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
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!
|Applications due March 1 for 2006 Partnership Grants!
ENHC is accepting applications for the
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
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
|Commissioner Corner: Joanna Sullivan, Stanley Dodge & Brenda Tecce
The ENHC is proud to count among its
Commissioners, three TD Banknorth,
who share a commitment to heritage preservation
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
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
|The Merrimack River Eagle Festival
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Share the region!
Give a heritage gift! EssexHeritage.org features
Heritage gifts -
local products that capture the uniqueness of
Celebrating 10 Years as a National Heritage Area!