Historic New England receives grant to support “Recovering New England’s Voices” initiative

Jan 18, 2023

Historic New England was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Americana Foundation to fund the work of Recovering New England’s Voices Scholar Erika Slocumb.

During the first year of Recovering New England’s Voices four full-time scholars dedicated to researching historically marginalized peoples uncovered more than 580 previously unknown stories through extensive research at regional archives and libraries, oral histories, community outreach, and interviews with other researchers and volunteers in our communities.

This year, Slocumb is building on this research by focusing on the stories of free Black and enslaved individuals connected to Historic New England’s sites and communities.

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She is working closely with colleagues and community sources to further research these themes and generate new tour experiences and public programs based on her findings. Her work supports the transition from the research phase into the restructuring phase of the Recovering New England’s Voices initiative. It develops action plans for identifying the historic sites with the most potential for a reimagined site interpretation and how those expanded visitor experiences will take shape.

Funding transformative work

The Americana Foundation grant will directly support research reports, interpretive plans, public programs, and staff training sessions. Recovering New England’s Voices is the most comprehensive undertaking by Historic New England to conduct meaningful and challenging research that tells the full New England story at our thirty-eight historic sites and public and school programs to present a more complete, inclusive, and authentic New England history.

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