Hancock Shaker Village Awarded NEH Challenge Grant

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HANCOCK, Mass. — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Hancock Shaker Village an Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant for $750,000.
 
This is one of the five largest grants in the 2023 NEH funding cycle, which encompassed 258 recipients.
 
The funding, and matching monies, will support the renovation of the Visitor Center/Center for Shaker Studies, providing a year-round footprint for the Village and a research hub for scholars.
 
With a dual goal of improving the visitor experience and protecting the Village's world-class collection, the project will reconceive the existing building, introducing permanent collection galleries, a textile and works on paper gallery, open and vault storage, a library, new lobby, and multi-purpose spaces. It will include significant accessibility and visitor amenity improvements as well as the upgrade of all mechanical systems. 
 
"We are thrilled to announce this important award and thank NEH for its generous support. This project will transform Hancock Shaker Village into a museum-first experience. It promises to elevate our world-class collection, foregrounding the iconic designs and exacting craftsmanship of a diverse community whose astonishing ingenuity was rivaled only by its profound faith," said Director Nathaniel Silver.
 
With over 33,000 objects, the building will introduce the history of Hancock through its objects, imparting Shaker narratives, highlighting works of artistic importance and cultural complexity, and foregrounding the hard-working community who crafted and used them. This collection-driven experience will inform the visitor's journey prior to entering the grounds where they will be immersed in the physical context, the twenty historic buildings comprising the Village, where many of the objects functioned and were made.
 
"We thank NEH for this grant and look forward to fulfilling plans that will enable Hancock Shaker Village to better serve its communities," said Board Chair Bob Plotz. 
 

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Pittsfield Little League 11s, 10s See Tourney Runs End

By Leland BarnesiBerkshires.com Sports
PITTSFIELD , Mass. — After a strong outing by pitcher Cam Ginnity, the Holden Little League 11-year-old All-Stars defeated Pittsfield, 15-1, to move on in the Section 1 tournament on Sunday at Deming Park
 
Each team went into the elimination game with a 1-1 record.
 
Holden’s offense sparked early in the game with a series of walks finished off by a two-RBI single by Cole Pare, and a run scored on a passed ball.
 
During the game Pittsfields Offense struggled heavily against Ginnity
 
He registered five total strikeouts as well as going the distance in the run-rule win.
 
“Cam [Ginnity] is one of our better pitchers, he also has a really good team of players behind him,” Holden coach Matt Gull said.
 
Offensively, Holden’s Evan Zaccaria went 2-for-2 with a double, single and a walk.
 
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