MHC Mini Grants support a wide variety of public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, and cultural celebrations.
$1,000 for “Changing Landscapes, Shifting Tides: The Story of Falmouth Event Series” – Town of Falmouth
Falmouth will offer a year-long series of events, activities, and programs to mark the town’s 300th anniversary. Lectures, discussions, films, community dialogues, and an art show are among the free events being planned around town for all ages “to honor the past, celebrate the present, and invest in the future.”
$1,000 for “Talking Wires: The Social Impact of the Telephone Switchboard in Northern Maine” – Presque Isle Historical Society, Presque Isle
This grant will help restore an antique telephone switchboard and create a permanent exhibit for it that emphasizes the impact the telephone had on rural life in Aroostook County. The exhibit will feature oral history interviews with retired local switchboard operators, historic photographs and memorabilia from the local telephone office, and antique telephones through the years.
$1,000 for “Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations“– Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Southern Maine/Seacoast
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) will sponsor a presentation and workshop facilitated by two racial justice authors, activists, and educators: Shay Stewart-Boulay and Debby Irving. The workshop on January 28, 2018 is intended to encourage discussions about issues concerning race, demystifying the topic and giving people permission to have uncomfortable conversations.
$1,000 for “We Belong Here” – North Haven Historical Historical Society, North Haven
“We Belong Here” is a web based oral history project exploring relationships that revolve around the island of North Haven, Maine. The project will specifically focus on the ways members of the summer and year-round community relate to the island and to each other. A featured website will include audio interviews along with historical and current photographs.
$1,000 for “World AIDS Day” – Frannie Peabody Center, Portland
World AIDS Day events in Portland will include a reading & panel discussion on November 30, 2017 using the book Stonewall Strong by John-Manuel Andriote; a candle light vigil at Congress Square Park on December 1, 2017; and a screening of the film Alternative Endings on December 2, 2017.