|Thank you for your support of Essex Heritage!
November, Essex Heritage launched its first campaign for annual support. We are very
grateful for the commitment of support we've received from Essex Heritage commissioners,
partner organizations, the business community and many friends. To date, we've
raised $19,000 to sustain Essex Heritage operations and special programs. It's not too
late give. Click on the image to the right to make your contribution...
|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
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
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 for 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 www.trailsandsails.org this spring.
Printed brochures will follow. For more
information, visit EssexHeritage.org, or call 978-740-0444.
|Commissioner Corner: David Hildt
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...
Border to Boston Trail Reaches Milestone
|Throughout 2007 the ad hoc Border to Boston Trail coalition worked closely with the Massachusetts 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
|As 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
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
founded the Canal Corridor Association to revitalize the I&M
region, creating a national model for regional partnership,
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...
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.
Essex Heritage eNews Editorial Committee
reserves the right to select articles and portions of articles whose content is
found appropriate, fits the editorial scope of our newsletter and is 250 words or less.
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;
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Essex Heritage 2008 Photo Contest!
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."
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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