New Mini Grants | Summer 2017

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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 “American Studies Lectures” – York County Community College, Kittery Point

  • The grant will help support guest lecture events which enhance the YCCC’s new emphasis on American Studies under their Associate Degree Program in Liberal Studies. A number of accomplished speakers on relevant topics of American culture and history will make presentations during the 2017-18 academic year at events open to students and the public free of charge.


$1,000 for “Forging Bonds: Exploring Intergenerational Relationships” Maine Jewish Film Festival, Portland

  • The 2018 Maine Jewish Film Festival (March 10-18, 2018) will offer a wide range of films on many subjects in both Portland and Lewiston. This grant will suport a special event at both locations that explores the theme of intergenerational relationships, using a film presentation coupled with a panel of capable speakers who can stimulate a vibrant discussion on the topic.


$750 for “Next Steps– Oral History and Folklife Research, Augusta

  • This grant will support significant improvements to the organization’s website in order to better showcase completed oral history projects, making archived interview materials more accessible and usable. Materials will be accessible  to the public, benefitting teachers, students, researchers, and scholars interested in various perspectives on local and historical topics.


$950 for “Frontiers of Mortality: Child Death, Memory, and the 18th Century Throat Distemper Epidemics of Casco Bay”  Spirits Alive, Portland

  • Nicholas Bonneau, a PHD candidate at Notre Dame University who will speak at USM on February 24, 2018. Mr. Bonneau has done extensive research for his thesis about the Throat Distemper (diptheria) epidemics that devastated New England in the early 18th century.