Plans continue to grow for the celebration of the
Essex National Heritage Area’s 10th Anniversary!
With the help of ENHC Commissioner Rich Yagjian and
Photo and Video, the ENHC is sponsoring a
photo contest to celebrate the special
people and places of the Essex National
Heritage Area. The contest kicks off in
early summer. Winners will be announced in
To help improve your photographic
skills, ENHC will be hosting a series of “photo days” in
the spring. Participants will be able to test the
latest in camera equipment while enjoying some of
the region's natural and historic sites. More details
will be available soon.
Save the Date!
Please join us on June 1 for
Essentially Essex County, an evening
celebrating the Essex National Heritage Area. NECN
anchor Chet Curtis will be our emcee for this exciting
event featuring Senator Edward M. Kennedy
as keynote speaker. The first recipient of the
Thomas M. Leonard Partnership Grant Award and
recognition of the ENHA 100 Milestones
will also be announced. For event information
and to purchase tickets click here.
|New Scenic Byway Grant Sought
With the support and cooperation of elected and
municipal officials representing 8 ENHA
communities, the ENHC recently submitted a
$120,000 grant application to the Massachusetts
Highway Department. Federal funds from the National Scenic
Byway Program (NSBP) are being sought to
prepare a corridor management plan for the Essex
Coastal Scenic Byway, the 40-mile route begins in
Lynn and passes through Swampscott, Marblehead,
Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester
and Rockport. State legislation introduced by Rep.
Mary Grant of Beverly designating the route was
passed June 2005. The corridor management plan will
outline strategies for preserving and enhancing
the byway's cultural, historic, natural, recreational,
and scenic qualities. Completing the plan is a
prerequisite to pursuing additional NSBP funding to
implement elements of the plan. Find out about the
ENHA Scenic Byway...
|"Barn Basics" Seminar - April 1
Preservation Mass and ENHC are co-sponsoring a day-
long “Barn Basics” Seminar hosted by Preservation
Mass’ Barn Task Force on Saturday, April 1st at the
North Shore Community College Danvers campus.
This seminar will provide helpful information for
owners, groups and individuals interested in
preserving old barns, carriage houses, as well as
architects, members of building trades, and engineers
who are in need of information on barn
repair and timber frame construction.
PreserveMassBarns.org for more information on
the Barn Task Force and seminar information
including; program outline, speakers, directions,
registration, and the event brochure.
|Commissioner Corner: Eastern Bank & the ENHC - A Heritage Partnership
The ENHC is thankful for its long-standing partnership
with the leaders at
Eastern Bank. With 72
branches, Eastern is the largest bank headquartered
in Massachusetts, and their leaders have been
active Corporate Partners from the ENHC’s
inception. Eastern’s Chairman & CEO, Stanley J.
Lukowski, has served the ENHC as a founding
Commissioner since 1997. He was a key
figure in the creative conception of the ENHA while
involved with the Salem Partnership in the 1980's &
90’s. We congratulate Stan on 30 years of
unprecedented success and leadership at Eastern
and wish him well upon his retirement at
Nancy Huntington Stager, Senior Vice President
at Eastern for 10 years, has served the ENHC as a
Commissioner and Trustee since 2004 and was
elected Vice President of the ENHC in 2005.
“It’s great to be associated with an organization
whose educational programs build awareness and
encourage the preservation of the Essex County
historic, cultural, and natural resources. Our families
at Eastern Bank especially look forward to
participating in the annual Trails & Sails event.”
ENHC would like to acknowledge the tremendous
contributions Eastern Bank has made to the ENHC as
a Corporate Partner, annual sponsor of Trails & Sails,
and this year, as sponsor of the Seacoast Mural for
the ENHA’s 10th anniversary celebration, one of
three panels, that will be digitally enlarged and serve
as a backdrop and inspiration during the ENHC’s June
|Partnership Grant Spotlight On: The Wenham Museum
The Wenham Museum is a must see for anyone with
children on the North Shore. Located in Wenham
center, the Museum features a wonderful model train
room, a world-famous toy and doll collection, and the
historic, circa 1690, Claflin-Richards House. While
many of the exhibits are perfect for children, they
are also interesting for adults.
The Wenham Museum has been an enthusiastic
participant of the ENHC Partnership Program. Over
the years, the Museum has received grants that
have funded preservation work on the
Claflin-Richards House, interactive exhibits, and
original education programs for children. The most
recent grant is an after-school archaeology program
for middle school children.
The Museum also offers lectures for the
grown-ups. On Tuesday, March 14, Bill Sargent will
host a lecture featuring his book about the seasons
of The Great Marsh. For more information on this
event, visit the ENHC
Calendar or Wenham
|National Heritage Area Highlight: The Augusta Canal
Built in 1845 as a source of power, water and
transportation, the Augusta
Canal is the only intact
industrial canal in the American South in continuous
use. Spearheaded by native
Augustan Henry H. Cumming, who perceived that
Augusta could one day become “the Lowell of the
South,” the Canal began to fulfill Cumming’s vision in
short order. By 1847 the first factories - a saw and
grist mill and the Augusta Factory - were built, the
first of many that would eventually line the Canal.
During the Civil War it was the site of the
Confederate State of America Powderworks complex.
Deepened and widened in the 1870s, the canal
brought an industrial boom to the city, especially in
textile manufacturing. In 1975 the Canal
and its mills were listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and declared National Historic
Landmark in 1978. In 1996 the United States
Congress designated the Augusta Canal and nearby
land a National Heritage Area.
Upcoming Explorers Events
Explorers! Please join us for these great
Thursday, March 23
7 PM– 8 PM
Essex County's Grand Golf History:
Presented by Gary Larrabee, author of "The
Green and Gold Coast: The History of Golf on
Boston's North Shore: 1893-2001"
Gary, noted journalist, historian and book author, will
use his volume, published in conjunction with the
2001 U.S. Senior Open at Salem, as a guide in
discussing the region's historic links to the game
locally and nationally tracing the roots of the game in
Essex County from Appleton Farm in Ipswich and the
grand estates of Beverly Farms to the official birth of
the region's greatest golf courses at Manchester
(Essex County Club), Myopia (South Hamilton) and
Salem (Salem CC, later relocated to Sanders Farm in
Contact Sheilagh to RSVP
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Did you know...?
Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted
designed one of the country’s earliest “subdivisions”
in Swampscott? Read more from the Swampscott Reconnaissance Report.
Celebrating 10 Years as a National Heritage Area!