ENHC wishes you a very happy holiday
and a happy new year!
|The 2007 Partnership Grant Cycle
Guidelines and applications for ENHC 2007 Partnership
Grants will be available in the first week of
The Partnership Grant program provides matching
funds to projects that preserve and promote the
historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex
National Heritage Area, and encourages organizations
to work cooperatively on these projects. Grants are
offered in five categories: Heritage Education,
Heritage Interpretation, Heritage Preservation and
Research Stewardship, Archives and Historical
Records, and Trails and Greenways. Grant
applications are due March 1, 2007. For more
Steelman (Preservation, Archives and Trails
projects) or Kate Fox
(Education and Interpretation
|First Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest a Success!
The ENHC announced the winners of the Essex
National Heritage Area Photo Contest last month.
Qualifying photographs were required to represent
one of three categories of Area resources: Natural
resources, such as farms, marshland, and wildlife;
Cultural resources, such as museums, musical
performances, and festivals; or Historic resources,
including people and places that tell the story of the
region’s early settlement, maritime or industrial
Contest judges were Stanley Forman, Pulitzer
Prize-winning photographer and cameraman for WCVB
Channel 5, and Rich Yagjian, Chief Operating Officer
of Hunt’s Photo and Video in Melrose, MA. Prizes
were generously contributed by Hunt's Photo &
Video, Olympus, Nikon, and Canon.
Winning photographs can be viewed on the ENHC website.
|Commissioner Corner: Richard Yagjian
Since joining the ENHC as a Commissioner in October
2005, Rich Yagjian has made a distinctive mark on
the organization, spearheading a number of initiatives
that have taken the ENHC in new and exciting
directions. As the COO for Hunt's Photo & Video in
Melrose, Rich used his experience and business
relationships to create the innovative ENHC Photo
Safari Program which gave participants opportunities
to experience and photograph many of the visual
wonders of the region while experimenting with new
camera equipment offered by Canon, Nikon and
Working with ENHC’s Kate Fox, Rich also helped
develop, promote, and judge the first ENHC Photo
Contest and provided fabulous camera prizes to our
In September 2006, Rich became a
member of the ENHC Board of Trustees. In
addition to his tremendous contributions to the ENHC
this year, Rich serves as President of the North
Shore Community College Foundation, he is the Chair
of the Retirement Board for the City of Peabody, and
is a member of the Board of Directors for Project
Save Armenian Photograph Archives, which works to
preserve Armenian history through the photograph.
Rich resides in Peabody with his wife Cheryl.
|Changes within the ENHC
The Essex National Heritage Commission is pleased to
announce the following staff promotions:
Susan Lippman has been named Chief Operating
Officer, responsible for managing the organization’s
finance, administration and, human resource
Kate Fox and Bill Steelman have been
named Co-Directors of Heritage Development. Kate
will be responsible for the organization’s audience
engagement and development programs, including
Trails & Sails, Photo Safaris, and the ENHC on-line
resource guides, as well as managing the education,
interpretation, and visitor center categories of the
ENHC Partnership Grant program. Bill will manage the
ENHC’s Scenic Byways, Trails & Greenways, and
Heritage Preservation programs, as well as the
preservation, archives, and trails categories of the
Partnership Grant program.
been named Director of Development and will
spearhead the ENHC’s fundraising and development
initiatives, as well as the Friendship Sails outreach
program with the National Park Service.
Elizabeth Rankin has been named Project
Manager, responsible for overseeing the Essex
Heritage Explorers program and the production of the
Commission’s numerous communications pieces.
In addition, the ENHC is pleased to
introduce Matteo Pangallo as Executive Assistant.
Matteo joined the staff in early December, and will
provide administrative support to the executive
team and development department. A resident of
Salem, Matteo is a graduate of Bates College and is
the founder of the Salem Theatre
|NPS Announces New National Heritage Areas
National Park Service (NPS) Director Mary Bomar
recently announced the creation of 10 National
Heritage Areas (NHA) located in 15 states. The NHA
designation acknowledges the national significance of
a region’s culture and geography.
“National Heritage Areas are wonderful examples of
cooperative conservation,” said Bomar. “These areas
encourage citizens, government agencies, non-profit
groups, and private partners to work together to plan
and implement strategies to recognize, preserve, and
celebrate many of America’s defining landscapes.”
Click here for the full press release.
|National Heritage Area Highlight: Lackawanna Valley NHA
Lackawanna Valley embodies the American
experience. The region's anthracite coal, railroads,
and iron works fueled the nation's massive industrial
expansion. Its industry staged some of the great
battles between capitalism and social responsibility
and its people, the thousands of immigrants who
came here to build a new life, ended up building a
new nation. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley
Authority plays a vital role in promoting and
preserving our region’s proud heritage and its
important contributions to the history of the United
States. Read the latest LHVA Newsletter (pdf)!
Upcoming Explorers Events
From Sail to Rail: The Phillips Family after Salem’s
Golden Age of Sail
Wednesday, January 17, 7PM
at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s
Margherita M. Desy, site manager
the Phillips House in Salem, Historic New England’s
most recently acquired property, will detail the
workings of the Phillips Wharf, the coming of the
Salem & Lowell Railroad, and explore how Salem
adapted to the decline in shipping in the mid-19th
Trains and Carriages - The Railroads to Amesbury
Sunday, January 21, 2-3PM
At one time the Amesbury Railroad Branch was
a leader delivering the highest number of 'horse
drawn carriages' to the USA and the world.
Our talk will discuss the growth of the railroad
industry in the Amesbury and Newburyport area and
reflect on its rich industrial heritage. After the talk
there will be a chance to examine the railroad
museum and the original Salisbury Point station. The
museum contains artifacts, maps, and several model
train layouts. Salisbury
Point Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to
preserving (and enjoying) railroad history in North
Get more info here.
Email Sheilagh to RSVP.
Did you know...?
Gloucester is home to the oldest working art colony
in the country? Located in East Gloucester, the
Neck Art Colony.
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