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

Period of Performance

6/15/2020 - 12/31/2020

Funding Totals

$15,662.00 (approved)
$14,025.00 (awarded)

"I Remember When", Wellness through Connection & Local History on TV & internet

FAIN: GA-276608-20

Fitchburg Historical Society (Fitchburg, MA 01420-3111)
Susan L. Navarre (Project Director: May 2020 to April 2023)

Retain one staff member, hire new staff position, and employ two consultants to develop a TV program showing the connections between personal and local history, along with wellness issues from prolonged isolation.

online streaming. It will provide regularly available and responsive use of local history to connect people otherwise isolated due to COVID 19, its aftermath, and other illnesses and infirmities. There will be an emphasis on conversation back and forth between the presenters and the viewers. Many people are using the enforced isolation of the quarantine to sort through their personal records and memorabilia. The process is increasing their interest in how their personal history relates to their community, and they approach the Fitchburg Historical Society more information. This program exists to provide tools for 1. valuing the history that these people have witnessed 2. Learning more local history 3. processing emotions raised by these artifacts and 4. Reflecting on their life experiences. The presenters will include both local historians and and local specialists in wellness, gerontology or psychology.

Media Coverage

Join Fitchburg's Letters from 2020 Project (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Cheryl Cuddahy
Publication: Sentinel and Enterprise
Date: 12/27/2020
Abstract: Described collaboration between Fitchburg Historical Society and First Parish Church to collect memories from 2020 for time capsule. Also referenced Fitchburg Historical Society use of memoirs for new "I Remember When Program"

Lunchbox Radio Talk Show (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sherman Whitman, Travis Condon
Publication: WPKZ AM and FM
Date: 7/3/2020
Abstract: Executive Director Susan Navarre appeared three times from July to December 2020 to discuss questions in Fitchburg history and discuss the "I Remember When" program and project.

Associated Products

I Remember When (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: I Remember When
Writer: Sally Cragin, writer of Artists and Ancestors
Writer: Susan Navarre
Director: Fitchburg Historical Society
Producer: Fitchburg Historical Society
Abstract: Thirty minute programs created from the documents, photos, research and interviews conducted by the Fitchburg Historical Society, covering the history and culture of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The first season included coverage of: a newly-digitized version of a 40-minute film created in Fitchburg in 1941; music composed for Fitchburg as part of the 2000 millennium celebration by contemporary composer Barbara White; artist and museum founder Eleanor Norcross and educational innovation in her times; theatrical sketches of important historic personages from Fitchburg; modernist architecture of the 20th century; the experiences of Fitchburg's "Boy Mayor" Bill Flynn in 1970-73.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Video on Demand: I Remember When, Fitchburg Access TV
Access Model: broadcast in Fitchburg area, available free on internet
Format: Web