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Downing Announces Mass Humanities Grant Advancing Cultural Research in Stockbridge
April 02, 2010

Stockbridge – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that the Mass Humanities Board of Directors approved a grant of $2,962 to the Trustees of Reservations to conduct cultural research in Berkshire County.
 
The Trustees of Reservations (the Trustees) preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts. The award will support research of Mohican cultural resources in order to reinterpret the Mission House and Monument Mountain in Stockbridge. According to the Trustees, the Mission House was built circa 1742 by Rev. John Sergeant, who established a mission for Mohican people in the southern Berkshires.
 
Established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is a programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and private sources.
 
This quarter, Mass Humanities awarded eighteen grants, totaling $90,049, to Massachusetts organizations statewide. 
 
Mass Humanities is governed by a volunteer board of 25 directors who reflect the social and geographic diversity of Massachusetts. Approximately half the board represents the general public (business, labor, the professions, cultural affairs and community life) and half are humanities professionals (college faculty, K-12 teachers, independent scholars, museum and library professionals and writers). Six directors are appointed by the governor.
 
Mass Humanities supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout the Commonwealth. Mass Humanities gives highest priority to projects that apply the humanities to current issues, deepening public understanding of these issues and thereby enhancing civic life.
 
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