Essex Heritage Photo Safaris
The ENHC is working with Hunt's
Photo & Video to present three
Essex Heritage Photo Safaris in 2006. Participants
will have the opportunity to test the newest digital
photography and optic equipment from Canon, Nikon
and Olympus with backdrops featuring some of
the Area's best natural, cultural and historic
landscapes. Each event will feature demonstrations,
lectures and tips from professional photographers and
camera manufacturers. Participants will be able to
take their images home on disc and receive
a $50 gift certificate for a future equipment purchase
at Hunt's! Join us for these exciting
events. Space is limited, registration is required.
Visit Essex Heritage
Photo Safaris for event dates and registration,
Explorers receive a discount!
|Trails & Sails 2006 - Event Submissions due May 1
This September, ENHC will host the 5th annual Trails
A Weekend of Walks and Water!
ENHC looks forward to a full compliment of new and
returning events. The weekend of free events,
on September 23-24, will feature trails and sails that
celebrate and explore our natural, cultural and
historic resources as well as events that fit two new
categories - Doors Open and Art Escapes. For more
information, contact Kate.
Submission guidelines and forms are
Trails & Sails 2006 is sponsored by TD
Banknorth and Eastern Bank.
|Essex County Birding Trail Takes Flight!
With more than 400 species of birds living in Essex
County for all or part of the year, the Area has
become one of the finest for bird watching in the
country. To encourage residents and visitors to
learn more about one of the region’s most valuable
resources, ENHC has created the Essex County Birding Trail, an on-line
resource containing detailed information on
approximately 35 of the finest birding locations
across the region. The Essex County Birding Trail will
be officially launched on Saturday, April 29, with a
series of free, guided walks!
The ENHC created the Essex County Bird Trail
with the help of the Massachusetts Department of
Conservation & Resources, Massachusetts Division of
Fisheries and Wildlife, Massachusetts Audubon
Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and
|Archives Alive! Spring Workshop - May 12
Please join us for the spring Archives Alive!
workshop on Friday, May 12 from 9am - 2:30pm
at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
in South Hamilton. Click here for event
registration, information, directions and agenda.
Historical records and archival collections offer
our clearest insight into the past. If thoughtfully
promoted, these collections also offer a great
opportunity to grow new audiences. Through
presentations and best practice discussions,
workshop participants will learn about the value of
crafting an overall public message, preparing for a
promotional campaign, and developing a public
relations plan to promote archival collections.
Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their
project and program ideas to share, as a portion of
each session will be devoted to extensive questions
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Board of Library
Commissioners, the Northeast Massachusetts
Regional Library System, and the Northeast
Document Conservation Center.
|ENHC & MassInnovation, LLC
The Essex National Heritage Commission is thrilled
MassInnovation, LLC, is a mural sponsor for
Essentially Essex County.
MassInnovation, led by President & CEO Robert
Ansin, is in the process of redeveloping the Worsted
Wood Mill in Lawrence. At a remarkable 1.3 million
square feet, the Wood Mill is the largest original mill
building standing in Lawrence. This beautiful building
stretches along the Merrimack will soon be
reinvented as Lawrence's first premiere mixed-use
residential community. MassInnovation has
sponsored the original painting by Julia Purinton of
the Merrimack River Valley. The painting will be on
display at the Essentially Essex County event
|Commissioner Corner - Frank Drauszewski
Commissioner Frank Drauszewski has been on staff at
the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
(PRNWR) for nearly
fourteen years. A key partner in the development of
the Essex County Birding Trail, Frank has contributed
details and insight regarding the region’s birding and
natural resources. The Refuge and the Great Marsh
have both been named Important Bird Areas by the
MA Audubon Society. In addition, PRNWR is a regional
site in the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve
(WHSRN), identifying it as a significant site for shorebird
survival. Frank loves the area because, “There are
so many resources – cultural, natural and historic.
