Essentially Essex County
The countdown to June 1 is on! Don’t miss
Essentially Essex County, featuring keynote
speaker, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and
Master-of-Ceremonies, NECN newsman, Chet Curtis.
The Essex County 100 Milestones in Heritage
Development will be announced at this unique
celebration of the Area’s rich and diverse resources.
Please join us! If you have not yet purchased
tickets, you can do so here
or call the ENHC at (978) 740-0444.
|May 20 - Essex Heritage Photo Safaris!
Have you had your eye on a new digital SLR camera,
but you want to know what kind of photographs it
takes before you make your investment? ENHC has
the events for you! Join us for one of three Heritage
Photos Safaris, presented by Hunt’s
Photo & Video in conjunction with Nikon,
Olympus, Canon and Delkin Devices. Each
event will highlight a beautiful heritage destination
and the latest in digital camera equipment from
Nikon, Olympus or Canon. Participants will learn from
the pros and will be able to take their images home,
courtesy of memory sticks provided by Delkin. In
addition, Hunt’s Photo & Video is giving each
participant a $50 gift certificate for a future
Space is limited and reservations are required. Sign
up here or call Chrissy at (978) 740-
Once you have taken your pictures, submit them
for prizes! Learn about the ENHC’s anniversary
Photo Contest. Submissions must be received
before November 10, 2006.
|Essex County Art Trail!
Explore the places that have inspired the art
throughout the ENHA. ENHC is pleased to present
the new Essex County Art Trail, available here
and at Escapes
North. The trail is part of a year-long
regional collaboration with the North of Boston
Convention & Visitors Bureau, Peabody Essex Museum
and many other sites and organizations. The trail
highlights the places and people
in Essex County that shine light on the region
through their art. The Peabody Essex Museum’s
remarkable new exhibit, Painting Summer in New
England, was the catalyst for this promotion. Be
sure to include it in your exploration of the Area’s
many inspirational destinations.
|May 12 - Archives Alive! Spring Workshop
Please join us for the spring Archives Alive!
workshop this 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.
|Commissioner Corner: Welcome New Commissioners!
On Tuesday, May 2 the ENHC held its semi-annual
commission meeting at Nevins Memorial Library in
Methuen. ENHC is pleased to welcome the following
new commissioners who were officially introduced at
Robert Ansin, Founder, President &
Monarch on the Merrimack
Pedro L. Arce, Vice President, CRA Loan Manager,
Joseph J. Caporale, CFRE President & COO,
Ruotolo Associates, Inc.
Richard F. Moore, Senior Vice President, Eastern
Investment Advisors &
Essex Agricultural Society
Richard J. Passeri, Facilities Management
Consultant, North Shore Community
Kevin M. Tierney, President & CEO,
|ENHC Award Recipients Announced
In addition to Commissioner elections, the ENHC
semi-annual meeting featured award presentations.
ENHC was please to present awards to the following
Congressman Martin T. Meehan
Richard Cunningham, Newbury Historian
Emily Fertik, former Executive Director, Wenham
Sharon M. Pollard, former Mayor of Methuen
Richard Scott, Charles District Manager,
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and
Joanne Sullivan, Assistant Vice President,
Community Relations, TD Banknorth,
Director, Haverhill Historical Society
|Explorers Partner: Sail aboard the Schooner FAME!
Once a fast "Chebacco" fishing schooner,
FAME was built in Gloucester, owned in Salem
and reborn as a privateer when war broke out in
1812. One of the first American privateers
to get to sea and send in a captured vessel, FAME
took at least 21 prizes off Maine, and Canada before
being lost in the Bay of Fundy
in 1814. In June 2003, 11th generation boat builder,
Harold Burnham, launched a new FAME, an
historically accurate replica of the original from his
Essex boatyard. The new FAME sails from Pickering
Wharf in Salem for cruises on Salem Sound.
On her educational sails, you can learn about
fisherman, pirates, privateers, traders and the men of
war who shaped the region. FAME hosts a variety of
programs for young and old. Click
more information or call 978-729-7600. Explorers,
please show valid Explorers' Membership Card for
discount to receive 50% off all sails during the month
|Partnership Grant Spotlight On: The Town of Salisbury
Enjoy the region’s beautiful spring weather! Take a
walk on the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail in Salisbury.
While there, take note of the four interpretive signs
unveiled last month during an Earth Day celebration.
The graphically resplendent signs were designed,
fabricated, and installed with the help of a 2005
ENHC Partnership Grant.
In addition to an entrance sign, signs tell stories
of the area's developmental history, the “ghost”
trains, and the notorious 1926 train robbery. After
the unveiling, attended by State Representative
Michael Costello and Betsy Goodrich of the national
Conservancy, a group of 50 volunteers
cleaned winter debris from the trail and held a
With ongoing support from the Salisbury Coastal
Trails, the Coastal Trails
Coalition, and the ENHC, the Town of Salisbury
has plans to further enhance its community trails.
Once completed, the now partially improved two-mile
Salisbury Point Ghost Trail will link with Amesbury’s
Riverwalk to the west and with the 4-mile long
Old Eastern Main Line to the east. The trails are all
part of the envisioned four community, 30-mile long
Coastal Trails Network.
|National Heritage Area Highlight: Shenandoah Valley Battlefields
A central part of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields
Foundation’s mission is to preserve Civil War
battlefields in the
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic
both directly and by
enabling landowners and local organizations to do so.
Exploring the rich legacy of the Valley’s Civil War
heritage is only possible with the protection of its
historic places. Today visitors are able to view the
landscape much as it was seen by soldiers and
civilians during the important Civil War campaigns in
the Valley. On these landscapes rests a multitude of
memories, stories, lives, battles and lessons that
make up much of what we know today as the Civil
War. A great deal can be learned from our valuable
past—ultimately, protecting this historic resource
protects America’s future. Check out upcoming events...
Upcoming Explorers Events
Explorers! Please join us for these great
Sunday, June 4, 5–6PM
Green Meadows Farm, Hamilton
Come on down to the farm as we go behind-the-
scenes of Green
Meadows Farm, a USDA certified, organic
vegetable & fruit farm located on the Patton Estate
in Hamilton. On this tour, Explorers will catch a
glimpse of what goes on behind the farm stand and
learn more about the farm’s 200 member CSA
(Community Supported Agriculture) and the critical
role CSAs are playing in preserving agriculture in
towns with significant development pressure. Tours
will be on well grated gravel roads. Explorers: Free;
Contact Sheilagh to RSVP
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...?
Richardson’s Dairy Farm in Danvers and Middleton
was founded in 1690 and today produces 3.7 million
pounds of milk and 800,000 gallons of ice cream each
Celebrating 10 Years as a National Heritage Area!