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In This Issue
Commissioner Corner: Welcome New Commissioners!
ENHC Announces Award Recipients
Border to Boston Trail Relay
Congressman Tierney Champions ENHA
Congratulations Annie! North of Boston Businesswoman of the Year
Massachusetts Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee passes bill for ENHC
Partnership Grant Spotlight: Wenham Museum
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:
  • David Hall, Hall and Moskow Development
  • Kevin J. Harrington, Former President of the MA Senate
  • Kim Meader, Executive Vice President of Salem Five Bank
  • Brona Simon, Executive Director of MA Historical Commission
  • Dave Read, Director of Ophthalmology, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary
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:
  • 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.
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:
  • 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
Border 2 Boston trail walkOn a 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 inaugural trek.

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

Congressman 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 24.

"I 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!
Annie C. Harris, North of Boston Businesswoman of the yearENHC 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
Massachusetts 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

Wenham Museum quilt exhibitEmbodying 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 heritage.    

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 County, Oil Creek Township 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.
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Explorers, there is still time to join us for the next event rescheduled from Nov. 3:

Saturday, December 1

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 & Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Members: FREE

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Kayakers Guide to The Great Marsh

Native American Deeds

Guide to Farms & Agriculture

Guide to First Period Architecture

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Heritage Gift Guide

Salisbury Trails

Border to Boston Trail

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