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Organization name: Old Sturbridge Village

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BP-261032-18Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningOld Sturbridge, Inc.Old Sturbridge Village Interpretive and Educational Plan9/1/2018 - 8/31/2019$75,000.00Rhys Simmons   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2018U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Development of a new interpretive plan and educational materials for Old Sturbridge Village to mark the site’s seventy-fifth anniversary in 2021.

Old Sturbridge Village respectfully requests a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of a new Interpretation and Education Plan. Old Sturbridge Village, located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is one of the nation’s oldest living history museums and has depicted 19th century rural New England life through costumed interpreters, historic homes, curatorial exhibitions, and educational offerings to an audience of more than 21 million visitors since opening in 1946. The Village’s training and resource materials have not been comprehensively reviewed or significantly revised since the 1970s. Throughout this project the Village will work with scholars, consultants, and partnering institutions to develop a new Interpretation and Education Plan that creates impactful visitor experiences, connects with a modern audience, and better reflects the diversity of our community both past and present.

BR-271425-20Public Programs: Historic Places: ImplementationOld Sturbridge, Inc.Foundations of Interpretation9/1/2020 - 12/31/2023$250,000.00Rhys Simmons   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2020Public HistoryHistoric Places: ImplementationPublic Programs25000002500000

Implementation of a new interpretive plan at Old Sturbridge Village expanding tours to reflect the diversity of early New England.

Foundations of Interpretation aims to address key components of Old Sturbridge Village’s new Interpretation and Education Plan as part of a broader, museum-wide commitment to relevancy and visitor engagement. The plan outlines the initiatives that Old Sturbridge Village will undertake to create more impactful visitor experiences, connect with a broader audience, and better reflect the diversity of New England both past and present. The $500,000 being requested from NEH for Foundations of Interpretation will support an expanded staff training program, updated interpretive guides for all staffed exhibits, the development of purposeful learning and social-emotional targets, and improved interpretive signage, as well as a two-year Position in the Public Humanities.

BR-50017-06Public Programs: Historic Places: ImplementationOld Sturbridge, Inc.Back to Our Roots: A New Vision of New England Farming and Rural Life1/1/2007 - 12/31/2009$280,000.00J. Edward Hood   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2006U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: ImplementationPublic Programs2600002000026000020000

Implementation of three permanent exhibitions that explore the market-driven transformation of rural life and landscape in New England farming, 1790-1840.

OOld Sturbridge Village, a history center and outdoor museum of rural New England life, seeks support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for an implementation project, Back to Our Roots: A New Vision of Farming and Rural Life, aimed at creating a new integrated approach to the visitor’s experience and understanding of New England agriculture, rural life and rural landscape in the years of the Early Republic, 1790-1840. Three major exhibit venues will be created in buildings that are part of OSV's historical environment: Introduction to Farming at the Fenno Barn; Farmers and Markets at the Towne Barn, both on the Village Common; and a new Learning Center, housed in a museum-built service structure in the Village's Countryside area. The project will also upgrade and revise some existing exhibit signage in coordination with the new exhibit approach and create a family brochure/guide to farming and farm life.

CM-*0659-77Challenge Programs: Museum Challenge GrantsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Challenge Grant10/1/1976 - 6/30/1980$540,000.00Crawford Lincoln   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1977Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralMuseum Challenge GrantsChallenge Programs05400000540000

No project description available

CP-30207-95Challenge Programs: Public Challenge GrantsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Preserving the American Experience: A Challenge Grant Proposal for Exhibition Facilities and Endowment12/1/1993 - 7/31/1999$550,000.00Alberta Sebolt George   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1995U.S. HistoryPublic Challenge GrantsChallenge Programs05500000550000

To support endowment for three current humanities staff positions as well as construction/renovation of new and expanded exhibition and orientation facilities.

ES-*0174-77Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 EducatorsOld Sturbridge, Inc.ADOLESCENTS, MUSEUMS, AND THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION6/1/1977 - 5/31/1979$128,361.00Peter O'Connell   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1976Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralInstitutes for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs12836101283610

To develop integrated museum and classroom programs in historical studies for high school students. Program will address needs and resources of both school and museum and will focus on the state of history in schools, the adolescent as learner, effective use of Sturbridge Village as an outdoor museum and institutional needs of American high schools for new perspectives in curriculum. Program will be designed by a team composed of students, classroom teachers and museum staff. Seminars will be conducted and a final report will be disseminated.

