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Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (Deerfield, MA 01342-5004)
Timothy C. Neumann (Project Director: August 2012 to present)

African Americans in Early Rural New England

Planning for multiformat prototypes (website, maps, iPad tablet tour, exhibits, archaeological field school, and other public programs) that uncover some of the forgotten history of African Americans in early rural New England.

The "African Americans in Early Rural New England" Project will plan for the development of multi- format prototypes melded into a cohesive, sustainable museum program. The project goal is to address the amnesia surrounding the presence of African Americans, free and enslaved, in the early history of rural New England and to place that history in a larger context, focusing on the "web" of African American community connections in a typical village. We will use Deerfield, MA, home of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), as a case study to elucidate early African American presence, experiences and contributions, planning a wide-ranging combination of diverse formats: website, maps, iPad tablet tour, public programs, exhibits, and archaeology. Project products will be informed by current scholarship and humanities themes. The project benefits from collaboration with nationally- recognized scholars, our African American community, and tech team.

Project fields:
U.S. History

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2013 – 11/30/2014