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Symposium bringing together journalists, filmmakers, etc. who use documentation of violations with scholars who approach it from theoretical perspectives.

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

project director: Leigh Swigart
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $4,130

Exhibit and lecture series in Boston, the theme of which is how a Middle East community, the Assyrians, has been emigrating throughout the 20th century and adjusting to the United States.

United Assyrian Association of Massachusetts, Inc.
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Eden Naby
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $4,500
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
Project: Media Grant
Chicago, IL

Identity CrisisThe Kindling Groupmore

A one-hour documentary for Public Television that explores and life and ideas of Erik H. Erikson - the psychoanalyst who developed the concept of identity and, most famously, the identity crisis.

The Kindling Group
Chicago, IL

project director: Daniel Alpert
awarded on: 2005-04-21
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

New England Native American ExhibitBoston Children's Museummore

The planning phase for a new Native American exhibition focusing on and in collaboration with many New England tribes.

Boston Children's Museum
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Leslie Swartz
awarded on: 2005-03-17
amount: $5,000
Project: Liberty & Justice For All Grant
Sheffield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

If They Close the Door on You, Go in the WindowSheffield Historical Societymore

An exhibit, symposium on the African American heritage of the Berkshires and a celebration of the life of Elizabeth Freeman.

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

project director: Joanne Hurlbut
awarded on: 2005-03-17
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Falmouth, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Falmouth As a Summer Resort Research Inventory GrantFalmouth Historical Societymore

A study of the families of wealth and prestige who came to Falmouth in the 1880-1920's and who left behind graceful mansions and their family names on the streets, ponds and landmarks.

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

project director: Mary Sicchio
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

Research Inventory Grant: Brookline Historical SocietyBrookline Historical Societymore

Comprehensive inventory of the Devotion House, the headquarters of the Brookline Historical Society.

Brookline Historical Society
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jean Stringham
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Research Inventory Grant - Brockton Shoe MuseumBrockton Shoe Museummore

Inventory of the Brockton Shoe Museum collection.

Brockton Shoe Museum
Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: John W. Learnard
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Scholar in Residence: Stephen Phillips Trust HouseStephen Phillips Trust Housemore

A study of the collections related to the second generation of the Phillips family culminating in a public lecture: From Sail to Rail: The Phillips Family After Salem's Golden Age of Sail and a written body of research material.

Stephen Phillips Trust House
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie Austin
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $1,250
Scholar in Residence Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Scholar in Residence: Lexington Historical SocietyLexington Historical Societymore

Reckoning with the Parkers: Three Generations of Artisan Trade in Colonial and Early Republic Lexington.

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

project director: Richard Kollen
awarded on: 2004-12-30
amount: $2,500

Support for transportation costs for 10 performances of the interactive historical drama, The Trial of Anthony Burns, in collaboration with the Revere Public Schools. Funds will offset costs so that 500 students in grades 9-12 can visit Orchard House and experience this program.

Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Nancy Gahagan
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $2,700
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Banjo ProjectCenter For Independent Documentarymore

Production grant as partial funding for a two-hour national public television documentary about the social history of the banjo. MFH funds will be used for the Massachusetts-based topics in the program.

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

project director: Marc Fields
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Telling Women's LivesFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Pre-production grant for a series of ten films about women in the American past.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Laurie Kahn
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Spirit of ProvidenceUniversity of Massachusetts Amherstmore

Funds to support the pre-production of Spirit of Providence, a documentary television program about the Sisters of Providence, a small order of Catholic Sisters from Holyoke, MA, who have made a great impact in establishing non-profit healthcare institutions and social services in their communities.

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

project director: Elizabeth Wilda
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

SCENES FROM A PARISHDocumentary Educational Resourcesmore

Funds for the research, production and editing of a documentary film examining social change at Saint Patrick's, a working-class Catholic parish in Lawrence, MA experiencing dramatic changes as immigrants from Latin America and Asia move to the neighborhood.

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

project director: James Rutenbeck
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $10,000

Humanities portion of the 8th annual African American Festival in Worcester, MA, including an exhibition at the Worcester Public Library, lectures and a panel discussion.

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

project director: Gloria Hall
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $5,000

Exhibition using the 150th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' My Bondage and My Freedom and Melville's Benito Cereno as a starting point for exploring concerns such as the reach and limits of democracy, the nature of freedom, the role of race in the America and the place of the U.S. in the world.

New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Candace L. Heald
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

The Playwright of Peaked Hill BarsPilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museummore

Exhibit on Eugene O'Neill in Provincetown.

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Jeffrey Morris
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune Lecture SeriesMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Artmore

Lecture and discussion series investigating the political and artistic issues raised by MASS MoCA's exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Laura S. Heon
awarded on: 2004-12-10
amount: $5,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Hingham, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Understanding Islam at HinghamHingham Public Librarymore

Reading and discussion program about Islam (formerly a council conducted program).

