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GA-276608-20

Fitchburg Historical Society (Fitchburg, MA 01420-3111)
Susan L. Navarre (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
"I Remember When", Wellness through Connection & Local History on TV & internet

Retain one staff member, hire new staff position, and employ two consultants to develop a TV program showing the connections between personal and local history, along with wellness issues from prolonged isolation.

online streaming. It will provide regularly available and responsive use of local history to connect people otherwise isolated due to COVID 19, its aftermath, and other illnesses and infirmities. There will be an emphasis on conversation back and forth between the presenters and the viewers. Many people are using the enforced isolation of the quarantine to sort through their personal records and memorabilia. The process is increasing their interest in how their personal history relates to their community, and they approach the Fitchburg Historical Society more information. This program exists to provide tools for 1. valuing the history that these people have witnessed 2. Learning more local history 3. processing emotions raised by these artifacts and 4. Reflecting on their life experiences. The presenters will include both local historians and and local specialists in wellness, gerontology or psychology.

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Project fields:
Public History; Urban History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$15,662 (approved)
$14,025 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020