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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.  

 
 
Research Inventory Grant
Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Stone House Museum Textile Collection InventoryStone House Museummore

Inventory of a portion of the Stone House Museum's textile collection from the mid 19th century.

Stone House Museum
Belchertown, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Laura L. Quinn
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Sargent House Musuem RIGSargent House Museummore

Inventory of materials that bear on the occupancy of Judith Sargent Murray, the house as it looked during that period, as well as deeds at the Essex County Courthouse that bear on the house.

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

project director: Joan Ciolino
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $995
Research Inventory Grant
New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Prescott Museum Exhibit Panel InventorySwift River Valley Historical Societymore

Documentation and re-housing and inventory of materials from 32 exhibit panels from the Prescott Museum.

Swift River Valley Historical Society
New Salem, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Ani Gonzalez-Rivera
awarded on: 2008-02-01
amount: $1,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

On Equal TermsBrandeis Universitymore

Installation about women in the construction industry that will bring attention to the frontline experience of a significant public policy effort, on the thirtieth anniversary of the Executive Orders that opened industry jobs and apprenticeship programs to women.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Eisenberg
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $8,994
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Henry V Conversations: What is a Just War?Actors' Shakespeare Projectmore

Post production panel discussions of the play and its relevance to our times, including veterans in the audience. As a follow-up, a veterans' workshop will be held including performances/reading from Henry V, writing prompts and journaling, sharing of personal stories, and a discussion of the play.

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

project director: Lori Taylor
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $4,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Walaalo! Somali Women's ProjectNew World Theatermore

A series of public forums, an oral history component and a case study addressing issues of refugee resettlement and intercultural understanding.

New World Theater
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Andrea Assaf
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Chosen to LeadPlimoth Plantation, Incmore

Series of public programs examining the nature of leadership and political franchise in Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Homeland in the 17th century, the 30-year Mashpee Wampanoag Federal recognition process, and current affairs in the Wampanoag Homeland since achieving sovereignty. Programming will include thematic tours and talks by museum staff, Native community forums, performances of theatre pieces and an exhibit.

Plimoth Plantation, Inc
Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Elizabeth A. Lodge
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Examining Human Rights and Racial Justice in Boston, the US, and the WorldNortheastern Universitymore

Lecture, panel discussion, photography exhibit, and the distribution of a dvd and study materials to stimulate discussion of competing views of racial justice.

Northeastern University
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Martha F. Davis
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $7,052
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Their Voices Will Be Heard: Artist Responses to the Israeli/Palestinian SituationNew Repertory Theatremore

Panel discussions, staged readings, film presentations, a poetry reading and other events that will provide several different perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian situation. This collection of events is centered around the Downstage@ New Rep productions of "My Name is Rachel Corrie and Pieces."

New Repertory Theatre
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Meron Langsner
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Day the Revolution Began: Orientation Film for Visitors to LexingtonLexington Historical Societymore

Production of an introductory film for visitors from around the world to the historical context of the Battle of Lexington. The film will complement Lexington Historical Society's interpretive program at three nationally significant historical sites with important connections to the events of April 19, 1775.

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

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Film FeastsBerkshire Museummore

Film screenings followed by discussions led by a film critic, food historian or scholar. Following the film/discussion, participants are invited, at a separate cost, to a meal offered by a local restaurant reflecting the cuisine of that film's culture.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Melanie Mowinski
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $8,100
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Moving Images: Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Film FestivalVinfen Corporationmore

Vinfen's film festival, with films by and about individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness, is the first of its kind in Boston. Four to six hours of film screenings grouped by theme will be followed by 35-40 minute panel discussions with subject experts, individuals served, humanists and filmmakers on issues.

Vinfen Corporation
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Juliana Field
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $5,000

Three part lecture series in conjunction with a major gallery exhibition combining architectural surveying, cartography, and popular art to produce an oblique aerial image of a community as if imagined from 2,000 to 3,000 feet.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Roni Pick
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $3,280
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Revolutionary Ideals and Modern Debate: The Evolution of Liberty and Justice.Old South Meeting Housemore

A series of four in-depth public programs and a teacher workshop exploring how the concepts of liberty and justice in the Bill of Rights have evolved in our country's history.

Old South Meeting House
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Michelle LeBlanc
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $10,000

Series of public events focusing on the largely unknown history of the Massachuset people who inhabited the land that would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The project will present the story of the time before now from both perspectives: the Massachuset - representing the Native population in New England - and the Puritans - representing the Europeans.

Partnership of the Historic Bostons
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Wilfred Holton
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
North Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

USS Alligator PosterThe Navy and Marine Living History Associationmore

Design, printing and shipment of an educational poster depicting the Civil War submarine, Alligator.

The Navy and Marine Living History Association
North Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Charles L. Veit
awarded on: 2007-12-14
amount: $4,995
Project Grant
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Social Justice in Soviet and American SocietiesLynn Museummore

Video-taped oral history interviews from 15 Soviet immigrants living in Lynn.

Lynn Museum
Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Molly Pucci
awarded on: 2007-12-08
amount: $3,700
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Adults in Transition: Exploring the UnexpectedSturgis Librarymore

Library reading and discussion group at the Sturgis Library

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

project director: Marcella M. Curry
awarded on: 2007-10-25
amount: $1,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Got Food? Creating a Hunger Free CommunityWorcester Historical Museummore

An exhibit at Worcester Historical Museum, a lecture/discussion series offered to the Worcester County community at various partner agencies, oral histories from the leaders, volunteers and service recipients of WCFP and its partners and other public programs.

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

project director: Bill D. Wallace
awarded on: 2007-09-28
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Lasting Legacies: Art and Poetry for Lawrence MARobert Frost Foundationmore

Exhibition for the entrance to the Lawrence Public library using a slide show and free-standing exhibits highlighting the legacies of two former Lawrence residents, Robert Frost and Reverend William Wolcott.

