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

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Save the Date!
Mark your calendars! Thursday, June 1, 2006 join Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Congressman John Tierney and Congressman Marty Meehan in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Essex National Heritage Area. Experience the places and people that made exceptional contributions to the American stories rooted here in Essex County. Through art, music, food, drink and local lore we will join together to recognize success stories throughout the Area and toast the next ten years! June 1st will be an extraordinary celebration of the history that defines our past and the cultural wealth that will enrich our future.

In this issue
  • Upcoming Explorers Events
  • ENHC Annual Meeting - October 18
  • Commissioner Corner - The 181st Annual Topsfield Fair
  • Partnership Grant Spotlight On: The Stephen Phillips Trust House
  • National Heritage Area Highlight - Quinebaug & Shetucket
  • Hurricane Affected National Heritage Areas

  • ENHC Annual Meeting - October 18
    Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

    It is time for the ENHC Annual Meeting! All are welcome to attend. Join us as we recognize ENHC President, Tom Leonard, for his many years of service to the commission. In addition, the announcement of the ENHA 10th Anniversary celebration, program updates, introduction of new Commissioners, the presentation of Pioneers in Partnership and Special Recognition awards will take place at the meeting. Please join us at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Newburyport, Tuesday, October 18 at 8 am. A light breakfast will be provided. To RSVP, get directions or find out more about the meeting contact Elizabeth or do it all online.

    Commissioner Corner - The 181st Annual Topsfield Fair
    Trails & Sails logo

    Two ENHC Commissioners are closely linked to the yearly success of the Topsfield Fair through their work with the Essex Agricultural Society. Forrester A.“Tim” Clark, Jr., former Massachusetts State Representative from South Hamilton, serves as a member of the Society’s Executive Board. James O’Brien, of Brooksby Farm in Peabody, serves as the Society’s Executive Board President.
    This year’s 181st Annual Fair will run from an evening kickoff on Friday, September 30th through Monday, October 10th. Be sure to enjoy the festivities at America's oldest fair. A New England essential fall activity is a visit to the Fair - see the world's largest pumpkin, wonderful crafts, farm produce, flower displays, contests, demonstrations and great midway rides!

    The Topsfield Fair is owned and operated by the Essex Agricultural Society, a non-profit organization consisting of approximately 1,200 members dedicated to encouraging, promoting and preserving Essex County agricultural activities and educating the general public regarding their importance.

    Partnership Grant Spotlight On: The Stephen Phillips Trust House
    The Stephen Phillips Trust House

    While in Salem this October, venture over to historic and picturesque Chestnut Street to the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House Museum. Since the early 1970’s, the museum has maintained five generations of family furnishings and tells the story of the Phillips family. Recently, through an archives grant, the ENHC has helped to preserve 16mm home movie film of the Phillips Family. The film was used in a presentation at the Salem Visitor Center featuring the travels of Stephen Phillips and his uncle James Duncan Phillips in the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s.
    Previously, the museum received a preservation grant to do extensive paint analysis of selected rooms, which had been moved from Danvers to Salem in the 1820’s. The paint analysis has helped establish a chronology of work done on these four principle rooms and will directly impact future interpretation of the Phillips House.
    Soon the museum will start a preservation project to repair the roof and downspouts of the main house. The ENHC is glad to be a partner of The Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House Museum.

    National Heritage Area Highlight - Quinebaug & Shetucket

    Located in northeastern Connecticut and south- central Massachusetts, the sprawling metropolitan Boston to Washington corridor, The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor has been called "The Last Green Valley." Citizens, businesses, nonprofit, cultural and environmental organizations, local and state governments, as well as the National Park Service work together to preserve and celebrate the region's cultural, historical and natural heritage. Green fields and forests confirm the surprisingly rural character of the 1,085 square-mile area defined by the Quinebaug and Shetucket River systems and the rugged hills that surround them.
    October 7-10 & 14-16, visit one of the 35 unique towns in this National Heritage Corridor and celebrate Walking WeekendS. Choose from 93 different free, guided hikes and strolls through history and nature. Click here for a Walking WeekendS brochure and information.

    Hurricane Affected National Heritage Areas

    Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, on the Coastal Plain that borders the Gulf of Mexico, was recently hard hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We keep these people and places in our thoughts and prayers, hoping for a fast and full recovery.
    Professionals in the cultural heritage field remind us that it is the people of the Gulf region are an integral part of the region’s cultural heritage, identity, and revival. While restoring damage to buildings and institutions of cultural significance is essential, the stories and experiences of Gulf people are vitally important to the region’s identity and its rebirth.The cultural community is mounting a response to Hurricane Katrina's impact on the historic and cultural collections along the Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald reported that 5,014 buildings have been lost in Biloxi alone; one fifth of all buildings, and more will be condemned. More information on the condition of the material cultural heritage and efforts to respond can be found at the following websites: American Association of Museums, Heritage Preservation, American Library Association, National Trust.
    FEMA is hiring Historic Preservation Specialists as an environmental and historic preservation cadre of reservists. The National Trust and AASLH are also assembling reconnaissance teams to look at historic sites and collections.

    Upcoming Explorers Events

    Explorers! Please join us for these great fall events!

    Sunday, October 23
    1:00-2:00 pm

    Wallace Nutting and the Iron Works House:
    Tour the Saugus Iron Works house built in the 1680’s and restored by Wallace Nutting in 1915. Discover the treasured works of Wallace Nutting.
    Explorers, Free/
    Non-Explorers, $7

    Friday, November 4
    6:15-7:00 pm Wine tasting
    7:00-9:00 pm Appraisals

    Rare Treasures or White Elephants? Discover the value of your art, antiques and undiscovered treasures! An evening of antiques appraisals, appetizers and wine tasting. Each guest may bring one article or photo of an object to be appraised. Please omit coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments.
    Explorers, Free/
    Non-Explorers, $45

    Sunday, November 13
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    Decorative Arts & Antiques: The Peabody Essex Museum offers Explorers a private docent tour of its renowned American decorative art, folk art, and costume galleries. Refreshments follow, Explorers are invited to browse the museum.
    Explorers, Free/
    Non-Explorers, $15

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