|Commissioner Corner: Welcome New Commissioners!
On Wednesday, October 17th the ENHC held its semi-annual commission meeting at the Wylie Conference Center on the Endicott College campus in Beverly. ENHC is pleased to welcome the following new Commissioners who were officially introduced at the meeting:
Hall, Hall and Moskow Development
Harrington, Former President of the MA Senate
Kim Meader, Executive Vice President of Salem Five Bank
Simon, Executive Director of MA Historical Commission
Director of Ophthalmology, Mass Eye and
|ENHC Announces Award Recipients
|In addition to Commissioner elections, the ENHC semi-annual meeting featured award presentations. ENHC was pleased to recognize its long-serving Board of Trustees members with awards of Special Recognition:
ENHC was also pleased to present Pioneer in Partnership Awards to recognize individuals from across the county who build
partnerships that preserve and enhance the heritage of the region. These awards were presented to the following recipients:
- Robert G. Bradford, North Shore Chamber of Commerce
Malcolm F. MacLean III, MacLean Holloway Doherty Ardiff & Morse, P.C.
William J. Tinti, Tinti, Quinn, Grover & Frey P.C.
- John Goff, Salem Preservation, Inc.
Joseph Knapp, Georgetown Historical Commission
Hilda Ramirez, Live Lawrence Initiative
Michael Ristuccia, Andover contractor and preservationist
Bill Whiting, Topsfield Historical Society
|Border to Boston Trail Relay
recent glorious fall day, a group of over 40 trail advocates and community
leaders participated in a "reconnaissance relay" of the Border to Boston Trail.
Conceived as an opportunity to showcase the trail, its benefits, and its
challenges, participants either walked or biked up to one-half of the proposed
rail-trail's 28-mile length. Following the on-trail relay, participants and
others gathered near the trail's midpoint to celebrate completion of the
Organized by the ad hoc Border to Boston
Trail Coalition, with support from the National Park Service Rivers and Trails
Program and the Essex National Heritage Commission, the relay highlighted many
of the natural and historic assets in the eight communities situated along the
former railroad right-of-way: Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Georgetown,
Boxford, Topsfield, Wenham, and Danvers.
|Success! ENHC legislation passes US House
John Tierney succeeded in gaining passage of bipartisan legislation to continue
the federal government's commitment for ENHC. Co-sponsored by the
Congressman, H.R. 1483 passed the US House by a vote of 291 to 122 on October
am pleased that additional funds have been authorized to support the Area's
important preservation and education programs, which also spur tourism and help
strengthen the local economy. I will continue to work with Senators Kennedy and
Kerry to ensure that this bill is signed into law," said Tierney.
Heritage Areas must undergo a periodic
re-authorization process which enables them to continue to receive federal
funding. They are required to supplement
these funds through grants, private donations and fundraising activities. This bill needs to be passed in the Senate
before it becomes law. Read the House bill here...
|Congratulations Annie, North of Boston Businesswoman of the Year!
ENHC Executive Director, Annie C. Harris was
recognized at the 7th Annual North of Boston Businesswomen of the Year Awards
Breakfast on Thursday, November 8th at the North Shore
Community College, Lynn
Campus. After a keynote address by Dr. Patricia M. Meservy, newly installed
President of Salem State College, twenty six regional women business leaders
were recognized for their extraordinary contributions in the small business,
large business and civic/non-profit categories. The awards specifically
recognize those who distinguish themselves in areas of character, community
service, integrity and professional accomplishments. Ms. Harris received the
Lydia E. Pinkham Award as North Shore Businesswoman of the Year in the
civic/non-profit category. The ENHC congratulates all nominees for their
inspiring dedication to their communities.See more at http://www.womenbizawards.com.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee passes bill for ENHC
|MA Representatives Bob Fennell and John Keenan
along with 15 other Massachusetts legislators
from Essex County have sponsored a bill that
recognizes the work of ENHC. The bill
states that ENHC provides "essential services to the people, businesses,
organizations, andcommunities of the
Commonwealth and Essex
County through the
preservation, promotion, and interpretation of the unique historical, cultural,
and natural resources of the Area and its collaborative efforts to build
regional partnerships." It "is hereby
acknowledged to be an entity in the service of the public good."Under this
bill, ENHC will be eligible to receive funding from the Commonwealth
from time to time as the state legislators deem appropriate. The bill has been
reported out favorably by the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture.
|Partnership Grant Spotlight: Wenham Museum
Embodying the true spirit of the ENHC
Partnership Grant Program, the Wenham Museum recently hosted an invitational quilt weekend
to showcase the textile collections of ten Essex County historical societies: Andover, Beverly, Boxford,
Cape Ann, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lynn,
Marblehead, North Andover,
and Wenham. Over 300 exhibit attendees, including quilt collectors, quilt
makers, and members of the visiting American Quilt Study Group, were enthralled
by more than 70 quilts spanning three centuries of American quiltmaking. In
addition to quilts, quilted textiles (petticoats, pockets, and bonnets),
quilting tools and equipment helped to tell the story of the region's quilt
Conceived as an opportunity to present
the rarely displayed quilts to a broader audience, the ENHC grant-funded
project engendered a level of collaboration that could well lead to more
regionally themed exhibits and projects.
|National Heritage Area Highlight: Oil Region NHA
|The Oil Region National Heritage Area
tells the stories of Colonel Edwin Drake's drilling of the world's first
successful commercial oil well in 1859 and the legacy of the petroleum
industry, which even now continues to shape daily life, industry, economy,
society, and politics. The Oil Region, comprised of Venango
in eastern Crawford
County, and the City of
Titusville, Pennsylvania, includes oil artifacts, scenic Victorian valley and
riverbed communities, plateau developments, farmlands and woodlands, and
industrial landscapes. Visitors enjoy heritage attractions, warm
hospitality, and four seasons of outdoor recreation in "the valley that changed
the world." Visit th Oil Region National Heritage Area's website here.
|2 - 4 PM
Explorers, there is still time to join us for the next event rescheduled from Nov. 3:
Saturday, December 1
A View into the Past: Historic Shipwrecks of the Stellwagan Bank Sanctuary
23 Harbor Loop
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 & Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Members: FREE
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|Join Congressman Tierney
Monday, November 19
9-10:30 AM at the
as he helps kick-off Essex LINCs, a Teaching American History Grant program connecting Essex County elementary teachers, sources, and scholarship to explore Local history In a National Context.
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