Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund for Community Preservation Grants
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Nov 8, 2022
The 2022 Herbert and Louise Whitney Community Preservation Grants were recently awarded
Historic New England annually awards grants to one small to medium-sized heritage organization in each New England state to support projects that save and share their communities’ diverse history and culture as part of telling the whole story of New England. This year, Community Preservation Grants are awarded to:
Connecticut – Mattatuck Museum This grant will be used to digitize interviews from the African American Oral History Project, which documented the experiences of African Americans in Waterbury in the early to mid-twentieth century.
Maine – Presque Isle Air Museum The grant will fund the creation and installation of a new World War II theme board documenting the involvement of Presque Isle in the defense of the nation, to be displayed in the new Presque Isle International Airport passenger terminal.
Massachusetts – National Society of Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts This funding will contribute to the reinterpretation of the Martin House Farm in Swansea which will incorporate an indigenous perspective. Research will encompass the Wampanoag Tribe and the role of Swansea in King Phillip’s War, contributing to a narrative that will be integrated into an existing education program that all Swansea fifth graders experience at the site.
New Hampshire – Sandwich Historical Society This grant will be used to fund an indigenous cultural anthropologist’s research into the collections of the historical society, which will illuminate the indigenous context of these creations in order to share them with the public.
Rhode Island – Rhode Island Latino Arts The funding will be used to purchase recorders, headsets, and microphones that, along with discussion, debate, and practice, will help teach fellows how to record oral histories as part of the Latinx Oral Historians Program.
Vermont – Vermont Granite Museum of Barre The grant will be used to create a podcast detailing the life, death, and legacy of renowned immigrant sculptor Elias Corti. The podcast will contextualize his contributions and experiences in the social struggles of the early-twentieth century, including the American labor movement, immigration, cultural identity, prejudice and discrimination, and politics.
About the Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund for Community Preservation
The endowment fund that supports the Community Preservation Grants Program is named in honor of Herbert and Louise Whitney to recognize their deep appreciation and love of all things New England, in particular the Bishop family farm in North Woodstock, Connecticut.