ES-10343-74Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 EducatorsOld Sturbridge, Inc.The World of Work in Early New England12/1/1974 - 4/30/1976$78,140.00Barnes Riznik   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1974U.S. Regional StudiesInstitutes for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs781400781400

; To develop instructional material on "The World of Early New England" by using a historical and humanistic rather than narrow vocational approach to work as a subject of study. Includes preliminary preparation of resource materials; a developmental teacher workshop to refine materials and curriculum model for piloting; field and classroom piloting; formative evaluation and revision; preparation of a prototype materials kit for dissemination and diffusion; and summative evaluation and final report. Program reports will be distributed through state education agencies, OSV Teacher Center contacts, and professional publications and conferences. There will be training seminars for educators, classroom teachers, museum educators, and Old Sturbridge will be resource for study.

ES-20804-83Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 EducatorsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Social Change in America 1790-1840: A Training Institute forTeachers of Grades 3-810/1/1983 - 6/30/1987$234,440.00PeterS.O'Connell   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1983U.S. HistoryInstitutes for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs2144402000021444020000

To support a four-week institute for elementary and junior high school teachers in American social history from 1790 to 1840.

ES-21490-87Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 EducatorsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Social Change in America, 1790-1840: A Training Institute for Teachers of Grades 3-82/1/1988 - 6/30/1991$165,250.00PeterS.O'Connell   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1987American StudiesInstitutes for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs1012506400010125064000

To support a three-year project on American history in the early national period, 1790-1840.

ES-22498-93Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 EducatorsOld Sturbridge, Inc.The Transformation of New England Culture and Character 1790-184010/1/1993 - 6/30/1996$259,000.00Margaret Piatt   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1993American StudiesInstitutes for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs2190004000021900030896.7

To support a two-year collaborative project, including a summer institute on 19th-century New England history and culture for 120 New England elementary school teachers.

GM-*0229-79Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Interpretive Program on Community Change at Old Sturbridge Village2/1/1979 - 3/31/1981$187,872.00JohnW.Larkin   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1978Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs18787201878720

To develop a program interpreting changes in a New England rural community during the 1830's.

GM-022979-79Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.An Interpretive Program on Community Change at Old Sturbridge Village1/1/1979 - 1/31/1981$187,872.00JohnW.Larkin   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1979History, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs18787201878720

To implement an interpretive program on "Community in Change" for the Museum's Center Village exhibit area; create a conceptual framework in social history to integrate visitors' experience of a large and multifaceted outdoor history museum; and translate new research through costumed interpretation.

GM-10209-73Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.New Ways of Looking at Old Sturbridge Villiage6/1/1973 - 6/30/1974$73,953.00Barnes Riznik   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1973History, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs739530739530

To provide orientation for over 650,000 general adult visitors to Old Sturbridge Village, the museum is seeking support for the preparation and installation of a major interpretive exhibit in a new reception and theater-gallery building to be opened in 1974.

GM-10559-75Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Five Internships in Museum Personnel Training9/1/1975 - 8/31/1976$52,500.00Barnes Riznik   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1975Museum Studies or Historical PreservationHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs525000525000

No project description available

GM-10687-76Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Museum Personnel Internship Training9/1/1976 - 8/31/1977$52,500.00DarwinP.Kelsey   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1976Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs525000525000

To provide individual internship opportunities for history museum and historical society personnel training, through involvement in actual projects and programs at the museum. Funds will provide for 5 interns on a 12 month term.

GM-10997-77Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Planning an Interpretive Program for Grove Farm Homestead2/1/1977 - 1/31/1978$5,136.00Barnes Riznik   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1977Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs5136051360

To identify and define, themes, ideas and up-to-date historical interpretation of Hawaiian sugar plantation history. To study and recommend appropriate public educational programs of orientation, tours, etc. To assess the significance of the permanent collection.

GM-11295-74Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Museum Personnel Internship Training9/1/1974 - 8/31/1975$42,000.00Barnes Riznik   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1974History, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs420000420000

No project description available

GM-11361-78Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Linking Research to Public Education: Planning a Historical Curriculum for an OUtdoor History Museum1/1/1978 - 4/30/1978$9,923.00DarwinP.Kelsey   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1977Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs9923099230

To design a major new interpretive program for the museum's "center village" exhibit area which would utilize the large body of new research data resulting from a study currently being conducted by the museum's Research Department to analyze growth and development of New England towns and villages in the 18th and 19th centuries.

