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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.  

 
 

A year-long project focusing on the history of the underground railroad in Greenfield that combines individual research, presentations, and an after school program.

Greenfield Human Rights Commission
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Joan Featherman
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $7,612

A two-part living history program featuring Elena Dodd as Eleanor Roosevelt and the Master Singers of Worcester performing a cantata about Eleanor Roosevelt's life and accomplishments.

Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center, Inc.
Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $3,675
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Never a Bad Hair DayWillis Center Cultural Institutemore

An art exhibit featuring African sculptures and an accompanying series of lectures and workshops about hair in African and African American cultures to be held in various Worcester venues.

Willis Center Cultural Institute
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Gloria Hall
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Literature in Letters: Four Centuries of the Epsitolary NovelSturgis Librarymore

Reading and discussion program coinciding with a larger year-long series centered around letters.

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

project director: Lucy Loomis
awarded on: 2006-11-07
amount: $500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Pelham, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Lost in TranslationPelham Librarymore

A reading and discussion series based on the stories of individuals who are somehow displaced, removed, or voluntarily in exile from their home contexts.

Pelham Library
Pelham, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Rebecca Frank
awarded on: 2006-09-18
amount: $500

Professional photography for the book: "Quilts: The Social Fabric of Massachusetts."

Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project
Ware, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lynne Bassett
awarded on: 2006-09-16
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Tapping the SourceBristol Community Collegemore

A series of workshops for secondary and post-secondary teachers, focusing on the use of primary sources.

Bristol Community College
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Andrew Hoffman
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $6,500

An oral history project to collect the memories of leather business workers and those knowledgeable about the impact of the leather industry on the daily lives of Peabody residents.
(project website)

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

project director: Marieke Van Damme
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $3,915
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Is this America? Liberty and Justice for AllCambridge Forummore

A series of ten public programs examining the contemporary challenges to the ideals of "liberty and justice for all" on which the United states is founded. Each public program is later broadcast nationwide and available for download at WGBH on-demand.

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

project director:
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $8,450

A four-exhibit series on immigration and migration to Holyoke.

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

project director: Kate N. Thibodeau
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Hands on History at the Old State House MuseumBostonian Societymore

The creation of three "Hands-on-History" galleries for family learning at the Old State House Museum in Boston.

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

project director: Rainey Tisdale
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Abraca O BarcoTown of Provincetownmore

The production of a 15-minute film to augment the Provincetown Public Library's exhibit of a half-sized replica of the schooner Rose Dorothea.

Town of Provincetown
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Karen MacDonald
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $5,000
Project: K-12 Grant
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The Figure a Poem MakesThe Mount: Edith Wharton's Homemore

A workshop on the reading and writing of poetry for Berkshire County elementary, middle and high school teachers.

The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: David Dashiell
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $3,700

Preproduction support for a documentary film that explores New England Native identity from the point of view of view of language preservation and loss.

Northeast Historic Film
Bucksport, ME, Hancock County

project director: Ben Levine
awarded on: 2006-09-15
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Wakefield, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Understanding the Modern Middle EastLucius Beebe Memorial Librarymore

A library reading and discussion series focusing on the political history of the Modern Middle East (formerly a council-conducted program).

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
Wakefield, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Elisabeth Doucett
awarded on: 2006-09-07
amount: $500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

Visions of AmericaSpringfield Museumsmore

Programming and resources to accompany an exhibit of Currier & Ives prints, including a panel discussion, an on-line version of the exhibit, and an exhibition/program brochure.

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

project director: Kay Simpson
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $9,500
Project: K-12 Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Unmuddling the Modern Middle EastPrimary Sourcemore

A summer teachers' institute that will equip teachers with the knowledge and curricular resources necessary for teaching about the modern Middle East.

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

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: K-12 Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The ASP Teacher Institute at Emerson CollegeActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

The Actors' Shakespeare Project's summer teaching institute on teaching Shakespeare, centering on their Boston production of Hamlet

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

project director: Sara Stackhouse
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Concord River Greenway Park Historical SignageLowell Parks & Conservation Trustmore

Interpretive historical signage (wayside exhibits) to be installed in the Concord River Greenway park, a large community project preserving land along the east bank of the Lowell portion of the Concord River.

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Kristin McCauley
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $7,978
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Working Waterfront Documentation ProjectCommunity Economic Development Centermore

An oral history project that will be conducted in conjunction with the third Working Waterfront Festival, a celebration of the occupational culture of the commercial fishing industry.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $7,022
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Mi Puerto Rico: Master Painters of the Island, 1785-1952Worcester Art Museummore

A bilingual audio tour and public programs in conjunctions with an upcoming exhibit, "Mi Puerto Rico: Master Painters of the Island, 1785-1952."

