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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 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
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
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
Project: Cultural Economic Development Grant
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Women Protecting USUSS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Incmore

An exhibit honoring the contributions of American women in all branches of military service as well as on the "home front" during conflicts from the Revolution to the present day.

USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Inc
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laurie Carlson
awarded on: 2006-03-21
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Understanding Ourselves by Looking Back: Falmouth at WorkCommittee to Encourage Public Artmore

The publication of articles about industries formerly active on Cape Cod: Ship Building, Whaling, Cranberry Harvesting, Marine Sciences, and Woolens. The articles will be published in the Falmouth Enterprise.

Committee to Encourage Public Art
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Jacki Forbes
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $2,200
Project: K-12 Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Off the Page and On the Deck: The War of 1812 in Sailors' Own WordsUSS Constitution Museummore

A teacher workshop for 40 teachers on techniques for using primary sources in the classroom.

USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Anne G. Rand
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $4,970
Project Grant
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The Bankside Humanities SeriesShakespeare & Companymore

A series of free lectures and demonstrations, exploring a wide range of the historical and cultural aspects of the Renaissance, as part of the Company's Outdoor Bankside Festival of performances and events.

Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Ariel Bock
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $4,500
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Freedom and Its Discontents, CANE Summer Institute 2006Classical Association of New Englandmore

Summer teachers' institute for classics teachers, with free public lectures on ancient philosophical theories of freedom.

Classical Association of New England
Natick, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ellen Perry
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
Belmont, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Farm Where You Live Oral NarrativesBelmont Historical Societymore

The collecting of oral histories of people with experience of farming in Belmont between 1900 and 1950.

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

project director: Jane Sherwin
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $2,400

Planning for an exhibit to introduce visitors of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum to the life of whaling merchant William Rotch, Jr.

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

project director: Kate Corkum
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project: K-12 Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Over Time: Changes in Massachusetts TopographyEDCO Collaborativemore

A one-week summer institute on Massachusetts' history and geography for 25 teachers of grades 3-5.

EDCO Collaborative
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Eileen McSwiney
awarded on: 2006-03-17
amount: $4,987
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

The Holocaust: A Challenge to the Achievement of Liberty and Justice for AllHatikvah Holocaust Education Centermore

A curriculum on the history and lessons of the Holocaust for high school and middle school students.

Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center
Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Robert Sternberg
awarded on: 2006-03-14
amount: $10,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

"Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre" at the John Adams CourthouseTheatre Espressomore

A two-year residency of the play at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, a collaborative effort of Theatre Espresso and the Supreme Judicial Historical Society.

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

project director: Derek Nelson
awarded on: 2006-03-14
amount: $10,000

To survey of the collection of the Westport Historical Society for artifacts and documents that relate to the history of the Society's headquarters, the Bell School, and its relationship with communities of Westport.

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

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2006-02-21
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Plainfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Research Inventory Grant - Plainfield Historical SocietyPlainfield Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Dyer Collection, letters and materials relating to the relative and changing importance of a mixed economy and mixed land use in Plainfield over the past 200 years.

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

project director: Judy Williams
awarded on: 2006-01-26
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Southborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Research Inventory Grant - Southborough Historical SocietySouthborough Historical Societymore

An inventory of Southborough Historical Society's 18th and 19th century collection of manuscripts and artifacts to support a lecture or exhibit relating to the history of Southborough's triphammer, used for pounding and shaping iron.

Southborough Historical Society
Southborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Russell Horne
awarded on: 2006-01-26
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Research Inventory Grant - Westwood Historcial SocietyWestwood Historical Societymore

Inventory of the Pickardt family collection, a family of German descent, who came from New York City to settle in Westwood, a rural farming community in the late 1800's, opened a business and influenced the Westwood and Islington communities from the 1880's to the 1950's.