The Birding Trail is a natural fit because this is one of
the top birding sites in the world.” Frank
has also hosted kayaking events for Trails & Sails and
the Refuge visitor center hosted the ENHC’s annual
meeting in October 2005. ENHC would like to thank
Frank for the work he continues to do for
the preservation and promotion of this region's
|North Shore Music Theatre Offers Discount to Explorers
North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is offering
all Essex National Heritage Explorers a special
discount ticket offer to their all new production of
Damn Yankees, 25 - May 14, presented in
association with The Boston Red Sox. This newly
revised musical, created specifically for NSMT, puts a
new spin on this classic which now tells
the story of a die-hard Red Sox fan who makes a
deal with the devil to help the Sox take the pennant
from the dreaded Yankees. Based on a concept by
Jon Kimbell, Joe DiPietro (Memphis, All Shook Up, I
Love You! You're Perfect! Now Change!) has adapted
the original book by Douglass Wallop and George
Abbott - for this production only - to feature plenty
of surprises and special appearances that will thrill
theater-goers and Red Sox fans alike!
|Partnership Grant Spotlight: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Visit Cape Ann this spring, and stop at the
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (GMHC). The
GMHC features the oldest continuously
operating marine railway in the country, a Gulf of
Maine aquarium, ongoing construction of wooden
boats, and educational exhibits and programs. The
exhibits are geared towards both children and adults
in the wonderful setting of old Gloucester Harbor.
GMHC has participated in the ENHC
Partnership Program many times since it’s founding on
Harbor Loop in 1999. The grants have helped fund
various educational programs related to maritime
history and marine science, focusing on
Gloucester. This past year the Center received a History in the Making grant that
explores five themes important to Gloucester’s
history through site visits and art projects
introducing children to the evolution of their
Visit the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.
|National Heritage Area Highlight: Rivers of Steel NHA
Rivers of Steel National Heritage
Area encompasses 3,000 sq miles in
southwestern Pennsylvania. Committed to
preserving, interpreting, and managing the historic,
cultural, and natural resources connected to Big
Steel and its related industries, Rivers of Steel builds
on this area's remarkable transition away from heavy
industry and bolsters the new regional economy by
promoting tourism and economic development based
on this historic industrial saga. From
1875-1980, southwestern Pennsylvania was the
Steel Making Capital of the World, producing steel for
some of America's great icons. During World War I &
II, our steel workers carried a nation's defense on
their backs, producing more steel, armor and
armaments in a single year than entire countries.
While many of the region's legendary mill sites have
been dismantled, the enormity of the region's steel-
making contributions and its historical significance to
the nation demand its story be told.
Upcoming Explorers Events
Explorers! Please join us for these great
Sunday, April 23,
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Vintage Base Ball Endicott Park,Danvers:
Join us at Endicott Park in Danvers for a Vintage
Base Ball game between the Essex Base Ball Club and
the Lynn Live Oaks. Learn all about 1860s Vintage
Base Ball, a game that banned the use of gloves and
had no strike zone. A scrimmage between Essex and
Lynn will follow the exclusive lecture. Explorers are
then invited to try their hand at Vintage Base Ball
and talk to the players.
Contact Sheilagh to RSVP
Program advertising is still available! Rates begin at
For complete information, contact Kate
Fox. The advertising deadline
for the program is April 14, 2006.
ENHC's Semi-Annual Meeting
Please join the ENHC and our Commissioners on
Tuesday morning, May 2nd at the Nevins
Memorial Library in Methuen, for the ENHC Semi-
Annual meeting. Plans for the celebration of the
ENHA's 10th anniversary, updates on ENHA initiatives
and programs, introduction of new Commissioners,
and award presentations will take place at the
meeting. For more information click here!
Annual FAM Tour!
On Friday, May 12th, come enjoy the beauty of the
Essex National Heritage Area! This year's ENHA
Volunteer Familiarization Tour includes sites in
Ipswich, and Essex and will expose you to the riches
of the Area and help us all better serve our visitors.
Contact Chrissy at 978-740-0444.
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.
Congratulations to the City of Gloucester!
Maximizing the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Visitor
Experience. Announced in March, the City of
Gloucester is the
recipient of a 2006 Preserve America Grant! Funded
at $140,000 the grant will attract and enable more
visitors for the Maritime Trail by production of a web-
based marketing program, installation of directional
markers, and new exhibits.
Celebrating 10 Years as a National Heritage Area!