GM-21019-83Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Constitution and Community: Its Impact on Men and Women in the Early 19th Century2/1/1983 - 3/31/1984$25,000.00AlbertaP.Sebolt   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1982U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs250000250000

To support planning of interpretive programs that will explore how the Constitution was understood in the New England of the first two generations after the Founders.

GM-22708-85Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Conservation of Historic Map Collection7/1/1985 - 7/31/1986$22,084.00TheresaRiniPercy   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1985U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs220840220840

To support conservation treatment of 45 maps created in the 18th and early 19thcentury, which illustrate the social and economic patterns of the surveyed communities in New England and which serve as the basis for educational programs and interpretive exhibitions at Old Sturbridge Village.

GM-22809-86Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Collections Study and Management: Documentation of Furniture Collections3/1/1986 - 12/31/1987$28,750.00JohnO.Curtis   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1986Archival Management and ConservationHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs287500287500

No project description available

GM-23023-86Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.The Constitution: Its Impact on Men and Women in the Early Nineteenth Century1/1/1986 - 12/31/1987$137,189.00Warren Leon   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1985U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs13718901371890

To support a series of interpretive programs for general audiences exploring how the Constitution was taught, comprehended, and implemented as a symbol and a model in early 19th-century America.

GM-24107-90Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Portraits, Painters and Society in Rural New England1/1/1990 - 9/30/1990$35,936.00JohnO.Curtis   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1989U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs359360359360

To support the planning of an exhibition, publication, and related programs on the emergence of mass portraiture in early 19th-century New England.

GM-24358-91Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Meet Your Neighbors: Portraits, Painters and Society in Rural New England1/1/1991 - 3/31/1993$175,000.00JackW.Larkin   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1991U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs17500001750000

To support an exhibition, catalogue, and public programs on the age of mass portraiture in early 19th-century New England.

GM-50018-03Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Back to Our Roots: Interpreting Early New England Agriculture for a New Century10/1/2003 - 3/31/2005$40,000.00JackW.Larkin   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2003U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs400000400000

Planning for a major reinterpretation of early New England agriculture based on recent scholarship and current modes of museum presentation.

GZ-*1009-79Public Programs: Humanities Projects for YouthOld Sturbridge, Inc.Youth Links: Great Explorations9/1/1979 - 8/31/1980$27,788.00Linton Watts   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1979Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Projects for YouthPublic Programs277880277880

To establish a comprehensive participatory museum program for youth during the summer, after school, and on weekends throughout the year.

To establish a comprehensive museum program for youth during the summer, after school, and on weekends throughout the year.

PG-252893-17Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Textile Conservation Assessment1/1/2017 - 6/30/2018$6,000.00CaitlinM.Emery   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2016U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A consultation with a textile conservator and her intern to assess the condition of 450 items of historic clothing housed in hanging storage, as well as the purchase of some rehousing supplies.  The textiles, in addition to the sizeable material culture collection held by the living history museum, document the daily lives of rural, inland New Englanders from 1790 to 1840.  While current exhibits focus on the 1830s, the museum collection and library holdings encompass artifacts that further the understanding and interpretation of early 19th-century life more broadly, reaching an estimated 250,000 students, families, tourists, and scholars every year.

Old Sturbridge Village's nationally known Museum Collection encompasses approximately 60,000 objects made or used in New England between 1790 and 1840. The 6,500 object collection of textiles and clothing is the second largest subset. Objects housed in hanging storage include men's and women's outerwear and dressing gowns; women's gowns, dresses, and petticoats; and men's shirts, vests, tailcoats and jackets, and militia coats. This project will enlist the expertise of an outside consultant to perform a conservation assessment of approximately 450 historic garments and the museum's current storage inadequacies and develop a plan for targeting immediate and long-term storage rectification within the collection of hanging textiles. Recommendations for future targeted conservation efforts will be outlined and focus on garments to be displayed as part of a comprehensive exhibition on fashion and textiles scheduled to open in 2018.

