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Trails & Sails, September 28-30!
Trails & Sails returns for a sixth year of free discoveries throughout the Essex National Heritage Area September 28-30.  The weekend will feature more than 160 events hosted by 89 unique locations throughout the region.  As always, all Trails & Sails events are free!  Complete information, including the schedule of events, can be found at  You can get your schedule of events in any Eagle Tribune newspaper (The Salem News, The Gloucester Times, Newburyport Daily News, Andover Townsman, and The Eagle Tribune) on Thursday, September 20, at participating TD Banknorth locations in the Area, or click here for a downloadable pdf (8.5x14).
The Sixth Annual Trails & Sails is presented by TD Banknorth and Eagle Tribune Publishing.
In This Issue
2007 ENHA Photo Contest
Thank You!
Partnership Grant Spotlight On: Congregational Church of Topsfield
ENHA Guides
Heritage Area Highlight: Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
2007 NEMA Conference
Upcoming Explorers Events
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The Essex National Heritage Commission is holding its second annual photography contest, presented by Hunt's Photo & Video in Melrose.  ENHC encourages submission of photographs that represent the natural, cultural, and historic resources in the Area as well as photographs that feature the Area's architectural heritage.  Prizes include a new DSLR camera kit, point-and-shoot digital cameras, and gift certificates to Hunt's.  For complete information visit,

Thank You

The ENHC and National Park Service thank the City of Lynn and a long list of public partners, corporate sponsors and in-kind donors for the hospitality and support we received last month when the replica 1797 tall ship Friendship of Salem visited Lynn's waterfront. Over the course of a four day visit to the Seaport Landing Marina, over 3500 residents and visitors boarded the ship for free dockside tours.  More than 1,000 children participated in the Friendship Junior Ranger Ship's Mate program, piloted especially for Lynn.  The success of this visit was made possible by many generous organizations and dedicated volunteers. Thank you!
Partnership Grant Spotlight on:
Congregational Church of Topsfield
Images from the COngregational Chursh renovation in Topsfield
Ever-present on Topsfield's historic town common, the iconic steeple and main facade of the 1842 meetinghouse owned by the Congregational Church of Topsfield were recently restored. Utilizing time-honored timber framing materials and techniques employed during its construction, the project addressed the spire's longstanding structural issues, some of which had been exacerbated by ill-conceived 20th Century repairs. A unique aspect of the church's oversight was its emphasis on engaging the community in the yearlong project. Highlights included "Steeple Day," to which all town residents received written invitation to witness removal of the tower's belfry and 1817 Paul Revere bell, and the onsite tented workshop that welcomed the passing public's observation of skilled craftsmen rebuilding the church's spire and belfry. In addition, the project was extensively documented in writing, photography and video.                         

ENHA Guides
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ENHC is pleased to share two new Guides of Essex County, the "Guide to Farms & Agriculture" and the "Guide to First Period Architecture." These guides would not have been possible without the contributions of many regional partners and have become a wonderful and popular resource for visitors and residents discovering Essex County.Visit to download your guides and start exploring Essex County today!
Heritage Area Highlight: Rivers of Steel NHA
Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area LogoFrom 1875 to 1980, southwestern Pennsylvania was the Steel Making Capital of the World, producing the steel for some of America's greatest icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. During World War I and 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, and it has been decades since the mills belched fire and smoke over Pittsburgh's skyline, the enormity of the region's steel-making contributions and its historical significance to the nation demand its story be told and its sites be preserved. Visit Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
2007 New England Museum Association Conference
The 2007 New England Museum Association (NEMA) Annual Conference will be taking place in Portland, Maine-a city with fabulous museums, many within walking distance of the conference hotel, located in the heart of downtown.

Keynote Speakers: Harold and Susan Skramstad, co-authors of A Handbook for Museum Trustees. Dr. Harold Skramstad is former President of the Henry Ford Museum
and Greenfield Village. For more information click here.
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September 28-30
Trails & Sails 2007

Explorers, this is the weekend for you!
Explore the Essex National Heritage Area as 90 sites, organizations and communities offer more than 150 unique and special programs free of charge! There will be lots of new events and some popular favorites returning. Go to for your schedule of events or call us at 978-740-0444.

Sunday, October 14, 2007
Unearthing the
Human Story

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead
149 Pine Street
Danvers, MA

Discover the stories of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. Malinda Blustain, Director of the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology in Andover, with Glenn Mairo of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and the Massachusetts Archaeology Society, give Explorers a tour and behind-the-scenes look at the exciting archaeological excavations taking place at this unique historic site.  Glenn will even give us an atlatl throwing demonstration!
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