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

project director: Honee Hess
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Thoreau Collection at the Concord MuseumConcord Museummore

The publication of a catalogue of the Concord Museum's Thoreau collection that includes his desk, walking stick, flute, spyglass, and other objects.

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

project director:
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $5,000

Educational programs for K-12 students using the Lexington Historical Society's collection of documents and artifacts and its three Colonial properties that figured in the Battle of Lexington.

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

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $4,580

Preproduction of a documentary about Somali women adjusting to life in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Fund For Women Artists
San Francisco, CA, San Francisco County

project director: Julie Akeret
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Spirit of ProvidenceUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

The production of a documentary about the Sisters of Providence in Holyoke, Massachusetts, who founded public healthcare institutions in the region.

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

project director: Elizabeth Wilda
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Our Commonwealth: The Massachusetts Experiment in DemocracyFriends of the Commonwealth Museummore

An exhibition of the foundational documents of Massachusetts including the 1629 Massachusetts Bay Charter, to be displayed at the Massachusetts Archives.

Friends of the Commonwealth Museum
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Stephen Kenney
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Scenes from a ParishDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Production grant for this documentary about three years in a multicultural Catholic parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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

project director: James Rutenbeck
awarded on: 2006-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

A Stroll through Paradise: Stepping into HistoryHistoric Northamptonmore

The installation of an "outdoor museum" of historic markers in Northampton.

Historic Northampton
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kerry Buckley
awarded on: 2006-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Humanities Solo Historical/Literary SeriesPayomet Performing Artsmore

A summer series of eleven interactive living history performances.

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

project director: Jim Cooke
awarded on: 2006-06-09
amount: $3,740
Project Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Women at WarNorthampton Center for the Artsmore

A theater piece based on oral history interviews with military women from Massachusetts who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Northampton Center for the Arts
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: John Hadden
awarded on: 2006-06-09
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Littleton Historical Society RIGLittleton Historical Society and Museummore

The creation of an inventory of the journals and writings of three generations of the Harwood family. The final product will be a guide to the Harwood family papers.

Littleton Historical Society and Museum
Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Ann H. Himmelberger
awarded on: 2006-06-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Plainfield Historical Society RIGPlainfield Historical Societymore

The entering of historical deeds from the Dyer collection into a database to be made available at the Shaw Memorial Library in Plainfield.

Plainfield Historical Society
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Judy Williams
awarded on: 2006-05-23
amount: $1,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Men at Work: Overseers in Lowell's Ante-bellum Textile MillsCenter for Lowell Historymore

A study of the male overseers at Lowell's ante-bellum textile mills.

Center for Lowell History
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Martha Mayo
awarded on: 2006-04-07
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Fashionable Accessories: Daveys HandbagsWorcester Historical Museummore

A study of the records and product samples from Daveys, a Worcester handbag company. The records now reside with the Worcester Historical Museum.

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

project director: Holly Izard
awarded on: 2006-04-07
amount: $2,500

A study of the development of the straw-braiding and textile industries in Stoughton and Easton from before the War of 1812 to approximately 1840, as reflected in the Hodges Collection of business ledgers and day books.

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

project director: Dwight H. MacKerron
awarded on: 2006-04-07
amount: $2,390
Scholar in Residence Grant
Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Keeping the Harvest: Historic Foodways in the AndoversAndover Historical Societymore

Archival research into the artifacts related to food history held by both Andover and North Andover Historical Societies. Resources developed will be used for new programs.

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

project director: Juliet H. Mofford
awarded on: 2006-04-07
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Twentieth Century Farming at the Bryant HomesteadWilliam Cullen Bryant Homesteadmore

A research project to determine the farming and dairying activities that occurred at the Bryant Homestead from 1900-1959.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Ellice Gonzalez
awarded on: 2006-04-07
amount: $2,497
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Investigating the Crypt at Old NorthOld North Foundationmore

An investigation of the Crypt of the Old North Church to determine who is buried there.

Old North Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Christine Baron
awarded on: 2006-04-07
amount: $2,427
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

GMHC History of the Fishing Industry ExhibitGloucester Maritime Heritage Museummore

The planning, design, and fundraising phases of a permanent exhibit on the history of the Gloucester fishing industry.

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

project director: Harriet Webster
awarded on: 2006-03-21
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Tick Tock Trolley Pilot ProgramCity of Walthammore

The development of routes and tours for a newly purchased trolley in the City of Waltham.

City of Waltham
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Alison Steinfeld
awarded on: 2006-03-21
amount: $10,000

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