Preserving and promoting the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County.
November '05

10 Years, 100 Milestones!
2006 is the 10th anniversary of the designation of Essex County as a National Heritage Area! Throughout 2006 ENHC plans to recognize the impact of historic, natural and cultural resources on our lives and the region's economy by highlighting the 100 most significant preservation and enhancement projects of the decade. On June 1, 2006 the ENHC will honor a decade of acheivements at the Essex National Heritage Area anniversary celebration. Take part! Nominate your favorite places, organizations and their stories.

In this issue
  • Upcoming Explorers Events
  • Archives Alive! November Workshop: Getting your Grant
  • Partnership Grant Spotlight On: Haverhill Historical Society
  • Commissioner Corner: Kevin Bottomley
  • National Heritage Area Highlight: Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor
  • Notable News

  • Archives Alive! November Workshop: Getting your Grant
    Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

    The November 8th Archives Alive! workshop provides an introduction to proposal writing for historical records. Designed for professional and volunteer staff of local repositories, public libraries, town halls, historical museums, commissions, societies and sites.

    Through presentation and discussion, workshop leader, Shelley Quezada, experienced presenter & program consultant for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, will introduce attendees to fundamental grant-related topics. With an eye towards the practical, some discussion will focus on popular grant programs such as those administered by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the Massachusetts Historic Records Advisory Board & the ENHC. Participants may bring project & program ideas to share; a portion of the workshop will be devoted to critiquing draft grant proposals. For information, directions or to register for this workshop click here.

    Partnership Grant Spotlight On: Haverhill Historical Society
    Trails & Sails logo

    The Buttonwoods Museum, Haverhill Historical Society, has been interpreting the history of Haverhill for over 100 years. This November visit the Merrimack Valley & experience the Museum for yourself. You will find exhibits representing Native American Artifacts, early trade in the valley & early colonial settlement. The museum is kid friendly, hosting many programs for school age children.

    This past year the museum received a Partnership Grant to design & pilot an after school archaeology program for students. The program will give 6th-8th graders meaningful archaeology experience, while learning about early American life & land stewardship, connecting them to their local community. Previously, an ENHC Partnership Grant in Heritage Preservation helped them to gain eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Through a Partnership Grant in Trails and Greenways, the Society is finishing a project in which it partnered with Haverhill’s Brightside to improve access to the Buttonwoods Trail. The Haverhill Historical Society is also a designated ENHA visitor center. Visit The Buttonwoods Museum, Haverhill Historical Society.

    Commissioner Corner: Kevin Bottomley
    The Stephen Phillips Trust House

    As President and CEO of Danversbank, ENHC Commissioner, Kevin Bottomley, values improving quality of life in this region. Kevin earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University & an MBA from the University of Virginia. His subsequent dedicated banking career has rooted him in the North Shore with his family in Wenham. Kevin is involved with the North Shore Music Theater (NSMT), Hospice of the North Shore and, among other organizations, the Peabody Essex Museum. About balancing his philanthropic work with his job, he said, "It’s a way to give back to the community & set an example...it is hard at times, but I have great support.” Danversbank is built on a set of “Core Values” - values Kevin readily applies to his community work. He is involved in getting the NSMT back on its feet after a devastating fire this past summer. And as an ENHC Commissioner, is serving on the 10th Anniversary Honorary Committee; charged with engaging the region in celebrating Area successes that have taken place in the ten years since its Congressional designation. On November 1, 2005, the Anti-Defamation League presents Mr. Bottomley with the 2005 North Shore Leadership Award. He “respects the work of the ENHC & hopes to keep contributing as much as he can.”

    National Heritage Area Highlight: Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor
    Paddling the Schuylkill

    "Conserve, interpret & develop the historical, cultural, natural & recreational resources related to the industrial & cultural heritage of the Schuylkill River Valley of Southeastern Pennsylvania." That is the mission of the Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor. With the 128-mile Schuylkill River as its spine, Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area has a remarkable diversity of historic, recreational & cultural attractions. Along "the Revolutionary River," visitors can shadow the birth of our nation from Philadelphia's cobblestone streets & fabled landmarks, to huts & hollows of Valley Forge. Upstream find a wealth of historic places, quaint river towns, abundant parks, river & trails access, year-round festivals & activities. Designation as a National Heritage Area – one of only 27 in the U.S. – is more than a tribute to the natural, historical & cultural wealth of the Schuylkill River Valley corridor; it is an important step in preserving the area for future generations.

    Notable News

    - The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently presented Historic New England with its Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites. Congratulations to Historic New England for this well-deserved recognition and distinguished award. Learn More.

    - Massachusetts Historical Commission recently presented the 2005 Preservation Award to the Authors of Gardens of the New Republic: Fashioning the Landscapes of High Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

    - New Commissioners were introduced at the ENHC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 18. Congratulations to Special Recognition award recipients Mayor David T. Hildt, Janet Kennedy, The Wenham Tea House, and Pioneer in Partnership Award recipients, Martha Holden, Patricia Jaysane and Bethany Groff!

    Upcoming Explorers Events

    Explorers! Please join us for these great fall events!

    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

    Upcoming Explorer
    themes include:

    Spring 2006 - Sports
    Summer 2006 - 100 Milestones
    Fall 2006 - Civil War

    We invite you to submit any information or event ideas you may have regarding these themes. Please email Gretchen Dionne or call 978-740-0444.

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    What's your favorite holiday gift?

    EssexHeritage.org is featuring Heritage Holiday gifts - local products that capture the uniqueness of Essex County, offered for sale by a local historical, cultural or natural resource organization. For example, the new Coastal Trails Coalition trail guide, Coastal Trails: 10 Self- Guided Trails for Hiking, Biking, and Paddling, is now available for sale. Send a few descriptive lines and a .jpg photo to feature on our Heritage Gift page. Tell us your favorite local holiday gift!

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