Westwood Historical Society
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Libby Johnson
awarded on: 2006-01-26
amount: $1,000
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Homecomings ProjectHampshire Collegemore

A series of public lectures, exhibits, films, workshops, readings and seminars on the theme of Homecomings from war, ancient and contemporary.

Hampshire College
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Robert Meagher
awarded on: 2006-01-20
amount: $5,000

Public panel discussion following a screening of The Belle of Amherst as part of "A Little Madness in the Spring", the Emily Dickinson Museum's local annual celebration of National Poetry Month.

Dickinson Homestead
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Cindy Dickinson
awarded on: 2006-01-20
amount: $2,917
Project: Media Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge888 Women's History Project, Inc.more

Fundraising trailer for a documentary telling the story of the 1971 takeover of a Harvard University building, the surprise ending to that year's International Woman's Day march.

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

project director: Susan Rivo
awarded on: 2006-01-20
amount: $9,993
Project Grant
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Ancient Fishweir Permanent Panels in Arlington Street SubwayTouchable Stories, Inc.more

Research to complete text research, caption writing and final design of four graphic display panels that will be permanently installed along the MBTA Arlington Street subway station waiting platforms.

Touchable Stories, Inc.
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ross Miller
awarded on: 2006-01-20
amount: $3,060
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Making a Living, Making a Life: Work and Its Rewards in a Changing AmericaSturgis Librarymore

A library reading and discussion series.

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

project director: Lucy Loomis
awarded on: 2006-01-10
amount: $1,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Crime & the Cultural LandscapeWestwood Public Librarymore

A library reading and discussion series.

Westwood Public Library
Westwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Thomas P. Viti
awarded on: 2005-11-29
amount: $500
Resource Center Grant
Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Sarah Chayes Lecture at Wellesley Free LibraryWellesley Free Librarymore

Sarah Chayes' Lecture on the Arghand Project, a nonprofit agricultural cooperative in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the Wellesley Free Library

Wellesley Free Library
Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Elise MacLennan
awarded on: 2005-11-02
amount: $250
Project Grant
Norwell, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Wooden Synagogues: A Lost World RevisitedHandshouse Studiomore

A traveling exhibition of 17th and 18th wooden synagogues from the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, focusing on the Zabludow and Gwozdziec Synagogues that were destroyed during the Nazi invasion in World War II.

Handshouse Studio
Norwell, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Brown
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $5,000

Research/planning for an exhibit series on the five major immigrant groups to Holyoke.

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

project director: Carol Constant
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Exhibition Planning Grant/Handled With CareHancock Shaker Villagemore

An exhibit examining the role of utilitarian objects created by the Shakers as pieces that transcended their function, becoming a vital part of religious expression, a manifestation of the Shaker quest for utopia and a concretization of the group's culture.

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Christian Goodwillie
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $5,000

Three community documentation events as part of its Mass. Memories Road Show initiative, which invites residents to bring in documents that reflect their families' origins and arrival in Massachusetts.

University of Massachusetts Boston Graduate College
Dorchester, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Joanne Riley
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Becoming American ExhibitNewton History Museummore

An exhibition exploring the changing cultural and social landscape of the City of Newton tentatively titled "Becoming American: Immigration in 21st Century Newton."

Newton History Museum
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan Abele
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $5,000
Project: K-12 Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Curriculum Project: Immigration and Settlement in Watertown, 1630-2005Primary Sourcemore

Development of a curriculum Sourcebook to provide information and lesson ideas for a study of immigration and settlement in Watertown over the past 375 years.

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

project director: Anna Roelofs
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $1,000
Project Grant
Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

John Greenleaf Whittier Bicentennial ExhibitsWhittier Home Associationmore

Bicentennial exhibition focusing on Whittier's abolitionist activities and an exploration of his thoughts were shaped by the women in his life: his mother, sister, Celia Thaxter, Lucy Larcom and Sarah Orne Jewett.

Whittier Home Association
Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Janet Howell
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $5,000

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