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    Discussion: FAIR Grant
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Adventures in CommunityMeekins Public Librarymore

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

    Meekins Public Library
    Williamsburg, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tim Van Egmond
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000

    A public moderated discussion of United South End Settlements' history and an exhibit at the Harriet Tubman House, both of which commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Settlement House.

    United South End Settlements (USES)
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Kimberly White
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500
    Discussion: FAIR Grant
    Whitman, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    FAIR at the Whitman Public LibraryWhitman Public Librarymore

    A four-session series using the Family Adventures in Reading syllabus on Community.

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

    project director: Stephanie Nogler
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,150

    Two symposia related to the themes of two of New Repertory's productions, performances of which accompany the discussions.

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Adrienne Boris
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,000
    Discussion: Literature & Medicine Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    Literature & Medicine 2016Baystate Health Systemsmore

    A facilitated inter-departmental reading and discussion sessions for health Professionals.

    Baystate Health Systems
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Bridget Gunn
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $1,500
    Discussion: Open Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    African Dance and Discussion SeriesAfrican Cultural Services, Inc.more

    Revision and improvement to the academic portions of the Kyeza African Dance Project, a dance and discussion series that serves over 100 children each year in the Boston area.

    African Cultural Services, Inc.
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Juliet Najjumba
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $3,500

    A panel discussion engaging the audience about the local relevance of historical preservation and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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

    project director: Karen M. Fisk
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,565
    Discussion: Common Good Reads Grant
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning CenterNew Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Educationmore

    A family Literacy Day based on the Family Adventures in Reading curriculum.

    New Bedford Public Schools Adult Basic Education
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Gail Eddy
    awarded on: 2016-08-12
    amount: $2,288
    Research Inventory Grant
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County

    Squam Life: Lasting More Than a DayAnnisquam Historical Societymore

    Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

    Annisquam Historical Society
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County

    The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical InventoryDavid Ruggles Centermore

    Inventory of research materials collected by various scholars and members of the organization during the past decade or so of pulling itself into being and obtaining a headquarters.

    David Ruggles Center
    Florence, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Lisa Baskin
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop CollectionHatfield Historical Societymore

    Processing of the papers of the Porter McLeod Machine Shop, an industrial company in a town that knows most about its agrarian past, and evaluate its potential for a series of programs, including as part of the HHS core exhibit.

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

    project director: Kathie Gow
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    Processing and Making Available the Papers of Charles ShivelyThe History Projectmore

    Inventory and processing of the papers of Charles Shively, a gay activist and poet in the Boston area during the 1970s and early 1980s, who was actively involved in a number of early and influential gay and queer newspapers, including Gay Community News, Fag Rag, and Gay Sunshine.

    The History Project
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: William Holden
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant
    Nahant, MA, Essex County

    The ValiantNahant Historical Societymore

    Inventory of six folders of ephemera and other materials about the community effort to build and launch the Valiant, the last fishing vessel that was built by a fishing family in their back yard in Nahant, between 1955 and 1965.

    Nahant Historical Society
    Nahant, MA, Essex County

    project director: Bonnie D'Orlando
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    The Mountaintop: the Civil Rights Movement and the Social ContractChester Theatre Companymore

    11 performances of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," seven of which will be followed by audience talkbacks, cast conversations, and a panel discussion with visiting scholars and other outside experts in the fields of civil rights and African American studies.

    Chester Theatre Company
    Chester, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Daniel E. Kramer
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    The Boston Civic Literacy & Public Engagement InitiativeNew Democracy Coalitionmore

    A project examining race and civic engagement within Boston's black community through film, discussion, performance, and a bike tour.

    New Democracy Coalition
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Kevin Peterson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant
    Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

    Hilltown Chautauqua, Earthcare FestivalHilltown CDCmore

    Humanities speakers and facilitators for a day-long festival and symposium at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

    Hilltown CDC
    Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: David S. Perkins
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County

    Hamlet: Fault LinesActors' Shakespeare Projectmore

    A series of humanities events built around the production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

    Actors' Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Mara Sidmore
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

    Freedom of Speech: Lessons from Lenny BruceBrandeis Universitymore

    Creation and presentation of five performances using Brandeis's newly acquired Lenny Bruce archives on the subject of First Amendment rights, free speech, and inclusive language-especially in regard to comedy and public performance.

    Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Robert F. Walsh
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    2016 Speaker SeriesSpringfield Public Forummore

    Sponsorship of Bryan Stevenson's keynote address in Holyoke on incarceration and mass criminalization in the U.S.

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,500
    Project: Media Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    Margaret Fuller, A Thoroughly Modern WomanInterlock Media Inc.more

    Preproduction activities for a film about the life and work of Margaret Fuller.

