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PRESS RELEASE- Plainfield Historical Society is Recipient of Humanities Grant
June 28, 2007

Pittsfield- Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representative Denis E. Guyer (D-Dalton) announce a $7,500 grant for the Plainfield Historical Society through the Massachusetts Foundation of the Humanities. 


With this funding, the Plainfield Historical Society will begin work on their Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills: Exploring the Plainfield Landscape project.  The objective of this project is to collect historical and ecological information to produce  and print guides to six family-friendly, self-guided outdoor tours designed to engage visitors in discovering Plainfield’s history and landscape. 


“By developing projects that help expose visitors and locals to the culture, history and beauty of the Hampshire region, we stimulate local commerce and highlight the aesthetics of the area,” stated Downing.  “This project will provide hands-on opportunities to explore Plainfield’s landscape and history while creating outlets for Hilltown historical ecotourism.”


Historical and ecological information will be collected and used to develop landscape tours.  Leaflets containing historical facts and walking maps will be distributed through state forests, local businesses, museums, libraries, tourist centers, camps, and other places where maps and guides are available.  These leaflets are expected to become available by late Summer 2008.


“I am very happy that this grant will help the Plainfield Historical Society promote the great natural and cultural resources the Hampshire Region has to offer.  The new guides will encourage both visitors and residents to experience six unique outdoor activities with their families,” Guyer remarked. 


The Massachusetts Foundation of the Humanities, in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council has approved a total of $85,945 this quarter, dispersed among twelve grants.  For more information on how to apply for grant funding through the Massachusetts Foundation of the Humanities, visit:




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