Preserving and promoting the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County
January 2005

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In this issue
  • Upcoming Explorers Events
  • Partnership Grants Now Available
  • ENHA Scenic Byway Update
  • Experience Essex County in Winter
  • Give us your feedback

  • Partnership Grants Now Available

    The ENHC has opened its annual grant round to fund projects that further develop the historic, cultural and natural resources in Essex County. Funds are available in five categories: (1) After-School and Non-School Heritage Education, (2) Heritage Interpretation and Programming, (3) Heritage Preservation and Resource Stewardship, (4) Archives and Historical Records, and (5) Trails and Greenways.

    The guidelines and application forms are now available on the ENHC website. Applications are due to the ENHC by 12 noon on Friday, April 1.

    ENHA Scenic Byway Update

    The ENHA Scenic Byway, a 24-mile route along Rte. 133/1A through Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury and Newburyport, was designated a state scenic byway in November 2003 in recognition of its scenic and historic qualities. Since that time, ENHC has been working with the six communities to further develop corridor goals and activities.

    ENHC is currently preparing a funding application for submission to the National Scenic Byway Program (via Mass Highway) for support in creating a byway corridor management plan. The management plan will help the corridor communities to preserve the road's character, improve safety features and expand the economic opportunities of local businesses. Stay tuned for future updates on this program.

    Experience Essex County in Winter

    The low temperatures may make you want to stay indoors during the winter months, but perhaps the variety of fun outdoor activities in the ENHA will coax you to change your mind.

    We surveyed our Commissioners asking their favorite things to do or see during the winter months, and the results are in. From cross country skiing at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover to taking in the gorgeous views at Crocker Park in Marblehead, there are many ways to enjoy the area in the cold weather.

    Give us your feedback

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    Upcoming Explorers Events

    Just scheduled! Explorers, join historian Jim McAllister on February 24 as he discusses local authors who have shaped the literary history of Essex County. (Nathaniel Bowditch photo courtesy of The Bowditch Initiative)

    Space is available for the February 19 event at the Wenham Museum. Take a virtual tour of Ralph Waldo Emerson's study, highlighting artifacts and memos that reveal his personal life with his family. Explorers attend for free; non-Explorers $10 per event. To register, call Gretchen Dionne at 978-740- 0444.

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