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In This Issue
2008 Partnership Grant Applications Available
Mark Your Calendars for Trails & Sails 2008!
Commissioner Corner: David Hildt
Border to Boston Trail Reaches Milestone
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
National Heritage Area Highlight: Illinois & Michigan National Heritage Corridor
Essex Heritage 2008 Photo Contest!
2008 Partnership Grant Applications Available
The Essex National Heritage Commission is accepting applications for its 2008 Partnership Grant Program.  For over 10 years, this grant program has provided match funding to projects that encourage greater understanding, interpretation or enhancement of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area.  Open to Essex County non-profit organizations, cities and towns and government agencies, grant awards will range from $1,000 - $7,500 per project.  This year Essex Heritage Partnership Grants will be awarded in four categories:Thomas M. Leonard Educational Grants, Heritage Interpretation and Programming, Heritage Preservation and Resource Stewardship, and Archives and Historical Records.
Learn more about the Partnership Grant program...
Mark Your Calendars for Trails & Sails 2008

Essex Heritage is scheduling its seventh annual Trails & Sails: A Weekend of Walks and Water forTrails & Sails logo September 26 - 28, 2008.  Designed to highlight the diversity of historic, cultural, and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area, this weekend includes more than 150 FREE events at sites throughout Essex County.  Last year, the weekend kicked off on a Friday evening with sunset walks, architectural tours, poetry readings and bird watching events, and continued right through to Sunday. Many of this year's events will be focused on one of three themes: "Family Fitness;" "The Great Outdoors;" or "Get Going Green!"

Trails & Sails online event descriptions and locations will be available at this spring. Printed brochures will follow. For more information, visit, or call 978-740-0444.

Commissioner Corner: David Hildt
ENHA LogoChairing the 2008 ENHC Partnership Grant Program Committee is David T. Hildt, an Essex Heritage Trustee and Commissioner since 2005. Hildt brings extensive executive-level management skill and leadership to further enhance the credentials of the grant program's blue-ribbon selection panel. He currently serves as executive director of Adelante Inc., an academic enrichment and scholarship program for youth in Lawrence, and has been an active proponent of smart growth and sustainable economic development while serving two terms as Mayor of Amesbury, MA (2001-2006). Read more about David Hildt...
B2B Notebook:
Border to Boston Trail Reaches Milestone
Throughout 2007 the ad hoc Border to Boston Trail coalition worked closely with the MassachusettsENHA Logo Highway Department to develop a plan for expending federal funds secured by Congressman John Tierney for the proposed 28-mile multiuse pathway. The coalition's efforts were rewarded in September when MassHighway approved the project's initial phase consisting of a 25% preliminary design and required environmental documentation. Through these activities, project planners will determine the exact alignment of the trail, develop conceptual designs for the trail's bridges and culverts, and identify potential environmental impacts within the trail corridor.

Formed in 2006 with assistance from the National Park Service, the Border to Boston Trail coalition is a working partnership of Essex Heritage, the communities of Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Georgetown, Boxford, Topsfield, Wenham, and Danvers, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Look to Essex Heritage eNews as we track this important project with future updates. Visit the B2B website...   
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
ENHA LogoAs we move into 2008, all of us connected with the Essex National Heritage Commission want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.  We certainly hope that the recent holiday season was a pleasant one, and that this special time of the year, spent with friends and family was restful and rewarding.
Essex Heritage Supports New Regional VocationalTechnical High School

The Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC) have been following with great interest the current plan to merge North Shore Regional Vocational Technical School in Middleton, Essex Agricultural and Technical School in Danvers and the Peabody Vocational School into a new facility located on 166 acres adjacent to the Essex Agricultural School and the North Shore Community College campus in Danvers.

Read all of Tom's Column...
National Heritage Area Highlight:
Illinois & Michigan National Heritage Corridor
The I&M Canal changed the nation in 1848 when it opened the first shipping route between New York and New Orleans, making Chicago the nation's greatest inland port. In 1982, business and industry leaders founded the Canal Corridor Association to revitalize the I&M Canal region, creating a national model for regional partnership, conservation, and renewal. Economic vitality is enhanced by raising awareness of and expanding the parks, trails, landscapes, and historic sites that make the I&M Canal region a special place. The newly revitalized Canal Corridor is becoming a splendid living history museum and a terrific visitor destination for recreation and heritage tourism. The Canal Corridor Association aims to help Illinoisans and their guests understand that they too are parts of an exciting historical tradition.  Visit the Illinois & Michigan National Heritage Corridor website...

"News from the Essex National Heritage Area" is an electronic newsletter for members, non members and constituents, published monthly. Our primary goal is to raise the visibility of our Heritage Area and all its attributes, as well as to meet the informational needs of our members and nonmembers alike.

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Explorers, get ready for the Spring 2008 theme, Photography!

Sorry, the Friday, January 18 Explorers event is full, but be sure to join us in February...

Saturday, February 9, 2008,
10 AM - 12 PM
The Wooden World Around us
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

From furniture to fence posts, clamming skiffs to hammer handles, wood still plays a major role in what we make and how we make it. On the premise that what is critical knowledge for the shipbuilder or wheelwright can be more than useful for the homeowner or woodworking enthusiast, David Brown, builder and educator, will lead us through a series of demonstrations an experiments. We'll mill a log, face a plank, bend a hoop and knock together some sort of very useful something. All with the intention of bringing participants of all backgrounds a step or two closer to understanding the versatility and value of the renewable resource quietly standing in our backyards and neighborhood woodlots. Please arrive dressed for the weather and laden with query! Explorers & Essex Shipbuilding Museum Members Free;
Non-members $15

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Photographers, get snapping! We are pleased to announce our 2008 Essex Heritage Photography Contest. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2008, and all photos must have been captured between November 10, 2007 and October 1, 2008 to be eligible. Amateur photographers are invited to submit images taken in the Essex National Heritage Area, assigning them to one of three categories: "A Winter Wonderland," "On the Trail" or "A Trails & Sails Experience." Photographers are encouraged to capture the essence of an Essex Heritage experience and/or speak to Essex Heritage's role in preserving and promoting the rocky coasts and harbors, farms and forests, historic districts, rivers and marshes of Essex County. More details will follow in the February eNews, and be posted on the website at that time. Meanwhile, enjoy the beautiful images captured by this year's winners by clicking here...

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