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ENHC's semi-annual meeting is next week...
Please join us, Wednesday, October 17

8:00AM - 8:30AM, Continental Breakfast Reception
8:30AM - 10:00AM, Business Meeting

Conference Center at Endicott College
295 Hale Street, Beverly, Mass.
For more information and to RSVP click here.
In This Issue
The 6th Annual Trails & Sails - A Heritage Success
2007 ENHA Photo Contest
Commissioner Corner: William H. Clark, Clark Farm
Partnership Grant Spotlight On: The Food Project
A Fond Farewell to Kate Fox
Heritage Area Highlight: Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
The 6th Annual Trails & Sails - A Heritage Success!
ENHA LogoThousands of people took to the highways, byways, and waterways of the Essex National Heritage Area last weekend to participate in the sixth weekend of Trails & Sails. The schedule was exhilarating, extending from quarries in Rockport to trails in North Andover, the canal in Lawrence to archaeological digs in Danvers and Saugus. We thank and congratulate event leaders and organizers throughout the Essex National Heritage Area who hosted events. Without their work, volunteerism, and passion for the region's heritage, Trails & Sails and the Essex National Heritage Area would be lacking. Congratulations on a fantastic weekend of discovery in the Essex National Heritage Area.

As part of Trails & Sails, ENHC offered an incentive program to people who became a member of some of the sites that participated in Trails & Sails. People who became a member of a Trails & Sails non-profit before October 5th received an ENHC mug featuring the original artwork of Ipswich artist Julia Purinton. As a result of this program, 11 people joined the membership of the Beauport-Sleeper McCann House in Gloucester. Other sites counted new memberships as well, we are looking forward to hearing the results.

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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,

Commissioner Corner: William H. Clark, Clark Farm
Bill Clark, ENHC Commissioner sinceClark Farm sign, Danvers, MA 2001, shares his love of agriculture and its importance to our region's history and future with tremendous enthusiasm. His Clark Farm, one of three Essex County family farms still actively worked since the 1640's, is rich in agricultural significance. The farm, farm stand and his active participation in the Marblehead Farmer's Market and the Topsfield Fair keep him grounded in his agricultural roots. His first term as Danvers' "green candidate" selectman, fulfills his passion to balance town development with the needs for open space preservation and the creation of recreational trails that connect residents with their natural surroundings. Bill's goal is to "preserve the anachronistic pockets of what Danvers used to be" - safeguarding the 1 miles of remaining open space in this 13 square mile community.

You can support local agriculture and experience the diverse seasonality of produce from local farms, at Clark Farm, 163 Hobart Street, Danvers or at your local farmers market. For more information on Clark Farm, or the ENHC Guide to Farms and Agriculture.

Partnership Grant Spotlight on: The Food Project
the Food ProjectThanks in part to funding provided by the Thomas M. Partnership Grant, this summer over 30 young people from across the North Shore worked together each day on the farms of The Food Project-North Shore - located in Beverly and Lynn.  For many of these teenagers, this summer experience was their first paid job.  The work was challenging and meaningful.  Together, the youth harvested 15,000 pounds of more than 30 varieties of crops; they cared for the land; and they learned about the science of organic and sustainable agricultural practices.  The food grown by these North Shore teens provided more than 45,000 meals to North Shore residents through four food pantries and five farmers' markets in Beverly, Lynn, Gloucester, and Marblehead.  For more information about The Food Project, check out their website.
A Fond Farewell and Best Wishes to Kate Fox
ENHA LogoPlease join us in expressing a fond farewell to Kate Fox, ENHC's Co-Director of Heritage Development, who, over the past five years has managed Heritage Tourism and Development initiatives such as the Heritage Bike Ride, Trails & Sails, Photo Safaris and components of the partnership Grant Program. We are grateful for her tremendous dedication to promoting Heritage Area resources and wish her continued success in all future endeavors.
Heritage Area Highlight: Blue Ridge NHA

The mission of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is to protect, preserve, interpret, and develop its unique natural, historical, and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations, and in so doing to stimulate economic opportunity in the region.

Out of these mountains grew a rich cultural heritage.  The birthplace of the Cherokee's advanced early civilization and home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who continue to preserve many facets of traditional Cherokee culture.  In the eighteenth century, the mountains received waves of European settlers; Scots-Irish, German, English, and French.  The isolation of mountain life helped the settlers nourish and preserve many traditions, especially music and handmade crafts.  The area has become the center of handmade art and craft in America, with a rich legacy of both traditional and contemporary craft schools and working craftspeople. A land of mountain wilderness, waterfalls, Cherokee tradition, string bands, and craft studios, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is truly a region with a "personality" like no other.

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Sunday, October 14
1 - 2:30PM
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!

Saturday, November 3
2 - 4 PM

A View into the Past: Historic Shipwrecks of the Stellwagan Bank Sanctuary
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA

Join maritime archaeologists for a tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's historic shipwrecks to uncover the mysteries and secrets hidden beneath the waves. The two hour event will include a showing of the 45-minute Science Channel's Viewers Choice Award documentary "The Wreck of the Portland," followed by a presentation on Sanctuary maritime heritage projects and a tour of the Sanctuary's exhibit in the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary sits astride the 400 year-old shipping lanes and fishing grounds of Massachusetts' historic ports. Over 100 vessels have been lost in the vicinity of Stellwagen and the Sanctuary has investigated over a dozen shipwrecks, including the steamship Portland, lost with all hands in 1898. Explorers: FREE; Non-Explorers: $7.00

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