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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
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Robbins House Family Tree ExhibitDrinking Gourd Project, Inc.more

Creation of an expansive "family tree" exhibit.

Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Liz Clayton
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $7,500
Project Grant
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Day History Marched Down Our StreetsArlington Historical Societymore

A permanent exhibit about the site of the most intense fighting on the first day of the American Revolution.

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

project director: Sara Lundberg
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $7,500

Support for an exhibit and lectures making the historical connection between people gathering socially and people organizing for political change.

Museum of African American History
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Chandra Harrington
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $6,500

A distribution grant for a documentary focused on the life of a Jewish teen living in Germany in the 1930s who was gradually targeted by the Nazis and eventually escaped to Britain and then to Massachusetts. The project produces a trailer and a curriculum guide, and includes 6 screenings, in order to build outreach to middle- and high school teachers.

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

project director: Susan Orleans Rieder
awarded on: 2019-06-14
amount: $8,750

Development of a tour focused on the life, writing, and activism of Robert Roberts, a leader in Boston's free black community and a servant at Gore Place. The tour emphasizes the value of labor over the denigration of service and explores the relationship between work, life, and activism, and the challenge of trying to change the world while also surviving in it.

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

project director: Susan Robertson
awarded on: 2019-03-15
amount: $7,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller House in CambridgeCambridge Historical Societymore

Funding to conduct and interpret 12 oral histories with affiliates of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, a 112-year-old settlement house, adding under-documented narratives into the archives that address the relationship between providers and patrons in the settlement house movement, and reflect on how such settlement houses were transformed by patrons who became providers.

Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Marieke Van Damme
awarded on: 2019-03-15
amount: $7,500

Support for moderated conversations following a series of one-act plays written by Patrick Gabridge.

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Jennifer Gilbert
awarded on: 2018-12-14
amount: $3,000

A project exploring how changing technologies have affected the fishing community in New Bedford that includes archival research, ethnographic interviews with members of the fishing community, two public exhibits, six panel discussions, and MA standards-based curricula for elementary and secondary school children.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2018-12-14
amount: $6,960

Research and planning for a permanent exhibit about the events based in Arlington on the first day of the American Revolution: April 19, 1775.

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

project director: Sara Lundberg
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $7,500
Project Grant
Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford MuseumWestford Museummore

The implementation of permanent exhibitions "Stories of Westford" and "History of Westford Academy," which will engage audiences in the history of Westford Academy-the state's oldest standing coeducational secondary school building-and Westford's beginnings.
(project website)

Westford Museum
Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Penny Lacroix
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $7,500

A series of public programs based on the influence and legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne to take place during the celebratory summer of 2018, which marks the 350th-anniversary of the House's founding.

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

project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
awarded on: 2018-03-16
amount: $5,025
Project Grant
Hull, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Windmill Point Historic InterpretationHull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.more

Permanent outdoor local history interpretive panels on the US Coast Guard presence in Hull.

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

project director: Victoria Stevens
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $7,500

A three-part performance-and-discussion series on the veteran experience designed to attract and engage both veterans and civilians.

Zeiterion Theatre
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Rosemary Gill
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $12,500

Implementation funds for eight local history organizations to implement capacity-building projects after completing six intensive workshops on best practices.

Pioneer Valley History Network
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Clifford McCarthy
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $7,500

Scholarly consulting, the creation of informative playbills, and a post-performance discussion of a student production of Peter Pan.

Oakmont Regional High School
Ashburnham, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Jeffrey Aubuchon
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $4,615
Project Grant
Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Activate the ArboretumAuburn Public Schoolsmore

An environmental history project for Auburn Public School students that is led by a humanities scholar and includes lessons, a photography project, an exhibit, and a tour.

Auburn Public Schools
Auburn, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Sarah Connell
awarded on: 2017-12-08
amount: $7,500
Project Grant
Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Museum of Russian Icons Audio Tour RevisionMuseum of Russian Iconsmore

A revamp of the museum's audio folklore tour with re-recorded content, new content, images, and professional translations in Russian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Tara Young
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500

Creation of three permanent low-profile interpretive wayside signs, a self-guided brochure, and a digital online "story map" for the site of the 1874 Williamsburg Reservoir Dam disaster.

Town of Williamsburg - Woodland Trails
Haydenville, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Paul Jahnige
awarded on: 2017-06-16
amount: $7,500
Project Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Photos de NosotrosLawrence Community Worksmore

A youth-led community development project investigating identities in Lawrence through research, photography, and documentation.

Lawrence Community Works
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Anna Elzer
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $6,095

An exhibition, a lecture series, and a series of Community Conversations related to the impact of labor, servitude, and slavery over four centuries.

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

project director: Julie Arrison-Bishop
awarded on: 2017-03-17
amount: $5,000

Transition of the interpretation of the Bradford House Museum to focus on the daughters who inhabited the house and were socially and politically active yet underrepresented in the house's history.

Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
Duxbury, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Erin McGough
awarded on: 2016-12-09
amount: $7,500
Project Grant
Chesterfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

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 (CT Valley)

project director: David S. Perkins
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000

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 (Cape & Islands)

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 (Cape & Islands)

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.
(project website)

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Diane O'Donoghue
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 (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

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 (Cape & Islands)

project director: Alison Weller
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Westford Stories: Permanent Exhibitions of the Westford MuseumWestford Museummore

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

Westford Museum
Westford, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

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 (Greater Boston)

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

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 (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Susan J. Bennett
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $5,000

A three-lecture series about the relationship between photographic processes and the "truth" in photography.

Newburyport Clean Tech Center
Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Asia Scudder
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $3,360
Project Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The MastheadsCity of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Developmentmore

A series of five community conversations about writers of the American renaissance in the Pittsfield in conjunction with the City's new writers' residency program.

City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Jen Glockner
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $5,000

Support for the 2016 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Jeff Hall-Flavin
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

Touching Home in China: Curriculum for EducatorsFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Distribution of a curriculum to accompany the film "Touching Home in China," including videos, trainings, and presentations about Chinese history and culture.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Melissa Ludtke
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
New York, NY, New York County

Olde Colraine: A Musical Hilltown HistoryFractured Atlasmore

Performer Jonathan Mirin's expansion and development of a new version of "Mill, Mountain, River: A Child's Eye View of Older Colraine," a local history theatre piece adapted to different communities which share Coleraine's mill history and to be performed at the SYRUP Festival in Shelburne Falls.

Fractured Atlas
New York, NY, New York County

project director: Jonathan Mirin
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $4,500
Project Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

New Rep Spotlight Symposium SeriesNew Repertory Theatremore

A symposium series in conjunction with theatrical productions that explore the connections between religion, science, and identity.

New Repertory Theatre
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Adrienne Boris
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000

Support for the Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series, featuring international film and documentary premiers and focusing on international cultural understanding.

Belmont World Film
Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Ellen Gitelman
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Spirit Voices: Pacific Northwest Native MythsBerkshire Museummore

A five-month exhibition that explores and dramatizes the cultural heritage of various Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest through myths and stories embodied in art, artifacts, and performances.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Maria Mingalone
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $4,680
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