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Scholar in Residence Grant
Medford, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Susanna Rowson in Medford 1799-1803Medford Historical Societymore

Research on and transcription of their Swan Collection of letters, along with two public lectures on the material.

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

project director: Kyna Hamill
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $3,500

Research on the Society's collection of business records, photos, and artifacts from the local machine shop to develop a better understanding of how and why a small precision manufacturing shop, with global connections, grew and prospered in a small agricultural community in western Massachusetts

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

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2017-05-08
amount: $3,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on StonehurstStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

Research that will form the foundation for future programs at the summer estate of activist and reformer Robert Treat Paine.

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

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2016-10-17
amount: $3,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

At Sword's Point: A Labor History of GreenfieldMuseum of Our Industrial Heritagemore

Research and an overview history of local factory labor based on materials in the collection of the Museum and other sources.

Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: James Terapane
awarded on: 2016-03-18
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Understanding Early 20th Century Medical Care in HatfieldHatfield Historical Societymore

Examination and interpretation of Hatfield Historical Museum's medical collection from the early 1900s, focusing on Dr. Charles A. Byrne.

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

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2015-03-20
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Listening to Change on Working WaterfrontCommunity Economic Development Centermore

Development of a thematic and comprehensive understanding of facilitated discussion with the fishing community recorded since 2004 on the Narrative Stage and preparation of the materials for archival storage and public access.

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

project director: Laura Orleans
awarded on: 2014-03-31
amount: $3,000

Research into and documentation of the land use history of Hawk Valley Farm (1664), a five-acre conservation property that is still occupied by the descendants of the settlers.

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

project director: Jane Calvin
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Elizabeth Cadman WhiteWestport Historical Societymore

Research into the life of Elizabeth Cadman White (1685-1768), one of the first owners of the 1710 Cadman-White-Handy House, and her social, cultural, economic, and political environment.

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

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2013-03-15
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

The Jacob Whittemore House - A Whittemore Family BiographyMinute Man National Historic Parkmore

Research into the multigenerational Whittemore family.

Minute Man National Historic Park
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Leslie Obleschuk
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,650
Scholar in Residence Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

The Cultural Landscape of Herman Melville's ArrowheadBerkshire Historical Societymore

Research into the cultural landscape of Arrowhead, Herman Melville's farm in Pittsfield, during the period of his residency from 1850-1862, in order to better interpret Melville's life and work.

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

project director: Will Garrison
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $2,900
Scholar in Residence Grant
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Antislavery Movement in CummingtonCummington Historical Commissionmore

Support for research on the extensive antislavery activity that took place in the small rural hilltown of Cummington during the three decades that preceded the Civil War.

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

project director: Carla Ness
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $3,000

Transcription and translation of 20 videotaped oral histories of former and current Franco-American residents of Salem.

Salem State University
Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Susan Edwards
awarded on: 2012-03-09
amount: $3,000

Research on a collection regarding the "New Organization" Liberty and Free Soil abolitionists who were active in Northampton Center, with the goal of placing abolition and the "underground railroad" in their proper context for programming.

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

project director: Steve Strimer
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Pathways to the Past: Primary Sources for Primary GradesNorth Andover Historical Societymore

Identification of themes that come out of the Society's holdings and North Andover history that match the Massachusetts Frameworks curriculum; those materials will then be made accessible to teachers for use in classrooms.

North Andover Historical Society
North Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Inga C. Larson
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $3,000

Research on the architectural style and historical significance of municipal and commercial buildings in Norwood that were designed by architect William G. Upham between 1910 and 1930, in order to interpret their relevance to the town's civic identity and the landscape through public programming.

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

project director: Patricia Fanning
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $2,952
Scholar in Residence Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

New Perspectives on the History of Redware in Peabody MAPeabody Historical Societymore

Research on and interpretation of the Society's collection of redware pottery for an exhibit in 2011.

Peabody Historical Society
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Heather Leavell
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $2,809
Scholar in Residence Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

The Relics of RebellionWorcester Historical Museummore

Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of military objects from the Civil War for a 150th anniversary exhibit.

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

project director: Holly Izard
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

"In the Course of Their Cultivation"Gore Placemore

Transcription of farm journals, contextualize Gore Place farming of the Federal era, and integrate the information into a new farm plan.

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

project director: Tamar Agulian
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Beverly, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Mohicans in Western MassachusettsTrustees of Reservationsmore

Research into Mohican cultural resources in preparation for reinterpreting the Mission House and Monument Mountain in Stockbridge.

Trustees of Reservations
Beverly, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Will Garrison
awarded on: 2010-03-12
amount: $2,962
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Finding Voices in the SilenceForest Hills Educational Trustmore

Identification and research of African Americans buried at Forest Hills and incorporation of the findings into a walking tour.

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

project director: Cecily Miller
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Westport, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

The 19th Century Westport Woman: Exploring her Life through her ClothesWestport Historical Societymore

Research and interpretation of the Society's collection of clothes used by women in the rural community of Westport during the nineteenth century.

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

project director: Jenny O'Neill
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $3,000
Scholar in Residence Grant
Truro, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Native American Occupation of Pamet River DrainageTruro Historical Societymore

Research on a collection of Native American artifacts from the Rose Farm area of Corn Hill in Truro, and provide interpretive material for scholars and visitors.

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

project director: Deborah Minsky
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $2,750
Scholar in Residence Grant
Sunderland, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

North Sunderland and the Connecticut RiverSunderland Historical Commissionmore

Research on North Sunderland's relation to the natural resources of the Connecticut River, incorporating insights from natural and environmental history in a historic tour.

Sunderland Historical Commission
Sunderland, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda Lopatka
awarded on: 2009-03-13
amount: $2,862

Research on the planning, landscape design, preservation and promotion of Stockbridge from 1853-1993 by the Laurel Hill Association.

Stockbridge Library
Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Barbara Allen
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Early Turkish Immigrants in Peabody and the Leather IndustryGeorge Peabody House Museummore

Research into the history and influence of the Turkish people on the city of Peabody during the leatherworking period of the late 19th and early 20th century.

George Peabody House Museum
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Merritt Kirkpatrick
awarded on: 2008-06-13
amount: $2,000

Research to analyze and annotate the primary source documents produced by several women in mid-nineteenth century Westfield. Electronic and written resources will be produced for use by patrons, students, and visiting scholars.

Westfield Athenaeum
Westfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Ralph Melnick
awarded on: 2008-06-01
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Rediscovering Hawley's Old Town CommonSons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.more

Document the establishment of Hawley's old town common identifying the people involved and examining their motives.

Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Raymond L. Gotta
awarded on: 2008-05-01
amount: $2,478
Scholar in Residence Grant
Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum SIRAttleboro Area Industrial Museummore

Research into Attleboro's great fire of 1898.

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
Attleboro, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: George Shelton
awarded on: 2007-04-15
amount: $2,500
Scholar in Residence Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Inquiry into the Role of African-Americans at Old NorthOld North Foundationmore

Research on the lives of enslaved and free Africans and African-Americans who were members of the Old North congregation.

Old North Foundation
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Christine Baron
awarded on: 2007-03-13
amount: $2,500
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
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
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
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