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Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Albany, NY, Albany County

Will We Ever Learn?.. The Struggle for Equality, One Group at a TimeWAMCmore

Three hour-long segments of its morning program, The Roundtable; the segments will explore parallels between various struggles for equality in American history. Interviewees will include such important figures as Anita Hill, Robert Reich, and Alex Keyssar, among others.

WAMC
Albany, NY, Albany County

project director: Joe Donahue
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Project: Media Grant
Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County

Fire and Ice: The Life and Legacy of Frances PerkinsHamline Universitymore

Development of a trailer for a PBS documentary on the life of Frances Perkins, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor and the architect of Social Security, minimum wage, and other New Deal legislation.

Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County

project director: Mick Caouette
awarded on: 2011-12-09
amount: $10,000
Discussion: Reading Grant
Barnstable, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Intellectual Seeds: the Bounty of William Sturgis, Past and PresentSturgis Librarymore

Reading and discussion seires sampling the four books most popular with the library's patrons in its inaugural year.

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

project director: Antonia Stephens
awarded on: 2011-10-28
amount: $500
Project Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

1704 Raid Printed Walking TourHistoric Deerfield, Inc.more

Creation of a printed trail guide to the 1704 French and Indian raid on Deerfield, as seen through the eyes of the various participants.

Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Amanda Rivera Lopez
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $4,690
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

TRUTH: A New Folk Opera About the Life of Sojourner TruthOld Deerfield Productions, Inc.more

Three full-scale performances of "TRUTH: A New Folk Opera about the Life of Sojourner Truth".. The opera - which examines the life of this fascinating figure, abolitionist, and suffragist - will occur in the Pioneer Valley and in Springfield and will be accompanied by educational programs for audiences.

Old Deerfield Productions, Inc.
Deerfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Linda McInerney
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Follow the ThreadJewish Federation of the Berkshiresmore

The addition of youth and community engagement programs to "Follow the Thread," a distinctive multimedia exhibit that chronicles the key contributions of the Jewish immigration movement to historic fashion and the ready-to-wear industry. The programs will accompany the exhibit's installation in Lee, Lawrence, and Gloucester.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Jacqueline Cooper
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Isaiah Thomas - Patriot PrinterCultureLeapmore

To help bring Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer, a one-man living history performance, to every fifth grader in the 34 public elementary schools in Worcester. The show introduces students to Thomas, who published the early newspaper "The Massachusetts Spy" and founded the American Antiquarian Society in 1812.

CultureLeap
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Kristin Bafaro
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Historic Newton Underground Railroad Exhibition: Anthony Burns Audio StationHistoric Newtonmore

An interactive exhibit on the conflicts and rioting around the 1854 capture, trial, and extradition of the enslaved Anthony Burns, as part of the reinstallation of its Underground Railroad exhibit.

Historic Newton
Newton, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Melissa Westlake
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $9,964
Project: Social Media Outreach Grant
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Social Media for "Never Stand Still"Jacob's Pillow Dance Festivalmore

Organization of a social media campaign in support of its new documentary on the legendary history of the organization and its influence in the world of dance.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Lisa Niedermeyer
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000

Production of a film trailer for "First Down: The History of American College Football", which will become a four-part series on the subject of college football that also provokes debate on the controversies of sport, race, and masculinity.

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

project director: Ron Lamothe
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

We Shall Not Be MovedCity Life / Vida Urbanamore

Support for the installation of We Shall Not Be Moved, a traveling exhibit that profiles the people and communities embroiled in the current housing and foreclosure crises, and examines the humanistic questions these crises raise.

City Life / Vida Urbana
Jamaica Plain, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kelly Creedon
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

The High Notes of Roxbury's Jazz HIstory: An Oral History ProjectDiscover Roxburymore

An oral history project on jazz in Roxbury and its role in developing several key ideas and tactics that influenced the Civil Rights Movement. This compelling history will be delivered via trolley tours.

