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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
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Middleborough Historical Society Research Inventory GrantMiddleborough Historical Associationmore

Support to inventory the Lavinia Warren Bump (Mrs. Tom Thumb) collection in preparation for renewing their exhibition of material on the couple.

Middleborough Historical Association
Middleboro, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Dorothy Thayer
awarded on: 2007-01-20
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Research Inventory GrantNatick Historical Societymore

An inventory project for the Natick Historical Society to catalogue their collection of photographs.

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

project director: Jennifer Hance
awarded on: 2007-01-20
amount: $1,000
Project Grant
Littleton, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Herbert J. Harwood (1854-1910)Littleton Historical Society and Museummore

Description and analysis of the life of Herbert J. Harwood.

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

project director: Ann H. Himmelberger
awarded on: 2007-01-15
amount: $2,463
Proposal Development Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Partnership of the Historic BostonsPartnership of the Historic Bostonsmore

Proposal development for Partnership of the Historic Bostons.

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

project director: Wilfred Holton
awarded on: 2006-12-27
amount: $500
Project Grant
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

They Had to Go OutHull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.more

The installation a permanent exhibit on the history of the coastal lifesaving station whose headquarters the museum now occupies.

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

project director: Victoria Stevens
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $4,780

The design and installation of an exhibit on the Rotch family and its role in New Bedford's whaling industry.

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

project director: Kate Corkum
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Witch House Program SeriesWitch Housemore

An expansion of the museum's family-oriented program series on colonial life.

Witch House
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Elizabeth Seater
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $3,413

Pre-production for a feature-length documentary focusing on Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers.

Kovno Communications
Berkeley, CA, Alameda County

project director: Judith Ehrlich
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
New York, NY, New York County

The Late Indian WarWomen Make Movies, Inc.more

Pre-production of a documentary exploring the social and spiritual impact of English colonization on eastern Indians from the perspectives of their living descendants.

Women Make Movies, Inc.
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Ann Tweedy
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Far Out: Life on and after the CommuneCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A treatment and trailer for a documentary on two sister communes in Montague, Massachusetts and Guilford, Vermont.

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

project director: Charles Light
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Between Revolutions: The Federal PeriodGore Placemore

The production and dissemination of elementary and middle school curriculum materials on the Federal Period of U.S. history.

Gore Place
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Katz
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Memory of a Forgotten War PreproductionBoston Collegemore

Pre-production work on a documentary film on the impact and legacies of the Korean War.

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: G. Ramsay Liem
awarded on: 2006-12-08
amount: $10,000

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.

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: 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: 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 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

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