NEH CARES Act grant awarded to Historic New England
Jul 6, 2020
Thanks to the hard work of staff from across the organization, Historic New England received a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) CARES Act grant. We are one of 317 cultural institutions across the country to receive an award and one of only thirty-five to receive awards for $290,000 and above. The funds will be used to create virtual visitor experiences for six sites.
“This project will significantly advance our commitment to sharing our historic sites and resources,” said Historic New England President and CEO Vin Cipolla. “This is one way we can use digital technology to be there for our communities.”
Thanks to the NEH CARES Act grant we expand both the scale and scope of our visitor outreach. Historic New England will use this grant to create virtual tours and enhanced websites for six historic places, one in each New England state. We will focus on New England stories and add new 360-degree interior photography to provide access to spaces not on public view such as attics, outbuildings, and other rooms. The project will focus on five historic properties and one stand-alone program.
Casey Farm in Saunderstown, R.I., is a remarkable working organic farm with a c. 1750 farmhouse at its core. Visitors will have the opportunity to inspect our vast collection of digitized family documents and learn about the history of farming in southern New England.
Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, Maine, was used by the author as inspiration for her writing. The project highlights excerpts from her writings about life in rural Maine at the turn of the twentieth century.
Otis House in Boston, Mass., started out as the home of Harrison Gray Otis and Sally Foster Otis. It was later used as a medicinal bathhouse and boarding house. This is a wonderful chance to explore maps of Boston’s ever-changing West End neighborhood and detailed scrapbooks from the groundbreaking restorations in 1920 and 1970.
Rundlet-May House in Portsmouth, N.H. Technology drives the story of this urban estate lived in by three generations of the Rundlet family. Visitors will learn more about the nearly intact 1807 Rumford kitchen and the original invoices for all household equipment and furnishings.
Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Conn., is a Victorian gem and a wonderful example of the Gothic Revival style. This project highlights original architectural drawings, family photographs, and correspondence.
The Vermont project will use material from More than a Market: Finding Community in Burlington. This project, part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series, explores the role of food markets for immigrants in Burlington neighborhoods and will include contemporary and archival photographs, a tour of a present-day market, oral histories, and an overview of local immigration history.
NEH CARES Act
The grant is part of the NEH CARES Act economic stabilization program. These grants support essential operations at more than three hundred cultural institutions across the country. The NEH was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency. It supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the NEH and its grant programs is available at neh.gov.