Natick Historical Society Receives Mass Humanities Grant

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NATICK – Mass Humanities announced today, April 8, the awarding of $250,000 to 59 non-profit organizations across Massachusetts, through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

A new round of grants from Mass Humanities will give museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations the opportunity to reach their audiences digitally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

From laptops to website upgrades, mobile walking tours to virtual exhibits, the Digital Capacity Grants announced today provide residents with access to their heritage despite social distancing.

“These grants are part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, but they also provide a preview of the future of public humanities programming,” said Mass Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles. “As we begin to rebuild from the impacts of this crisis, our communities deserve the chance to engage with each other and our cultural heritage. It’s also clear that the digital space offers organizations the chance to build their audiences.”

Among the grant winners was the Natick Historical Society, which received a $2,500 grant.

Other non-profit organizations receiving funds this year are:

Organization NameGrant AmountOrganization City
Berkshire Museum$5,000.00Pittsfield
Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc$3,050.00Lenox
Norman Rockwell Museum$5,000.00Stockbridge
Sheffield Historical Society$1,440.00Sheffield
Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center$4,625.00Windsor
The Bidwell House Museum$3,650.00Monterey
WAM Theatre$5,000.00Lenox
Cape Arts & Entertainment – Cape Symphony$5,000.00Hyannis
Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Inc$2,810.00East Falmouth
Cuttyhunk Historical Society$5,000.00Cuttyhunk
Falmouth HIstorical Society$2,500.00Falmouth
Payomet$5,000.00Truro
Black Heritage Festival Committee$3,000.00Worcester
Fitchburg Historical Society$3,100.00Fitchburg
Sandy Pond School Association$800.00Ayer
Worcester Youth Center$5,000.00Worcester
Amherst Historical Society$3,000.00Amherst
Emily Dickinson Museum$5,000.00Amherst
Forbes Library$4,999.00Northampton
Hatfield Historical Society$4,449.00Hatfield
Local Access to Valley Arts$5,000.00Greenfield
Plainfield Historical Society$4,000.00Plainfield
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association$5,000.00Deerfield
Springfield Museums$3,900.00Springfield
The David Ruggles Center$5,000.00Florence
The Literacy Project$5,000.00Greenfield
Valley Arts Mentors$4,000.00Holyoke
ANIKAYA/Akhra, Inc$5,000.00Somerville
Boston Center for the Arts$5,000.00Boston
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center$5,000.00Boston
Boston Women’s Heritage Trail$5,000.00Dorchester
Convergence Ensemble$4,500.00Boston
DEAFinitely, Inc$5,000.00Newton
Guerilla Opera$3,000.00Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum$5,000.00Boston
Old North Foundation of Boston$4,500.00Boston
Paul Revere House$5,000.00Boston
Photographic Preservation Center$3,500.00Cambridge
Somerville Museum$3,540.00Somerville
The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston$5,000.00Boston
Theatre Espresso$5,000.00Jamaica Plain
Union of Minority Neighborhoods$5,000.00Boston
Dedham Historical Society$5,000.00Dedham
Natick Historical Society$2,500.00Natick
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research$4,980.00Belmont
Beyond Walls$5,000.00Lynn
Cape Ann Museum$4,989.00Gloucester
Danvers Historical Society$5,000.00Danvers
Lawrence History Center$5,000.00Lawrence
Marblehead Museum$3,160.00Marblehead
Public Health Museum in Massachusetts$4,985.00Tewksbury
The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association$3,367.00Salem
Westford Museum$1,725.00Westford
Handshouse Studio$5,000.00Norwell
Hull Lifesaving Museum$5,000.00Hull
Massachusetts Design Art Technology Institute$5,000.00New Bedford
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center$3,750.00New Bedford
New Bedford Preservation Society$3,900.00New Bedford
Old Colony Historical Society$4,780.00Taunton

Mass Humanities, a non-profit based in Northampton, conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1974, the organization has provided millions of dollars in support of thousands of humanities projects across the Commonwealth. Established as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources.

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