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SHSM receives Mass Humanities grant

Stoneham Historical Society & Museum is happy to announce that it is the recipient of a grant for “Sustaining the Humanities” from Mass Humanities. The grants are for operating support for organizations whose mission and programs are focused on the humanities., and are focused on allowing organizations both to continue to operate and to rebuild programming and audiences.

“We were hit hard by COVID,” says SHSM President Steve Rotondi.  “This SHARP grant will help us rebuild some of the audience we lost because we had to close during the pandemic.

“SHSM has a number of hidden gems, including items like Olympian Nancy Kerrigan’s Ice skates. This program will allow us to develop new projects and programming that are hybrid, allowing more people to participate.”

As we move into 2022 – our centennial year, we are planning programming that will require additional resources to engage with a broader spectrum of the public, as well as to continue our beloved programs such as visits by local 3rd graders.

The Mass Humanities grants included organizations across Massachusetts as they continue to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus. Through funding provided to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by the American Rescue Plan for the “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP)”

Funding for SHARP grants is provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities by the American Rescue Plan.  Mass Humanities received requests for funding from more than 140 organizations.

About Mass Humanities

As the state affiliate of NEH since 1974,  Mass Humanities has partnered with local non-profit organizations to bring history, philosophy, and literature into the everyday lives of people in communities across the Commonwealth.

Mass Humanities receives major support from NEH and the Mass Cultural Council as well as generous private donors.

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About the Stoneham Historical Society & Museum

The Stoneham Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1922. Our mission is to keep history alive by researching, collecting, archiving, and sharing with our community through engaging programs and educational experiences.

The Society maintains two historic buildings at 36 William Street in Stoneham.  The first is the Spanish War Hall that houses our museum and library and the “ten-footer” building where shoemakers once worked and sold shoes prior to large-scale industrialization. It serves as a reminder of Stoneham’s historic shoe-making industry.