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Friday, December 8, 2000


Carlisle Historical Society receives Documentary Heritage Grant

The Carlisle Historical Society is one of fourteen recipients of the latest round of Documentary Heritage Grants, a grant program sponsored by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board. The $6,500 award will help support "Finding Carlisle," a project designed to locate and provide finding aids to the community's several document collections. A consulting archivist will document and describe the holdings of the Carlisle Historical Society, the Town of Carlisle, Gleason Public Library and Great Brook Farm State Park. She will also meet with community advisors from the schools, Carlisle's three churches, the historical commission, the assessors' office and Carlisle Communications, Inc. (the Mosquito newspaper).

The Society has hired Melissa Ann Mannon, MSLS, of Archives and Information Consulting Services, to conduct the documentation surveys, provide training in archives management and draft a manual to assist the various groups with developing finding aids and collections policies. Ms. Mannon, a professional archivist, recently completed a similar project for the Westminster Historical Commission. The project will run from December 2000 to June 2001 and will include a public lecture to present results and ideas for how the public may wish to use the document collections. A professional forum for staff and volunteers of historical societies and libraries in the towns from which Carlisle was originally carved (Acton, Chelmsford, Westford and Concord) will inform neighboring towns about the specific holdings in Carlisle for future reference.

The historical society will provide $2,800 in matching funds and together with the other participating agencies will contribute $1,400 in "in-kind" staff time. Sarah Brophy and Stephanie Upton will serve as co-directors of the project for the historical society.

The Documentary Heritage Grant program has awarded a total of $200,000 to 31 applicants in three cycles from October 1999 to October 2000. These were made possible through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The program looked for projects designed to educate the public to value historical records and archives, promote collaboration, plan for adequate documentation of Massachusetts history and improve the accessibility and preservation of historical records. It is a timely award for Carlisle as there has been an increase in the number of requests for information and as the historical society prepares to re-house its historical collections following 18 months of storage.

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