Collage of images from the Essex National Heritage Area
In This Issue
Congressman Tierney helps kickoff Essex LINCs
Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Commissioner Corner: Greg Pronevitz
East Coast Greenway in Salem
Partnership Grant Spotlight: Salem Seniors Publish New Book
ENHA Annual Appeal
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
National Heritage Area Highlight: Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Congressman Tierney helps kickoff Essex LINCs
On November 19th Congressman John Tierney joined with ENHC, Beverly Public Schools,ENHA Logo Salem State College and the National Archives and Records Administration [in Waltham] to announce a new federally-funded grant!  Connecting Essex LINCs (Local History In a National Context) is designed to provide Essex County elementary teachers with access to local primary source material to enhance their social studies lessons. This program provides tailor-made lessons designed by a museum educator, as well as an opportunity to visit nearby historic sites. Participating educators will produce own activities to best meet the needs of their students. We are excited about promoting enthusiasm for history here in Essex County!
Learn more about Essex LINCs & Using ESSEX History...
Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Link to Hunt's Photo and VideoFrom twinkling lights along the Lawrence Canal to a lone
snowy egret in an Ipswich marsh, the award-winning entries of this year's ENHC Photo Contest captured the true essence of Essex Heritage. Sponsored by Hunt's Photo & Video, and coordinated in conjunction with the Essex Heritage Photo Safari Program, this annual contest announced its winners this week. Qualifying photographs were required to represent one of two categories: Architectural Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area, celebrating both the authentic New England buildings and landscape that makes our area unique. Special thanks to Hunt's Photo & Video, Olympus, Nikon, and the National Park Service for donating contest prizes.
View the contest winning photographs here...
Commissioner Corner: Greg Pronevitz
The ENHC is proud to recognize Greg Pronevitz, whoGreg Pronevitz became an ENHC Commissioner in 2000, chaired the Historical Records Council (HRC) and has been an ENHC Trustee since 2006. Under Greg's leadership, the HRC expanded its program offerings and its reach to audiences within Essex County and beyond. With the support of organizations such as Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS), the Northeast Document Conservation Center, and the MA Board of Library Commissioners HRC accrued seven years of record achievement with: 21 archive/preservation surveys, 4 conferences, 13 workshops...
Read more about Greg Pronevitz here (pdf)...
East Coast Greenway in Salem
Salem Bike Path DedicationAt a trailside ceremony in October the Salem Bike Path was formally designated as a section of the East Coast Greenway - a 3,000 mile urban trail system stretching from the Canadian border to Key West, Florida. Joining Salem mayor Kim Driscoll were representatives of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Salem Bike Path Committee, Salem State College (SSC) and the ENHC. The paved pathway passes east through the SSC campus and connects with the Marblehead Rail Trail to form a seven mile continuous route. Future plans call for the path to extend into downtown Salem and eventually link with regional trails like the Northern Strand (Malden to Revere) and the Border to Boston Trail  (Salisbury to Danvers), also a designated portion of the East Coast Greenway.
Partnership Grant Spotlight:
Salem Seniors Publish New Book

Personal Perscetives of a Changing SalemDrawing upon a lifetime of first-hand accounts, The Writer's Group of the Salem Council on Aging recently published "Personal Perspectives of a Changing Salem." Part community memoir, part living history, the 110-page book features 75 short stories remembered, researched and written by the Salem seniors, many of whom are life-long residents of the city. Funded in part with a ENHC Partnership Grant and representing the work of over a dozen contributors, the book offers unique insights into the city and region's recent past through personal accounts of its people, places and events. "Personal Perspectives of a Changing Salem" is available for purchase ($12 plus $2 postage and handling) by contacting COA program manager Lynne Barrett at the Salem Council on Aging at 978-744-0924.

ENHC's Annual Appeal
The ENHC launched its annual appeal with this Commitment Campaign at the October semi-annual meeting. Since that time, requests for support have been sent to ENHC volunteers, partners, and friends. Thank you for your kind response. Together, we are making progress! If you have yet to support the ENHC's mission work with a donation, we'll make it easy for you! Click here to demonstrate your financial commitment to the tradition of regional leadership and program excellence that is the hallmark of the Essex National Heritage Commission. Thank you for your commitment.
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
All of us at Essex Heritage hope that your Thanksgiving Holiday was pleasant, and that you enjoyed time with family and friends. The year-end holiday period is "roaring up" on us, and we wish you all the best as you celebrate in the weeks ahead. If you will allow me a brief personal note, my wife and I along with a wonderful group from the Danvers Senior Center, enjoyed a trip to Italy late in the month of October. For someone who has spent the last decade focusing on the preservation of the two to three century old buildings in this region, it was quite an experience to view sites in Italy that in some cases went back thousands of years...
Read all of Tom's Column...
National Heritage Area Highlight:
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Gullah-Geechee CommissionersOn October 29, 2007, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor took a giant step forward in its effort to preserve the rich Sea Island culture and history.  The National Park Service officially announced the 15-member Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission in Charleston, South Carolina and charged them with overseeing the implementation of this federally-designated corridor that stretches from Jacksonville, Florida to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Read more here...

Friday, January 18

A McIntire Experience, one event in two special locations...

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Peirce-Nichols House
80 Federal Street
Salem, MA

Join us for an exceptional behind-the-scenes Explorers event at the Peirce-Nichols House in Salem. Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem will present the work of Samuel McIntire at the Peirce-Nichols house in Salem. Explorers will enjoy an exclusive tour of the recently restored parlor of this unique home. The Peirce-Nichols House is an early Federal style building designed by Samuel McIntire. Discover the mark this great American architect had on City of Salem and why his influence is significant American architectural style.

7:00 - 8:00 PM
The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts
116 Water Street
Beverly, MA
The evening continues with a special invitation to visit the workshop of Philip Lowe, master furniture maker, whose pieces are featured in the Peirce-Nichols house in Salem.
Director of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, Phil will demonstrate and explore the methods and tools employed by McIntire and his contemporaries.

This event is limited to 25 participants.Explorers enjoy the event free, non-members $15.
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