Hingham Public Library
Hingham, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Kathleen Leahy
awarded on: 2004-12-06
amount: $500
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

The Mystery Novel as a Reflection of its TimesSturgis Librarymore

Reading and book discussion group examining mystery novels.

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

project director: Lucy Loomis
awarded on: 2004-11-30
amount: $1,000

Funds to develop a plan for exhibits and related activities, as well as a strategy for obtaining funding for the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall - a product of the overall rehabilitation of Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, which has served as a center for community culture in Roxbury and Greater Boston.

Madison Park Development Corp.
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Candelaria Silva-Collins
awarded on: 2004-09-17
amount: $5,000

Development of a social studies curriculum material to present the flourishing trade that Massachusetts ports had with different ports of India for public schools.

Meru Educational Foundation
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Vanita Shastri
awarded on: 2004-09-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Jews and the Culture of the TangoTrustees of Boston Universitymore

Two-part symposium open to the public on Jews and the Culture of the Tango, focusing on the tango as a rich repository of the worldview and social situation of Yiddish-speaking Jews in the first half of the 20th century, both in Argentina and Eastern Europe.

Trustees of Boston University
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Thomas Glick
awarded on: 2004-09-17
amount: $1,695

Exhibit Production Grant to build an interpretive and interactive exhibit on the William Skimmer and Sons Manufacturing Company and their part in the US silk industry, 1850-1962.

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

project director: Laurie Risler
awarded on: 2004-09-17
amount: $3,700
Project Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

"Vincie N." Interpretive ExhibitGloucester Maritime Heritage Museummore

Development of an interpretive exhibit that will give insight into the culture of the people whose livelihood depended upon the Vincie N., a commercial fishing boat built in 1936 and fished by the same Gloucester family for over 50 years.

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

project director: Harriet Webster
awarded on: 2004-09-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

History of Social Service in Lawrence, MassachusettsFamily Service, Incmore

Exhibit of artifacts and oral histories telling the story of the emergence of social service policy and delivery in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Family Service, Inc
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Kay B. Frishman
awarded on: 2004-09-17
amount: $3,700
Discussion: Reading Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Understanding Islam - Jones LibraryJones Librarymore

Reading and discussion series about Islam.

Jones Library
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Beth Girshman
awarded on: 2004-06-22
amount: $500
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Lure of the West: Films and LiteratureNational Heritage Museummore

A reading and discussion series and film/discussion series to accompany an exhibit of American West artifacts.

National Heritage Museum
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Alice Promisel
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,500

A videotaped oral history project about the five villages of Montague, produced in honor of Montague's 250th anniversary. The programs will air on a local access television station in late 2004.

Montague Community Cable Incorporated
Turners Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Jeffrey Singleton
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,480
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Monkey Dance Distribution GrantCenter For Independent Documentarymore

The distribution grant will cover the production of a high school teacher's guide to accompany the documentary, design and printing of a poster to promote local screenings, and film festival entry costs.

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

project director: Julie Mallozzi
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $4,980
Project Grant
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Discover Roxbury's Art and HistoryThe Bridges Programmore

A series of five "moving lecture" bus tours highlighting Roxbury's history, art and culture, led by experts in their fields.

The Bridges Program
Lexington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Marcia Butman
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $4,000
Project Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Concord River Greenway HistoryLowell Parks & Conservation Trustmore

An oral history project that will utilize interviews with residents of neighborhoods that abut the Concord River in Lowell. The end products will be a lengthy oral history document, a Concord River Greenway brochure, and historical signage.

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

project director: Kristin McCauley
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,600
Project Grant
Shrewsbury, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Yours for Humanity--Abby, A One-Act PlayWorcester Women's History Projectmore

A one-woman play about Abby Kelley Foster.

Worcester Women's History Project
Shrewsbury, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Linda B. Rosenlund
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Website DesignRoyall House Associationmore

The designing of a website for the Royall House, the only home in New England with preserved slave quarters.

Royall House Association
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Fred Schlicher
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $1,680

A UMass-published anthology containing the articles upon which the lectures for Historic Northampton's lecture series commemorating the 350th anniversary year of the city of Northampton were based.

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

project director: Kerry Buckley
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
New York, NY, New York County

The Political Dr. SeussThe New Pressmore

A 90-minute documentary film on the little known political side of Theodor Seuss Geisal, a Springfield native.

The New Press
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Ron Lamothe
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Media Grant
Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Plastic: Credit Cards and the Culture of DebtCenter For Independent Documentarymore

A documentary investigating the culture of debt in America.

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

project director: Tim Wright
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Witch House Family Program SeriesWitch Housemore

A series of educational public programs to enhance the Witch House's role as a center for community involvement and local history. The Witch House is the only historic building in Salem with direct ties to the witchcraft trials of 1692.

Witch House
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Elizabeth Seater
awarded on: 2004-06-11
amount: $3,400

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