the role of media representations of race.

Lioness Media Arts, Inc.
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Rachel Lyon
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $7,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Liberty and Justice for SomePayomet Performing Artsmore

Series of five documentaries with panel discussions on the theme of "Liberty and Justice for All".

Payomet Performing Arts
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Kevin E. Rice
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $4,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

History of North American FisheriesGloucester Adventure, Inc.more

Curriculum development for presentation on board the National Historic Landmark dory-fishing schooner Adventure, part of a plan to develop the schooner into a floating museum of North American fisheries. The curriculum will also be available for download to schools.

Gloucester Adventure, Inc.
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Martin Krugman
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Race and PlaceFair Housing Center of Greater Bostonmore

Four session dialogue series using the documentary "RACE - the Power of an Illusion" a 3-episode series questioning the very idea of race as biology. Facilitated conversations based on the documentary and its discussion guide will enable groups ot delve into topics raised in the film.

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Aviva Rothman-Shore
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $9,375
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

At Home in Utopia - Then and NowFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Four programs focusing on housing as an issue of social and economic justice built around the documentary film At Home in Utopia.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Michal Goldman
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Pilgrim Father/Illegal SonsChinese Progressive Associationmore

Planning, development and production of an exhibit depicting the history, in images and texts of one of the better-documented Pilgrim Fathers of the Mayflower and the life stories, through oral history transcripts and representative pictures and objects, of 2-3 contemporary, undocumented Chinese immigrants.

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

project director: Wen-ti Tsen
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $5,000

Fabrication and installation of an exhibit providing an overview of an important chapter in American history when New Bedford was the Whaling Capital of the World and the pivotal role of the Rotch Family during this period.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Kate Corkum
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Judgment of BettDiscovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Projmore

Script development and production of a play dramatizing two little-known court cases that led to the abolishment of slavery in Massachusetts with an accompanying study guide.

Discovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Proj
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Vicky Kruckeberg
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Orleans, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Historic Lens, Harry J. Sparrow PhotographsOrleans Historical Societymore

Exhibit and lecture on a series of photographs by Harry J. Sparrow from 1911. The exhibit and accompanying lecture will put the photographs into perspective in the history of photography, landscape history, as well as economic and social life in Orleans early in the 20th century.

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

project director: Tamsen Cornell
awarded on: 2008-03-14
amount: $2,500

Literary festival featuring a keynote address, readings, film screenings, roundtables and interviews, whose intention is to explore the relation between literary art and environmental studies.

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

project director: Lisa Olstein
awarded on: 2008-02-13
amount: $5,000

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