Happy New Year!
2006 marks the
beginning of a very special year for
the ENHC as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of
the creation of the Essex National Heritage Area.
Throughout the year, we will be hosting special
events and celebrating some of the remarkable
people and places that make the Essex National
Heritage Area such as special place to live.
Each issue of this newsletter will include
and highlights of our anniversary plans. You can also
find more information about our 10th Anniversary
Celebrations by visiting
|2006 Partnership Grant Applications due March 1
ENHC is accepting applications for the
ENHC Partnership Grant Program! The matching
grant program is designed to provide financial support
to projects that encourage education, interpretation
or preservation of the unique historic, cultural and
natural resources within the Essex National Heritage
Area. Open to Essex County non-profit
organizations, cities and towns, government agencies
and educational institutions, grant awards will range
from $1,000 - $15,000 per project. Partnership
Grants are awarded in five categories: After-School
and Out-of-School Heritage Education; Heritage
Interpretation and Programming; Heritage
Preservation and Resource Stewardship; Archives
and Historical Records; and Trails and Greenways.
Grant applications are due by March 1, 2006.
|Thomas M. Leonard Partnership Grant for Education
This year, we have established a new education
grant in recognition of founding ENHC President Tom
Leonard. The Thomas M. Leonard Partnership Grant
for Education is designed to nurture the future
stewards of historic, cultural and natural
resources of the region. This annual financial award,
funded by private and public donations, will be
granted to a qualified Essex County non-profit
organization serving at risk youth and will fund a
program designed to increase awareness and a
commitment to preserve Area resources for future
Our goal is to raise $35,000 to sustain the funding of
this award for years to come. We invite you to show
your support and honor the legacy of community
service begun by Tom Leonard by making a donation
to the fund that bears his name. Every dollar
received in support of the Thomas M. Leonard
Partnership Grant for Education will be directed
to this specific grant fund.
|Commissioner Corner: Donald P. Gill
Donald P. Gill, President of the First National Bank
of Ipswich, has been affiliated with the ENHC
2000, as a Commissioner, Trustee and as
ENHC Treasurer. His financial expertise and sound
business recommendations have contributed greatly
to the strength of the ENHC’s fiscal position.
Concurrently, Don has led the FNBI through a period
of impressive expansion. With its signature focus on
customer service and convenience, FNBI serves
North Shore residents who live and commute
Boston and Portsmouth, offering the full range of
competitive and convenient banking products and
Don recognizes the synergy between the ENHC’s
mission and FNBI’s commitment to the quality of life
on the North Shore. FNBI has been a Corporate
Partner; Trails & Sails sponsor and most recently,
has taken a leadership role in committing to early
sponsorship of ENHC's 10th anniversary celebration,
Essentially Essex County, on June 1,
We thank Don and FNBI for their continuous support
and commitment. We wish our partners every
success in 2006!
|National Scenic Byway Program
Working with state representative Mary Grant of
Beverly, area legislators, and local officials, ENHC is
helping to preserve and enhance the scenic, historic,
and natural qualities of a 40-mile coastal highway
route. Through Rep. Grant's leadership, portions of
routes 1A, 129, 129A, 114 and 127 in the
communities of Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead,
Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester,
and Rockport were designated as a state scenic
byway earlier this year. Current efforts are focused
on submission of an application to the National
Scenic Byway Program for funding to prepare a
corridor management plan. The finished plan will set
forth overall goals for the byway as well as specific
activities to be accomplished over time, many of
which will be eligible for additional federal funds.
The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is the second state
designated byway in the ENHA. It joins a 24-mile
route linking Gloucester with Newburyport that was
designated in 2003.
|Teach America Grant
ENHC, in partnership with Beverly Public Schools,
Salem State College and the National Archives and
Records Administration recently received a three-
year, $999,052, Teach America Grant to
develop. Using ESSEX History (UEH). UEH is
designed to increase teachers'
knowledge, understanding and appreciation of key
events and issues in American history through an
intensive, ongoing professional development program.
Through intensive monthly seminars held on site at
historic sites and archives, UEH will provide Essex
County's middle and high school teachers with the
increased content knowledge that will allow them to
improve the quality of instruction given to their
students. The first seminar, Early Colonial History, will
be held on February 16, 2006 at the Beverly Public
Library. Click here
for a seminar application or for more
information on UEH.
|Partnership Grant Spotlight On: The town of Nahant
At the southern most point in Essex County, Nahant
is a resort town with an early colonial farm history.
With many historic structures from the turn of the
last century, and sweeping views from its beaches,
Nahant is a picturesque place to visit. The Town is
conscience of these facts and strives to
preserve these special characteristics.
With the help of a 2005 ENHC Partnership Grant, the
Town is in the process of planning for a 1.6-
mile trail that will link important historical,
environmental, and recreational sites in Nahant. The
trail will follow the coast along “Short Beach,” then
run through magnificent natural wetlands, ending at
Bailey’s Hill, which offers brilliant views of the North
Shore and the Boston skyline. Previously, the Town
received a grant to make renovations and repairs to
the historic Nahant Life Saving Station. With the help
from the Partnership Grant, the Life Saving Station
will be appreciated for generations to come.
|Join the Explorers today get 10% off!
Join today and enjoy upcoming
events for free!
Interested in becoming a Corporate Explorer
As an Explorer, you will receive a quarterly
newsletter, The Explorers Guide
, filled with
information about unique and unusual heritage
destinations throughout the Essex National Heritage
Area, and be
invited to exclusive events free-of-charge
throughout the year that take you
behind-the-scenes and immerse you into the
Area's rich heritage.
Upcoming Explorers Events
Explorers! Please join us for these great
Saturday, January 28
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Living Lawrence: The Lawrence History Center
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
Sunday, February 5
10 AM – 11 AM
The History of the Shoe:
Join us at the Cummings Center in Beverly to relive
the history of the United Shoe Machinery Corporation
(USM), which, at its creation in 1905, was the
largest factory in the world.
themes: 100 Milestones
Help us celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the
Essex National Heritage Area. This summer,
Explorers Events will highlight some of the
outstanding accomplishments of both the people and
the organizations of Essex County. Please
Doerfler or call 978-740-0444.
What's your favorite regional gift?
EssexHeritage.org is featuring Heritage 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 gift you
would like us to feature?
Heritage Area Highlight: Illinois & Michigan NHA
The Illinois &
Michigan Canal, completed in 1848,
connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River
watershed along a longstanding Indian portage route.
The 97-mile canal extended from the Chicago River
near Lake Michigan to the Illinois River at Peru,
Illinois. It rapidly transformed Chicago from a small
settlement to a critical transportation hub between
the East and the developing Midwest. The towpath
trail along the canal is a State park that runs through
a rural and wooded landscape linking a number of
towns laid out by the original canal commission.
Visit I&M NHA
Celebrating 10 Years as a National Heritage Area!