PG-258311-18Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Preventive Conservation of Hanging Textiles1/1/2018 - 6/30/2019$6,000.00CaitlinEmeryAvenia   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2017U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The hiring of two conservators to conduct staff training and the purchase of rehousing supplies for preservation of 300 historic costumes dating to the 19th century. Opened in 1946, Old Sturbridge Village is one of the earliest living history museums in the United States.  The costume collection that is the subject of the proposed project consists of gowns, capes, cloaks, uniforms, and bags, documenting everyday life in rural New England prior to the Civil War.  It was identified in a recent assessment as a high priority for rehousing, due to its fragility, and is used frequently for research, education, and exhibits on 19th- century textile production.

The scope of this project is to build on the textile conservation assessment that was generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities at the end of 2016 and carried out in March 2017. A Preservation Assistance grant from NEH will allow the Village to 1) purchase archival garment boxes and acid free tissue to rehouse ten garments deemed most fragile by the conservation assessment, 2) construct hanging storage garment bags out of silk fabric for 299 garments, and 3) bring conservators from Museum Textile Services to conduct a textile conservation training workshop for staff and curatorial volunteers.

PG-263487-19Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsOld Sturbridge, Inc.Environmental Management and Emergency Preparedness Training1/1/2019 - 7/31/2019$6,000.00CaitlinEmeryAvenia   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2018U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Engaging preventive care specialists from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to assess climate control capabilities and provide recommendations on emergency preparedness. The collection, which documents everyday life in rural New England before the Civil War, holds approximately 50,000 items related to daily life, from clothing to furniture, household items, and agricultural tools. The research library has more than 35,000 volumes and 1,000 linear feet of manuscript material such as periodicals and the records of families, businesses, towns, and counties.

The Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collection and Research Library represent one of the single largest holding of materials documenting everyday life in rural New England prior to the Civil War. The Village’s significant collections illuminate the rich history of the fashion, ideas, technologies, and everyday lives of rural New Englanders. The scope of this project is to address collections stewardship practices within the Collections Building, Research Library, and Archives, with respect to the proper environmental standards, emergency preparedness, and mold mitigation. The primary goal of this grant is to utilize the expert knowledge preventative care specialists at the Northeast Document Conservation Center to assess our climate control capabilities, and provide recommendations to better manage the particular risks associated with our collection environments and review our emergency preparedness policies and practices, including providing mold identification and remediation training.

PG-266649-19Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsOld Sturbridge, Inc.2019 Preservation Assistance9/1/2019 - 2/28/2021$9,794.00CaitlinEmeryAvenia   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA2019U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access9794097940

A preservation assessment of the Collections Building and Research Library of Old Sturbridge Village and the purchase of supplies for rehousing 750 bound volumes pertaining to the history and culture of New England. The collections contain family papers, business accounts, town records, diaries, journals, friendship albums, and other items integral to interpreting rural New England life in the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. Researchers include scholars and students, as well as staff, volunteers, and interns; the library has seen a 15 percent increase in use each year for the last three years. Materials are used for exhibitions, public programs, social media, training lectures, scholarly talks, and publications that are critical to the Village’s interpretation of nineteenth-century life.

Old Sturbridge Village is currently undertaking a campus-wide initiative to develop a five-year strategic plan aimed at rectifying long-standing issues and concerns. As part of this initiative, the Village is eager to address improvements to the storage and security of the collections housed in our Collections Building and Research Library. The implementation of this grant will allow the Research Library staff to address storage concerns in the library’s vault.

RO-21015-85Research Programs: Basic ResearchOld Sturbridge, Inc.Tradition and Transformation: Rural Economic Life in Central New England, 1790-18501/1/1985 - 6/30/1989$292,167.00JohnE.Worrell   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1987U.S. HistoryBasic ResearchResearch Programs2421675000024216750000

To support a study of the economic life of country towns in Worcester County, Massachusetts, between 1790 and 1850, that will focus on the rural economy, economic exchange, and social change during this period of rapid development.

RO-21944-90Research Programs: Basic ResearchOld Sturbridge, Inc.Tradition and Transformation: Rural Economic Life in Central New England, 1790-18507/1/1989 - 6/30/1992$150,000.00JohnE.Worrell   Old Sturbridge, Inc.SturbridgeMA01566-1138USA1989U.S. HistoryBasic ResearchResearch Programs01500000150000

To support the continuing project to reconstruct the social and economic history of central Worcester County, Massachusetts, 1790-1850.