    Interlock Media Inc.
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Jonathan Schwartz
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000

    Creation and installation of historical markers for a walking tour at the location of the former Northampton State Hospital.

    Northampton Historical Commission
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Tom Riddell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    "Spirit of Place" Community EventMary Lyon Foundation, Inc.more

    A day-long community event on the subject of im/migration and a sense of place in Western Massachusetts.

    Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sheila Damkoehler
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County

    Teen Education Through FilmMartha's Vineyard Film Societymore

    Six history curriculum-related film screenings with discussions led by invited guests for students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School.

    Martha's Vineyard Film Society
    Vineyard Haven, MA, Dukes County

    project director: Jessica Johnson
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $3,000

    A public presentation, a bilingual article for publication, an online repository of research, and a virtual walking tour on HistoryPin.com related to an exhibit regarding the social history of publishing, reading, and community engagement with the written word in Chinatown.

    Chinese Historical Society of New England
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Diane O'Donoghue
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County

    The Bakelite Masterpiece "Truth and Reconciliation" Audience Enrichment ProjectWAM Theatremore

    Audience enrichment sessions and talkbacks for the company's production of "The Bakelite Masterpiece."

    WAM Theatre
    Lee, MA, Berkshire County

    project director: Kristen van Ginhoven
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000

    Development of a research-based plan designed to support small historical organizations in participating in a new statewide Commonwealth Historical Collaborative online archive.

    Pioneer Valley History Network
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

    Learning Ahead: Community-Based Cultural ItinerariesHilltown Familiesmore

    A year-long project to produce six digital compilations of regional events to expand the popular Hilltown Families website.

    Hilltown Families
    West Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County

    project director: Sienna Wildfield
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

    Enhancing Families Through LiteratureBerkshire County Head Startmore

    Implementation of two series (in 2016 and 2017) of the Enhancing Families Through Literature program with families involved with Berkshire Family and Probate Court.

    Berkshire County Head Start
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County

    project director: Stacy Parsons
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $8,000
    Project Grant
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County

    Cape Cod Fishing ProjectCape Cod Repertory Theatermore

    Creation of a theatre piece that will also produce an oral history of the fishing and environmental communities on Cape Cod.

    Cape Cod Repertory Theater
    Brewster, MA, Barnstable County

    project director: Alison Weller
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    Housing for All? ConversationsCambridge Historical Societymore

    A series of community conversations about affordable housing in Cambridge, based on citizen-conducted research and talks with experts and stake holders.

    Cambridge Historical Society
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Marieke Van Damme
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $7,000

    Planning for a new core exhibit for the museum on the subject of local history.

    Westford Museum
    Westford, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Penny Lacroix
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    Food for ChangePocumtuck Valley Memorial Associationmore

    Distribution of the film "Food For Change" and the development of discussion materials.

    Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
    Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Steven Alves
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000

    A year of professional development activities for area humanities high school teachers about teaching the human and social consequences to violent conflicts and approaches to peaceful conflict resolution.

    William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Con
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County

    project director: Alan Stoskopf
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County

    18th Century Social MediaLexington Historical Societymore

    Support for an interactive exhibit that features Revolutionary War era communications systems in comparison and contrast with today's social and communications media in Buckman Tavern, one of the gathering and planning places for the Lexington militia .

    Lexington Historical Society
    Lexington, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Susan J. Bennett
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

    Campello Village: Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBrockton Historical Societymore

    Creation of a "pop-up" historic Campello Village neighborhood in George E. Keith Park in Brockton.

    Brockton Historical Society
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $6,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    Reading Changes LivesArise for Social Justicemore

    A two-part literature-based workshop series for women incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.

    Arise for Social Justice
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County

    project director: Gretchen Krull
    awarded on: 2016-06-17
    amount: $10,000
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County

    Are All Men Created Equal: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?The Robbins Housemore

    A three-part event in Concord including readings of the Declaration of Independence, shared readings of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech, and a facilitated discussion by Professor Kendra Fields of Tufts University.

    The Robbins House
    Concord, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Elon Cook
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    The July 4 Address of Frederick Douglass: A Public ReadingHistoric Newtonmore

    A public reading of the July 4 address by Frederick Douglass on the Newton Centre Green, an event co-sponsored by the City of Newton.

    Historic Newton
    Newton, MA, Middlesex County

    project director: Clara Silverstein
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $495
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Lynn, MA, Essex County

    6th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower ParkHaitian Action Orphans Missionmore

    A communal reading of Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech as part of an Independence Day themed festival co-sponsored by the City of Lynn.

    Haitian Action Orphans Mission
    Lynn, MA, Essex County

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2016-06-06
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading WorcesterFuture Focus Mediamore

    A Reading Frederick Douglass event on Worcester Commons.

    Future Focus Media
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2016-05-25
    amount: $500

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