Endings & Beginnings!
As 2005 draws to a close, all of us at ENHC would
like to thank you - our friends & partners - for your
work in preserving and promoting the heritage of
Essex County. Even as it becomes
more challenging and expensive to preserve
heritage resources, we continue to see residents and
visitors actively seeking to
experience the Area's unique heritage. In 2006,
ENHC will highlight the stories of special
people and places of Essex County as part of the
National Heritage Area's 10th Anniversary
celebration. Nominate your favorite
organization, place, or person for 10 Years:100
Milestones! Be sure to save the date for June 1, and
help celebrate the ENHA's 10th Anniversary!
|Commissioner Corner: Laurence Harrington
On October 18, 2005, Laurence C. Harrington, Senior
Vice President of North Shore Bank, assumed the
position of President of the Essex National Heritage
Commission. Larry has been affiliated with the ENHC
in a number of capacities including Commissioner,
Trustee and Officer since 1997. Larry is working hard
to increase visibility and support for the ENHC and
has identified key priorities for himself and the
organization in this new role including;
securing Congressional reauthorization of
ENHC's federal funding, cultivating
additional financial support for the ENHC at the State
level and encouraging the
assistance of corporate and individual
donors. The ENHC welcomes Larry as its new
President and we offer our support and
|Ten Most Endangered Historic Resources
On November 21, the nonprofit advocacy
PreservatiON MASS, announced its annual list of
Massachusetts' Ten Most Endangered Historic
Resources. Three ENHA resources were on this year's
list: Bradford College in Haverhill, the Rocky Neck
neighborhood in Gloucester, and Wenham Town Hall.
Earlier this fall, in a welcome reversal, Wenham
residents voted to preserve the well-known North
Shore landmark. Since the program's inception in
1993, 17 ENHA resources (individual and thematic)
have made the list, including the Merrimac Hat
Factory in Amesbury (1997), Newburyport's High
Street (1999), and Danvers State Hospital (2001).
The list is one of the first steps in focusing statewide
attention on the condition of these historic resources
and their importance to communities, and often
serves as a catalyst for extensive preservation
|Partnership Grant Spotlight On: The Trustees of Reservations
Designed by David Adler to be a Stuart-style English
country house for Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crane, Jr.,
the Great House at Castle Hill was bequeathed to The
Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) in 1949. TTOR has
partnered with ENHC in the past through the
program for the reconstruction of
the Casino retaining wall in 1998 and to conserve the
Paul Manship griffin sculptures in 2001. In 2003, the
Trustees removed thirteen exterior busts depicting
the Caesars of Rome to be conserved through a
Partnership Grant. Now in its second phase,
reproductions are being created for the
exterior of the house so the originals will be
protected from further deterioration.
The house and surrounding 165 acres are beautiful
for spring picnics and summer concerts, but it
is also a magnificent place to go in the winter.
TTOR holds many holiday events including holiday
parties and open houses, even holiday
parties for children. To sign up for these events
visit the ENHC calendar.
|National Heritage Area Highlight: Hudson River Valley NHA
From Tarrytown to Albany, explore the diverse sites
and resources of the Hudson River Valley. Designated
a National Heritage Area by Congress in 1996, The
mission of the Hudson River Valley National
Heritage Area is to "recognize, preserve, protect and
interpret the nationally significant cultural and
natural resources of the Hudson River Valley."
Three themes help highlight some of
the Area's stories and sites: Freedom & Dignity,
Nature & Culture, and Corridor of Commerce. If
you are planning a trip to New York or are looking for
weekend getaway ideas, visit their website.Take advantage of
pre-planned trip itineraries or plan your own! Two
upcoming events include: Hidden Treasures of the
Holiday Tradition With a Twist at Wilderstein.
|Secretary Galvin Awards MA Preservation Projects Fund Grants
Administered by the Massachusetts Historical
Commission (MHC), the Massachusetts Preservation Projects
Fund (MPPF) is a matching grant program
supporting preservation of cultural resources
listed in the State Register of Historic Places. By
providing assistance to historic cultural resources
MHC hopes to ensure their continued use and
Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis
Galvin announced projects awarded an MPPF grant.
Approved by the MHC at its November meeting,
$1,000,000 will be distributed to municipalities and
non-profit organizations across the Commonwealth,
including four in the Essex National Heritage Area:
Newburyport City Hall, Old South Church in
Newburyport, First Congregational
Church of Rowley, and the Congregational Church of
|Gloucester Receives Preserve America Designation
On November 28, Mayor John Bell announced that
the City of Gloucester was designated a Preserve
America Community. A White House
initiative enacted by the President in
March 2003, Preserve
encourages and supports preservation and enjoyment
of America’s priceless heritage. It directs federal
agencies to seek partnerships with
state and local governments to promote tourism,
revitalize communities, create jobs and educate.
Incorporated in 1873, Gloucester is America’s oldest
fishing port. Since the early 1700’s, Gloucester’s
fishing industry has been central to the
American economy. Gloucester has also captured the
America’s finest painters, writers, and poets, from
Hugh Lane to Winslow
Homer, from Captains Courageous to The
Storm. Rich in culture and maritime history,
Gloucester is a thriving city of
30,218, with a working waterfront, diverse
neighborhoods and emerging commercial and
Upcoming Explorers Events
Explorers! Please join us for these great
Saturday, January 28
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Lawrence History Center (LHC) and Lawrence
Heritage State Park (LHSP) offer Explorers exclusive
tours of the exhibits and archives that tell the story
of the city’s rich, industrial history. Explorers are
then invited to a free lunch at the Mill City Gourmet.
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
Doerfler or call 978-740-0444.
Join the Explorers today, get 10%
off your subscription and enjoy upcoming
Interested in becoming a Corporate Explorer?
What's your favorite regional 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. Do you have a holiday gift you
would like us to feature?
Imagine holiday packages tumbling out of the sky to
those eagerly awaiting on tiny islands below.
From the 1930s, the "Flying Santa" has brought
holiday cheer to families stationed in some of the
most remote places off the New England shore.
Complemented by fascinating vintage and newer
photos, Jeremy D'Entremont tells the story of
Flying Santa, from the first flight in 1929
through the present at the Wenham Museum,
Tuesday, December 13 at 7pm. Find out
buy tickets online.
ENHA celebrates 10 years in 2006!