Public Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Period of Performance

6/15/2020 - 3/31/2021

Funding Totals

$300,000.00 (approved)
$294,206.00 (awarded)

The Mount Humanities Programming in Response to COVID-19

FAIN: GA-274355-20

Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc. (Lenox, MA 01240-0974)
Anne K. Schuyler (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Susan Wissler (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)

The retention of fifteen staff members to work on online programing and preparation for reopening of The Mount. 

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center dedicated to the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of author Edith Wharton. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will develop and present humanities programming that will enable us to retain seven year-round and eight seasonal humanities staff positions. From June through December 2020, The Mount will focus on internet-based experiences and, once public health regulations allow, modified in-person programs and tours. Humanities programming will include online conversations with authors of contemporary fiction, online and in-person lectures by historians and biographers, explorations of Wharton’s life and work, audio and virtual tours of the property, and research support for scholars. A grant from the NEH will enable us to retain humanities staff and programming despite the significant reduction in earned income from programs and visitors caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Media Coverage

2020 At The Mount (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Joe Donahue
Publication: WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Date: 7/29/2021
Abstract: Website entry and link to radio interview with WMAC host Joe Donahue and Susan Wissler, executive director, The Mount. The Mount's ARP grant from NEH is listed in the description.

Wharton's home, The Mount, to reopen Thursday for self-guided tours (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Clarence Fanto
Publication: The Berkshire Eagle
Date: 7/15/2020
Abstract: Newspaper story about the opening of The Mount during COVID. Susan Wissler, executive director, is quoted, giving reference to the NEH ARP grant, online programming, and timed entry tickets as part of The Mount's response during the pandemic.

Associated Products

Writing The Age of Innocence (Exhibition)
Title: Writing The Age of Innocence
Curator: Anne K. Schuyler
Abstract: This on-line exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of "The Age of Innocence," Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Exhibit link on The Mount's website.

Edith Wharton and The Mount (Audio Tour) (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Edith Wharton and The Mount (Audio Tour)
Writer: Anne K. Schuyler, Nick Hudson and Michelle dempsey
Producer: Anne K. Schuyler, Nick Hudson, and Michelle Dempsey
Abstract: This Mount's audio tour is designed to increase options for experiencing The Mount, especially during the pandemic when guided tours were not allowed. The audio tour was provided on the OnCell mobile application and The Mount's website.
Year: 2021
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This URL provides a link on The Mount's website for the audio tour.
Secondary URL Description: The OnCell application is available from Ap Stores.
Access Model: Open access
Format: Other

Glimpses of The Mount (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Glimpses of The Mount
Writer: Nick Hudson
Writer: Patricia Pin
Director: Robert Oakes
Producer: Nick Hudson
Producer: Robert Oakes
Abstract: These are a series of short videos designed during COVID to give our online audience access to The Mount house and grounds along with providing historical context for Wharton's life at The Mount and in The Berkshires.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This link is on The Mount's website.
Format: Digital File

Library Insights (Web Resource)
Title: Library Insights
Author: Anne K. Schuyler
Author: Nynke Dorhout
Author: Nick Hudson
Abstract: Library Insights provide resources about specific books from Edith Wharton's private library at The Mount. By looking at her book subjects, notes and emphera, this web resource provides a better understanding of Wharton's reading and curiosity in self-learning.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This URL is a link on The Mount's website.

The Mount Writes! (Web Resource)
Title: The Mount Writes!
Author: Michelle Dempsey
Abstract: The Mount Writes! is a web source providing Wharton quotes to stir the imaginaion of writers, encouraging them to use the quotes and photographs as a starting point for their own writing.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This web resource is located on The Mount's website.

Past Programs (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Past Programs
Writer: Various
Director: Various
Producer: Various
Abstract: As we shifted to live on-line programs duirng the Pandemic, we kept recordings so that a wider audience could share in these programs.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This is a link to Past Programs on The Mount website. Because this section is still under construction, it does not yet include all recorded programs. This is part of The Mount's website re-design.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: All our recorded programs are found at this URL connecting to The Mount's Vimeo folder. We are adding these to The Mount website.
Access Model: Open Access
Format: Digital File