Discover Roxbury
Roxbury, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Derek Lumpkins
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

All Access Boston Harbor - Treasures of Spectacle.Save the Harbor/Save the Baymore

Support for an educational program that teaches the archaeological interpretation of beachcombing, specifically when canvassing for treasures on Spectacle Island, the site of a former garbage dump for the city of Boston and now a park and recreation area.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Bruce Berman
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Paul Cuffe: A Man for All TimesNew Bedford Whaling Museummore

Support for "Cuffe's Kitchen," an interactive audio exhibit on the life and work of Paul Cuffe, an 18th century whaler of Wampanoag and African-American descent who started the West India Trading Company. Cuffe, who became one of the wealthiest men in the emerging nation, used his power and influence to fight against slavery and for civil rights.

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

project director: Greg Galer
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Mother of All Strikes: Bread and Roses Strike of 1912Lawrence History Center / Immigrant City Archivesmore

An interactive, multimedia exhibit on the famous Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. The exhibit will not only analyze the strike but also its longstanding implications in terms of workers' rights, unemployment, unions, and the state of Lawrence today.

Lawrence History Center / Immigrant City Archives
Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Barbara Brown
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
North Easton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

City of Champions: A Portrait of BrocktonStonehill Collegemore

A sociological collaboration between students and townspeople that will result in an exhibit of banner-sized portraits of Brockton residents hung in the city center. A written guide authored by local students will accompany the installation.

Stonehill College
North Easton, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Mary Beth Meehan
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $7,500

a series of lectures and discussions on Chinese-American history and its influences in the region. The series will be supplemented with exhibits of unusual artifacts from the Society's impressive archive.

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

project director: Nancy Eng
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Theatrical Events for Cambridgeport History DayCambridge Historical Societymore

Development of vignette performances for this year's Cambridgeport History Day celebration on such key themes as immigration, race and ethnic identity, and urban development.

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

project director: Catherine Zusy
awarded on: 2011-06-11
amount: $5,000
Research Inventory Grant
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Polish Immigration in HatfieldHatfield Historical Societymore

Inventory of documents relating to Polish immigration to Hatfield in the first half of the 20th century.

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

project director: George H. Ashley
awarded on: 2011-06-01
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Cummington, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The Antislavery Movement in Antebellum Cummington, MassachusettsCummington Historical Commissionmore

Research in preparation for a 2012 exhibit on the antislavery movement in Cummington.

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

project director: Carla Ness
awarded on: 2011-06-01
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Cocoanut Grove Fire Materials Research ProjectThe Boston Fire Historical Societymore

Inventory of the collections of Charles Kenney and Jack Deady regarding the Cocoanut Grove Fire.

The Boston Fire Historical Society
Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Ted Gerber
awarded on: 2011-06-01
amount: $1,500

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
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

The Greatest Anxiety: South Danvers on the Brink of WarPeabody Institute Librarymore

Public programming for an exhibit on Civil War archival materials, specifically those related to the deployment of local men to the war.

Peabody Institute Library
Peabody, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Nancy Barthelemy
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $2,000
Project Grant
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

"You Belong to Me"Ashfield Historical Societymore

A multimedia performance based on the exhibit, "World War II Veterans' Voices." The performance will feature monologues from characters at a restaurant who provide personal oral histories of World War II. The performances will take place at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School and the Shelburne Falls Senior Center.

Ashfield Historical Society
Ashfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Jacqueline Cooper
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $1,800
Project Grant
Albuquerque, NM, Bernalillo County

Peace Corps at 50 Radio DocumentaryGood Radio Shows, Inc.more

One-hour documentary on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, its efforts in international peacemaking and service, and how the organization has changed since the 1960s.

Good Radio Shows, Inc.
Albuquerque, NM, Bernalillo County

project director: Amy Mayer
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

One Play, One Community: Romeo & JulietPlimoth Plantation, Incmore

Staging of the project, "One Play, One Community: Romeo and Juliet," which will involve a wide range of constituents in the production of Shakespeare's beloved classic. Multigenerational audiences throughout the community will be engaged via reading and discussion groups, classes, children's programs in local libraries, and a television broadcast.

