In 1991-92, the Project originated in the Secy. of
State's Office through the Commonwealth Museum and
State House Tours and Government Education. Advisory
group (MASAG) evolved from 92-96 as a voluntary group
of government and education organizations, and businesses;
subcommittees gathered and inventoried information
populations and cultures
In 1994-95 database put online on UMass K12 Amherst
through work of a technical consultant and advisory
In 1995-96 collaboration with Urban Harbors Institute,
UMB, on a Mass Cultural Council grant, administered
through the University.
In May 1996, the MSP left the Commonwealth Museum
to reside at UMB in the Institute for Learning and
Teaching, building on prior University partnerships,
advisors, and student internships.
In 1997, professional development of teachers through
workshops and two Department of Education content
institutes related to Massachusetts Watersheds, and
Massachusetts History, Geography & Government,
with online resources linked to curriculum frameworks.
In 1998, outreach and grants continue with emphasis
on Massachusetts history, people and places, including
primary sources (University of Massachusetts Amherst
prof. development grant re. computer-based instructional
materials) and watershed education (EPA grant with
Neponset River Watershed Association and Mass. Bays
Improved web site launched in June 1998. New feature
on Mass. History, Geography and Government. Additional
categories added to themes and subject, with search
In fall 1998, the Steering Ctte.developed a long-range
plan and 3-year budget. Work selecting an Advisory
Board followed, in cooperation with the Chancellor's
Office, and in May 1999 the first Board meeting was
held at the University of Mass. Boston.
In August 1999, new feature on website: Electronic
Library on Industrial History.