Robert Frost Foundation
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Mark Schorr
awarded on: 2007-09-28
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The Birth of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Movement in Massachusetts, 1987-2007Stonewall Communities, Inc.more

Documentation of the gay-straight alliance movement's origins through community panel discussions and an oral history course.

Stonewall Communities, Inc.
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Michael A. Connolly
awarded on: 2007-09-28
amount: $9,595
Project Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Stonehurst Exhibit and Signage DesignStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

Design and planning of permanent signage to introduce the story of the site and fundamental interpretive concepts to annual visitors.

Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2007-09-28
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Laura Jernegan: Girl on a WhaleshipMartha's Vineyard Museummore

Development of an online exhibition for children and families to learn about the history of the New England whaling industry and its impact around the world using as its centerpiece the diary of Laura Jernegan, a young girl on a whaling voyage in the mid-1800s.

Martha's Vineyard Museum
Edgartown, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Nancy Cole
awarded on: 2007-09-28
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Story Capture Booth at the Choosing to Participate ExhibitBoston Museum Projectmore

Development of a story capture booth to allow visitors to videotape their own reflections on exhibit material. Visitors will be invited to step into a private booth located adjacent to an exhibit area and by a series of open ended questions appearing in sequence on a computer touch screen as they videotape their thoughts and reactions to both the exhibit content and their own related life experiences.

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

project director: Katy Abel
awarded on: 2007-09-02
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Mexico: Reading and Discussion SeriesFriends of the Williamsburg Libraries and Meekins Librarymore

Reading and discussion group about Mexico and its shared history in the West and Southwest of the USA.

Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries and Meekins Library
Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Nel Wijnhoven
awarded on: 2007-06-18
amount: $1,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

In the Spirit of Clara Barton: Almira Fales and the Women of South DanversPeabody Institute Librarymore

Exhibit focusing on letters sent to the Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society formed in South Danvers (now Peabody) from the years 1861 including a living history performance and two lectures.

Peabody Institute Library
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Nancy Barthelemy
awarded on: 2007-06-14
amount: $1,050
Research Inventory Grant
Rockland, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Rockland Historical Commission RIGRockland Historical Commissionmore

Inventory of Civil War and late nineteenth century era documents, photos and postcards.

Rockland Historical Commission
Rockland, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: James Paul
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Worthington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Worthington Historical Society RIGWorthington Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Burr family collection to help elucidate the experience of farming in rural Western Massachusetts.

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

project director: Patricia Kennedy
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $910
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Branded on My Arm and In My SoulSpinner Publicationsmore

Publication of "Branded on My Arm and In My Soul," the holocaust memoir of long-time New Bedford resident, Abraham Landeau.

Spinner Publications
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Karen Gravel
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive888 Women's History Project, Inc.more

Production of a film titled "Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge". Employing multiple perspectives, this documentary will tell the story of a little-known but highly significant event in the history of the Second Wave of the women's movement. The takeover of a Harvard building was the surprise ending of that year's International Women's Day March.

888 Women's History Project, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Rivo
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Peacemaking CircleCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Pre-production of a documentary exploring cutting-edge applications of a Native American tradition in which community members resolve conflict by convening a special ritual circle.

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

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills, Exploring the Plainfield LandscapePlainfield Historical Societymore

Design of self-guided outings for a family audience that explore the history and ecology of the Plainfield landscape. Tours will involve participants in the 'discovery' of history.

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

project director: Pleun Bouricius
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $7,500
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Living Off the Land in Falmouth, Then and NowFalmouth Historical Societymore

A trolley tour focusing on Falmouth's agricultural history including a visit to a modern farm and a local community garden.

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

project director: Carolyn T. Powers
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $3,090
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Working Waterfront Documentation ProjectCommunity Economic Development Centermore

The Working Waterfront Documentation Project will document and present the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing and port industries in conjunction with the Working Waterfront Festival.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $9,320
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

John Quincy Adams in RussiaAmerican Antiquarian Societymore

Series of regional performances of a historically accurate presentation of the role of John Quincy Adams in creating the lasting bonds between Russia and America.

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: James D. Moran
awarded on: 2007-06-09
amount: $4,985
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Color InitiativeLifted Veils Productions, Inc.more

Radio reporting initiative that will examine complex global issues of democracy, liberty, culture, history and society through the framework of human perceptions and experiences related to skin color. Aired on WGBH/BBC/PRI's The World.

Lifted Veils Productions, Inc.
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Phillip Martin
awarded on: 2007-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Harwich Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Memory Breakdown?Harwich Port Library Associationmore

Pre-production funds to support research, consultation with a scholar, and the usage of archival footage for the documentary film "Memory Breakdown?" The film will feature Nina Schuessler, a Massachusetts woman who takes a trip into the unknown and finds the place where her mother's friends were guillotined.

Harwich Port Library Association
Harwich Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Stefan Roloff
awarded on: 2007-06-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Martha Rosler: Bringing the War HomeWorcester Art Museummore

A brochure and public programs for students and adults in conjunction with the exhibition. Includes a lecture by Howard Zinn and an artist talk by Martha Rosler.

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

project director: Susan L. Stoops
awarded on: 2007-06-08
amount: $5,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum SIRAttleboro Area Industrial Museummore

Research into Attleboro's great fire of 1898.

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: George Shelton
awarded on: 2007-04-15
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Inquiry into the Role of African-Americans at Old NorthOld North Foundationmore

Research on the lives of enslaved and free Africans and African-Americans who were members of the Old North congregation.

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

project director: Christine Baron
awarded on: 2007-03-13
amount: $2,500

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