Plimoth Plantation, Inc
Plymouth, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Richard Pickering
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $9,251
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Hawley, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

Sanford Tavern Archaeological Excavation and Education ProjectSons and Daughters of Hawley, Inc.more

Archeological dig for high school students at Sanford Tavern in Hawley. The project will uncover craft and cooking habits, as well as explore aspects of tavern life, in the early 19th century.

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

project director: John F. Sears
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

The Crisis of Race from the History and Legacy of Slavery in New EnglandThe Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slaverymore

Teacher development workshops in Medford and Deerfield based on the film "Traces of the Trade", which chronicles the history of the slave trade in New England.

The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery
Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Kristin Gallas
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

BEYOND BELIEF Educational OutreachFilmmakers Collaborativemore

Creation, testing, and distribution of a curriculum for "Beyond Belief", a film that explores the aftermath of 9/11 through the eyes of American women whose spouses died in the tragedy as they travel to Afghanistan.

Filmmakers Collaborative
Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Beth Murphy
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

5CLIR Civil War Symposium - Civil War Causes and ConsequencesFive Colleges, Incmore

Two-day public symposium on Civil War history. The conference features many of the most notable names in Civil War scholarship and offers compelling workshops for attendees.

Five Colleges, Inc
Amherst, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Charles K. Gillies
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Having the Life of Our Times: Reflecting on an Iraqi/American Mural ProjectNorthampton Center for the Artsmore

Community programming around an exhibit of 15 murals created by Iraqi and American children. The programming, which includes a play performance, film screening, panel discussions, and a dance performance, addresses such topics as the effects of violence on children and marginalized voices.

Northampton Center for the Arts
Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Claudia Lefko
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $9,910
Project: Crisis, Community, & Civic Culture Grant
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

The Charlemont Forum: The Use and Misuse of Religion in American Political LifeCharlemont Federated Churchmore

A three-part series on the use and misuse of religion in American political life as part of its annual summer program serving the hill towns of Western Massachusetts.

Charlemont Federated Church
Charlemont, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Susan S. Purdy
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $6,300
Project Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Extreme Sport: Jousting Then and NowHiggins Armory Museum - closed 2013more

An interactive exhibit entitled "Extreme Sport: Jousting Then and Now," which will examine the role jousting had in Medieval times and explore the larger implications of the period's warfare and history. The exhibit features flip-books, virtual activities, and computer learning tools.

Higgins Armory Museum - closed 2013
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Jeffrey L. Forgeng
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $5,000
Project Grant
Waltham, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Stonehurst Permanent Exhibits and Signage ProjectStonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estatemore

Creation of permanent signage that will educate the public about the historic value and significance of Stonehurst, a late 19th-century house owned by well-known reformers Robert Treat and Lydia Lyman Paine. The house and grounds were designed by H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted, respectively.

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

project director: Ann Clifford
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Worcester's Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon ToursCanal District Alliancemore

Expansion of the horse and wagan tours training program and hiring of additional students to become living-history guides and perform public education tours about the area using horse-drawn hay wagons.

Canal District Alliance
Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Elizabeth Bacon
awarded on: 2011-03-11
amount: $10,000
Project: Social Media Outreach Grant
Dennis Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

Hit and Run History: The Columbia ExpeditionCape Cod Community Media Centermore

Creation of a website and social media campaign for its public television series, The Columbia Expedition, which chronicles the exploration credited with jumpstarting the Massachusetts economy after the Revolutionary War.

Cape Cod Community Media Center
Dennis Port, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Andrew G. Buckley
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Visitor Orientation Exhibition: A New Vision for New AudiencesHancock Shaker Villagemore

Development of a new exhibit that examines issues of environmental responsibility, communal living, sustainable agriculture, and other core values of the Shaker community.

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Lesley Herzberg
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $5,000
Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

StoriesLive - Storytelling and High School Story Slam ProjectMassmouth, Inc.more

Storytelling programs in 10 public high schools that will enhance intellectual skills and public speaking and culminate in a regional "story slam" competition.

Massmouth, Inc.
Brookline, MA, Norfolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Norah Dooley
awarded on: 2010-12-10
amount: $10,000

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