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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
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

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
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
Project: Media Grant
Portland, ME, Cumberland County

Henry David Thoreau, Surveyor of the SoulMaine Alliance of Media Artsmore

Preproduction phase of a feature length documentary film on Thoreau's profound impact on American literature and culture and how his are as influential today.

Maine Alliance of Media Arts
Portland, ME, Cumberland County

project director: James Coleman
awarded on: 2005-09-10
amount: $10,000
Research Inventory Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

RIG: Lowell Historical SocietyLowell Historical Societymore

A scholary inquiry into the papers of Lowell-based magician, Louis Ackerman, as a means to explore the history of popular culture of the city and the country.

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Denise Cailler
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

RIG: Brockton Historical SocietyBrockton Historical Societymore

Organization of the Brockton Historical Society's collection of materials documenting the life and career of Rocky Marciano, famous boxer and Brockton resident.

Brockton Historical Society
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Robert Wychulis
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Raynham Center, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

RIG: Raynham Historical SocietyRaynham Historical Societymore

Inventory of artifacts of the Leonard family, one of the oldest in Raynham.

Raynham Historical Society
Raynham Center, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Eleanor B. Calvin
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

RIG: The Lyman ReserveLyman Reservemore

Project tracing the conservation legacy of a notable Massachusetts family, that of Theodore Lyman via an extensive collection of artifactual, photographic and written items.

Lyman Reserve
Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2005-06-30
amount: $1,000

Exhibit enhancement for Stopping the Clock; A Time to Remember Salem's Pequot Mill Strike of 1933

Salem Harbor Community Development Corporation
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Aviva Chomsky
awarded on: 2005-06-12
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Crossroads of Cultures: The Islamic World, 750-1400Primary Sourcemore

A summer teachers' institute that will explore the ways that the proximity of Asia, Africa and Europe prompted cultural sharing and hybrids of many kinds in the Islamic world of the mid-8th to late 15th centuries.

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

project director: Deborah L. Cunningham
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000

A semester-long college course to be taught at the Hampden County Correctional Center's Women's Unit that will bring together incarcerated students and students from Mount Holyoke College in a classroom in the prison.

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Simone W. Davis
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $1,915
Project Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Project 2050 Knowledge for Power ProgramNew World Theatermore

The humanities component of Project 2050's ten-day residential retreat for participating Massachusetts youth. This year's theme confronts issues of "war" in all its forms and the gender implications of contemporary social, political, and military conflicts.

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

project director: Andrea Assaf
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000

A conceptual plan, draft text, and exhibit format for an orientation exhibit to the site of the museum complex.

House of the Seven Gables
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Alexandria Mason
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

SecondHand: Lives and Afterlives of the Social FabricDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Preproduction support for a documentary exploring the linked cultures and histories of used clothing, focusing on the immigrant experience in Boston.

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

project director: Hanna R. Shell
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Working Waterfront Documentation ProjectCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Audio-taped interviews with fishermen and others whose work and lives are linked to the New Bedford/Fairhaven port. This oral history project will be done in conjunction with the second annual "Working Waterfront Festival."

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $4,750
Project Grant
Whitinsville, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Honoring Eleanor RooseveltFranklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center, Inc.more

A public event honoring Eleanor Roosevelt featuring, a dramatic portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, a book talk by author/historian Dr. Cathy D. Knepper, and a concert of big-band music from the 40s.

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

project director: Cyrus Lipsitt
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $4,962
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Afterburn-Willie Cole: selected works 1997-2004Worcester Art Museummore

A gallery brochure and public programs for youth and adults in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition, Afterburn-Willie Cole: Selected works 1997-2004.

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

project director: Susan L. Stoops
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000
Project: K-12 Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Shakespeare and JusticeDiscovering Justice: James D. St. Clair Court Public Ed Projmore

A collaboration with Discovering Justice and the Actors' Shakespeare Project to produce matinees in the courtroom of the Moakley US Courthouse for 9th-12th graders.

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

project director: Maria Karagianis
awarded on: 2005-06-10
amount: $5,000

90-minute tv documentary on Madame Helena Rubenstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, two entrepreneurial women from different parts of the world, who pursued the American Dream by creating new industries in the time of a rising consumer culture.

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

project director: Ann C. Grossman
awarded on: 2005-06-01
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Crime and the Cultural LandscapeMedford Public Librarymore

Library reading and discussion series.

Medford Public Library
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Victoria Schneiderman
awarded on: 2005-05-23
amount: $500
Scholar in Residence Grant
North Oxford, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Scholar in Residence - Clara Barton Birthplace MuseumClara Barton Birthplace Museummore

"Clustering Memories of Clara" - Developing an interpretive plan that tells the complete story of Clara Barton - the child, the woman, the humanitarian, the inspiration.

Clara Barton Birthplace Museum
North Oxford, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Cathy Woods
awarded on: 2005-05-02
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Scholar in Residence - Berkshire Historical SocietyBerkshire Historical Societymore

Tor Court in Context: Impact of the Gilded Age on the economic and physical development in Pittsfield.

Berkshire Historical Society
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Catherine Reynolds
awarded on: 2005-04-27
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Scholar in Residence - Robert Treat Paine Historical TrustStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

Research aimed to deep understanding and interpretation of the servants that lived on the property of Stonehurst.

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

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2005-04-27
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Scholar in Residence - Forest Hills Educational TrustForest Hills Educational Trustmore

Documentation and cataloguing of representative selection of both unusual and typical sculpture, gravestones and monuments by "anonymous" or little-known carvers which mark 19th century family burial lots.

Forest Hills Educational Trust
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Cecily Miller
awarded on: 2005-04-27
amount: $2,500
Project Grant
Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The Bankside Humanities SeriesShakespeare & Companymore

Free public lecture/demonstrations on the historical and cultural aspects of the Renaissance that helped shape the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

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

project director: Mel Cobb
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $4,500

Revised and expanded booklet that will serve as a primary text for a Summer 2005 African American studies colloquium and for subsequent curriculum development in public school districts.

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Lakeville, CT, Litchfield County (Berkshire)

project director: Rachel Fletcher
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

African American Sailors on CONSTITUTION in 1812USS Constitution Museummore

Exhibition planning grant to research the lives of the estimated 10-15% of CONSTITUTION'S crew who were free African Americans.

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

project director: Anne G. Rand
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $5,000

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