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Preserving and promoting the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County.
January 2006

Mark your calendar...
for June 1st and Essentially Essex County, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Essex National Heritage Area. Please plan to join us for an evening of music, food and more as we honor the rich heritage of our region!

Still time to nominate milestones!
By now you have probably heard about our "10 Years, 100 Milestones" initiative, which will be an integral part of ENHC's 10th anniversary celebration. To date ENHC has received dozens of nominations recognizing regional success stories, and now we want to hear from you.
Milestones are stories about people and organizations who have fostered a greater appreciation of our regional heritage, enhancing the quality of life for all who live here. 10 Years, 100 Milestones! is important because it provides an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past ten years. Join those who have taken a moment to share their stories and share yours!

In this issue
  • Upcoming Explorers Events
  • Applications due March 1 for 2006 Partnership Grants!
  • Heritage Landscape Inventory Action Agenda Available
  • Commissioner Corner: Joanna Sullivan, Stanley Dodge & Brenda Tecce
  • Partnership Grant Spotlight On: the Town of Amesbury
  • The Merrimack River Eagle Festival
  • National Heritage Area Highlight:Blackstone NHC

  • Applications due March 1 for 2006 Partnership Grants!
    Partnershhip Grants

    ENHC is accepting applications for the ninth annual ENHC Partnership Grant Program! Grant applications are due by March 1, 2006. The matching grant program provides financial support to projects that encourage education, interpretation or preservation of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area and is open to Essex County non-profit organizations, cities and towns, government agencies and educational institutions.


    Heritage Landscape Inventory Action Agenda Available
    Tom Leonard

    Working with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), ENHC recently posted the Action Agenda created by participants in the Landscape of Opportunity Symposium. Building upon the ENHC/DCR heritage landscape inventory, the daylong symposium identified opportunities and strategies to preserve and enhance key regional landscapes such as city and town centers, farms, estates, transportation corridors and properties along the “water’s edge.” By providing web links to specific programs, laws, and published reports, the Action Agenda is meant to initiate dialogue between local officials, planners, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations regarding ways to meet the challenges faced by heritage landscape resource advocates. Considered a working document, readers are requested to augment the current Action Agenda by submitting ideas for additional web links to pertinent resources.


    Commissioner Corner: Joanna Sullivan, Stanley Dodge & Brenda Tecce
    ENHC staff with Joanne Sullivan of TD Banknorth

    The ENHC is proud to count among its Commissioners, three TD Banknorth, NA executives who share a commitment to heritage preservation and development. Newly-elected ENHC Trustee, Joanne Sullivan, has served the Commission since 2000, in her former capacity as Executive Director of the Haverhill Historical Society. An Amesbury resident and avid advocate for arts and culture in the Merrimack Valley, Joanne was recently named Assistant Vice President, Community Relations for TD Banknorth NA, working out of the Andover office. Joining the ENHC as first term Commissioners in October 2005 are long-time preservation activist E. Stanley Dodge, a TD Banknorth Vice President in Beverly, who is also active on the Wenham Planning Board and with the Peabody Essex Museum AND Brenda Tecce, SVP, North Shore Regional Sales Manager in Peabody. The ENHC looks forward to accepting Brenda’s invitation to appear on the local cable access television program she hosts in the southern New Hampshire market. The ENHC is most appreciative to TD Banknorth, NA for its continued contributions of employee time and financial support. The ENHC is thrilled to announce that TD Banknorth, NA has committed to serve, once again, as lead sponsor for the Trails & Sails 2006.


    Partnership Grant Spotlight On: the Town of Amesbury
    Rendering of Amesbury Cultural Center

    Located on the Merrimack and Powow Rivers, Amesbury has long been an industrial town. Harnessing the power of the Powow River, Amesbury is probably best know for its carriage manufacturing. Other Amesbury industrial endeavors include production of textiles, hats, nails, and candy as well as shipbuilding. Like many communities along the Merrimack River, Amesbury is seeing a revitalization of its historic downtown. At the center of this revival is the newly opened Amesbury Cultural Center. The center, located at 36 High Street, offers an introduction to the cultural and historic sites of the community. After receiving an ENHC Partnership Grant for planning and design, the center opened with a gala event on November 19. This past year Amesbury received a Partnership Grant to help fund an interactive kiosk for the center to link visitors to other historic sites. Next time you are in the Merrimack Valley stop at the center to learn about the great resources Amesbury has to offer.


    The Merrimack River Eagle Festival
    Eagle Festival Logo

    Winter's here—and with it, the Bald Eagles return to the Merrimack Valley. Celebrate these special winter residents of the greater Newburyport area! Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge are holding the first Merrimack River Eagle Festival on Saturday, February 18, 2006. Enjoy a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities, learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us.


    National Heritage Area Highlight:Blackstone NHC
    Blackstone River Valley

    Not far from the Essex National Heritage Area, is the Blackstone National Heritage Corridor. A river valley that stretches from the Blackstone River headwaters in Worcester, MA to the Narragansett Bay in Providence, RI. It is a living landscape where long and nationally pivotal history is visible through thousands of structures in distinctive landscapes, accessible through the living memory of its residents. The American Industrial Revolution began in the Blackstone River Valley changing the landscape of the Valley and transforming America. The River provided waterpower for the birth of industry in America with its 438-foot drop over a 46-mile length. Today, the Valley retains its “wholeness” as a unique landscape with a concentration of historic, cultural and natural resources that represent 18th and 19th century industrial production in America. Take a short drive and visit the corridor!


    Upcoming Explorers Events

    Explorers! Please join us for these great upcoming events!

    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.
    Explorers, Free/
    Non-Explorers, $7

    Sunday, February 12
    1 PM – 3 PM

    Peabody: The Leather City of the World Find out why the leather industry was one of the most dangerous jobs. Join us at the "George Peabody House" and discover the era that defined Peabody as "the Leather City of the World." The exclusive tour will highlight the amazing life of George Peabody, the founder of modern philanthropy.
    Explorers, Free/
    Non-Explorers, $7

    Saturday, February 18
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Creatures of Industry
    Join us at the Wenham Museum to discover one of the Area’s earliest industries. An exclusive lecture will teach us about the interaction between American Indians and European traders who came to North America in the late 16th century in search of beaver pelts for the fashion world in Europe. A tour will follow of the Thompson Gallery, transformed into a lush forest, with pelts and tails to touch and items of trade brought by Europeans.
    Explorers: Free; Non-Explorers: $7

    Contact Sheilagh to RSVP

    Special thanks to our new Corporate Explorer! Nutter Tree Farm

    Are you interested in becoming a Corporate Explorer?

    Did you know...?

    More than 400 species of birds visit or live in Essex County during the year. Read below to find out more about the Merrimack Valley Eagle Festival and learn about one of our favorite flighty residents.

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