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

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In this issue
  • Upcoming Explorers Events
  • Trails & Sails September 2005
  • Explorers Event at The Crane Estate!
  • Partnership Grants Breakfast
  • Welcome New Commissioners!
  • Congratulations Award Recipients!
  • Heritage Landscape Reports Available

  • Trails & Sails September 2005
    Cape Pond Ice

    Planning for the fourth annual Trails & Sails is well underway! Preliminary information can be found here. Save the dates; September 24th & 25th! This last weekend of September will be filled with more than one hundred free events hosted by sites and organizations throughout the Essex National Heritage Area.
    For more information on Trails & Sails, contact Kate Fox or visit the Trails & Sails page of our website.

    Explorers Event at The Crane Estate!
    Photo from www.oldfarminn.com/halibut.html

    The perfect venue for a perfect evening! On May 11, Essex Heritage Explorers and members of the Newburyport and North Shore Chambers of Commerce shared an evening of wine tasting, cheese sampling, estate tours and simply enjoying the wonderful spring weather at Castle Hill in Ipswich. The Trustees of Reservations graciously provided Explorers and chamber members a V.I.P. tour of the estate's grounds, the Inn at Castle Hill and the 59 room mansion-free of charge.

    For more information about the Essex Heritage Explorers Program and to be entered into a drawing for North Shore Music Theater tickets, golf for two at Turner Hill or a membership to the Trustees, please visit the Explorers page of our website.

    Partnership Grants Breakfast

    On Monday June 13, 2005 at 8:30am the ENHC will be hosting its eighth annual Partnership Grants breakfast at the Wenham Museum to announce this year's Partnership Grant recipients. Special Guest Speaker, Congressman John F. Tierney is scheduled to attend and will be introducing the program. Contact Ben Murphy for more event information.

    The ENHC Partnership Grant Program is vital to sustaining the fragile heritage resources valued by all who live, work, and visit Essex County. Partnership Grants offer one of the few sources of funding for the 250+ community-based, non-profit organizations and 34 municipal entities in the Area. As matching grants, these funds drive economic development and foster the use of community assets in creative new ways. If you are interested in supporting our grant efforts, please contact, Mary Williamson, ENHC Development Coordinator.

    Welcome New Commissioners!

    On Tuesday, May 17 the ENHC held its Semi-Annual meeting at Abbot Hall in Marblehead. ENHC was pleased to announce the following nominees were unanimously approved to serve as Commissioners:

    • John A. Boris, President, Essex Office, Inc., Beverly

    • Martha O. Briggs, Acting Director, Merrimack Valley Preservation Group, Inc.

    • Paul Hennessey, Beverly

    • William Howard, President & CEO, Beverly Cooperative Bank

    • Diana F. Kerry, Educational Consultant, North Shore Community College

    • Dave Lash, Dave Lash & Company in South Hamilton

    • Jamie O'Brien, Manager, Brooksby Farm, Peabody

    • Beth O'Grady, Classified Advertising Manager Boston Herald, President, Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club, Salem, MA

    • Sally O'Maley, Public Relations, Marketing for Topsfield Fair

    Congratulations Award Recipients!

    In additon to Commissioner elections, the ENHC Semi-Annual meeting featured committee reports, and award presentations. ENHC was pleased to present awards of Special Recognition to the following recipients:

    • Bennett E. Merry, Jr., Train Collection Curator, Retired, Wenham Museum
    • Steve Golden, Manager, Rivers & Trails Program, National Park Service/Boston
    • North Shore Music Theater, award received by: Jon Kimbell, Executive Director
    • Dr. Steven Kesselman, Superintendent, Retired, Salem Maritime National Historic Site & Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site

    Heritage Landscape Reports Available

    For the past year, ENHC has been working in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to document the region's special heritage landscapes or "places of the heart" that help define quality of life and contribute to the region's economy.

    Twenty-four communities participated. A professional consulting team facilitated public identification meetings in these municipalities to discuss and prioritize landscapes and issues with residents. The consulting team visited the prioritized sites in a follow-up fieldwork session.
    Friday, May 20, ENHC and DCR held a symposium on "Heritage Landscapes" at North Shore Community College. The day-long event drew over 120 attendees representing 24 Essex communities! Participants tools that enable communities to protect qualities most valued by residents while developing strategies for sustainable economic development. Resulting documentation and planning recommendations for each community are available online. ENHC and DCR are compiling symposium "proceedings" to distribute to attendees and interested parties. Look for several "next step" initiatives from ENHC following this summer's completion of the heritage landscape inventory.

    Upcoming Explorers Events

    Explorers! Please join us for these great, summer events!

    Saturday, June 11
    Meet the Coolest Guys Around: An Exploration of the Cape Pond Ice Company in Gloucester
    Explorers: Free; Non-Explorers $7
    Saturday, July 9
    Behind-the-Scenes of the Shellfish Industry: An Exclusive Tour of Plum Island's Shellfish Purification Plant
    Explorers: Free; Non-Explorers $7
    Thursday, July 14
    Let's go fishin': Deep Sea Fishing aboard Yankee Fleet in Gloucester
    Explorers: Free; Non-Explorers $43

    Join the Explorers today and receive 10% off your subscription and enjoy these upcoming events free-of-charge!
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