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In This Issue
May 16, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Re-Opens!
April 12, The Great Marsh Symposium
Commissioner Corner: Kevin Tierney
The Latest on Trails & Sails 2008
Save the Date: May 28
Celebrating Jim McAllister's 25th Anniversary!
Plan are Underway: Photo Safaris 2008
Leather Museum Groundbreaking in Peabody!
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
Art & Community Landscapes, An NPS Report
Essex Heritage Is On The Move!
Saugus Iron Works National
Historic Site Re-Opens May 16th
On May 16 & 17, 2008 Saugus Iron Works will celebrate itsENHA Logo Grand Re-opening and completion of several major construction projects, including an Accessibility Project, Turning Basin Project, Blast Furnace Rehabilitation and Iron Works House Chimney Repair. Several key dignitaries will be on hand to help with the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Look for a future announcement of all the special events scheduled to tell this important Essex Heritage story.
Join the Great Marsh Symposium

On April 12, 2008 an outstanding roster of experts will giveENHA Logo short presentations on Great Marsh topics at the Great Marsh Symposium: Discover a coastal treasure in our backyard. This is an opportunity for all who love the Great Marsh to jump-start their own fair weather explorations of the area. Hosted by the Great Marsh Coalition with support from EBSCO, the Symposium will be held at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Newburyport, 8:30AM-2:30PM. Three optional field trips are offered from 3-4PM. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Download a registration form or click here for more detailed information.
Photo credit:Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Ecophotography

Commissioner Corner: Kevin Tierney

Meet Essex Heritage Vice President Kevin M. Tierney, Sr. AsPresident and CEO of Saugusbank, Kevin Tierney President and CEO of Saugusbank, Kevin Tierney is committed to the needs of the Bank's customers and the communities it serves. "An exciting part of my involvement in the community is my participation as a Trustee of the Essex National Heritage Commission.  This very effective organization assists in the promotion and preservation of a wonderful area of our state which is rich in history and natural beauty.   Being a resident of Essex County my entire life, I have a deep appreciation for the work and collaborative spirit of the ENHC. Read the complete article on Kevin Tierney here (pdf)...

The Latest on Trails & Sails 2008

Our January 9th planning meeting for Trails and Sails 2008: A Weekend of Walks and Water was very successful. From those who came, we heard a strong commitment to participate this year and enthusiasm for the enhancements we willTrails & Sails logo make to the program. The meeting helped galvanize plans to organize events by geographical clusters, engaging regional partners to expand the momentum of Trails & Sails into host communities, driving additional attendees to regional inns, shops and restaurants. The action item we all took away was to explore the possibilities of networking within our communities and creating itineraries that will enable Trails & Sails attendees to spend more time in specific local areas. We invite all potential event hosts to our next planning meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 9:00-10:30AM,  at the North Shore Community College in Danvers. Please RSVP to Emily Antone if you plan on attending.

Save these Dates:
Celebrating Jim McAllister's 25th Anniversary!

For the past 25 years Jim McAllister of Derby Square Tours has made local history "come alive" through his tours, lectures, courses, writings and photographs.

Jim McAllisterThis spring, Essex Heritage is proud to honor Jim, and help him in his efforts to repay the public that has supported him for the past quarter of a century, by sponsoring a series of events that will highlight his entertaining reflections on the region's history and culture while raising funds for the ENHC Partnership Grant Program.

The series will culminate on May 28 when Essex Heritage and the National Park Service present Jim with the inaugural Essex Heritage Hero Award, kicking off a new tradition of honoring individuals whose professional or volunteer work exemplifies the mission work of ENHC.
Please join us for the following events:
April 3, 11 am at Hamilton Hall, Salem "Local Color:  Four Centuries of North Shore Lore" lecture by Jim McAllister
April 25, 7:30 pm at the Rockport Art Association "Cape Ann's Artistic Melting Pot" lecture by Jim McAllister
May 28, 6:00 pm Hawthorne Hotel Salem
Essex Heritage Hero Award

Photo Safaris 2008
Essex Heritage is working with Hunt's Photo & Video on plans for 2008 Photo Safaris!  This summer, you will oncePhoto Safari at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center again have an opportunity to test the latest in digital photography and optical equipment from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Tamron, on backdrops featuring some of the Heritage Area's best natural, cultural and historical landscapes.  Photo Safari events will include demonstrations and tips from professional photographers and camera manufacturers.  2008 safari dates and locations will be available at
Leather Museum Groundbreaking in Peabody!
January 24th saw much cause for celebration in Peabody as shovels hit the dirt for the Leatherworks Museum groundbreaking! TheGround breaking at the Leather Museum in Peabody, MA 3,200-square-foot building will resemble a barn that once stood on the site, next to the birthplace of George Peabody, and behind the George Peabody House & Museum on Washington St. "This will be an important cultural facility representing Peabody's rich history as the leather capital of the world," said Mayor Michael Bonfanti. The project received complete funding from the Community Preservation Committee and City Council last winter, with an appropriation from Community Preservation Act (CPA) money.
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
As we ended 2007 and began the New Year, the staff aENHA Logot Essex Heritage embarked on a program designed to help all of us develop a healthier lifestyle, and as a group.  We all agreed that working collectively is a wonderful goal.  In the many Essex Heritage regional initiatives we manage, we advocate that so much more can be accomplished working together, rather than working as individuals. 
Read all of Tom's Column...
Art & Community Landscapes, An NPS Report
The National Park Service recently released "Art & Community Landscapes," a report on a series of public art projects that engageNational Park Service report on art & community, pdf document communities and national park visitors, addressing personal relationships to the environment. The majority of the projects were supported by a multi-year partnership between the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance. "What really unifies these 18 remarkable projects - 12 in communities and 6 in units of the National Park Service - is the desire for a deeper engagement with the environment," said Charles Tracy, National Park Service lead for "Art & Community Landscapes." To see the final report click here...
Heritage Area Highlight:
Crossroads of the American Revolution
The American Revolution swept across the Hudson River and up The Palisades to Fort Lee,ENHA Logo NJ, on November 20, 1776. New Jersey was the scene of countless skirmishes and some of the toughest battles in the conflict.  Few Americans are aware that Washington and his troops criss-crossed the state several times in the duration of the American Revolution.
In 2005, former Governor Richard J. Codey designated New
Jersey as the "Crossroads of the American Revolution," encompassing 213 cities and towns and all or parts of 14 counties, helping to preserve the many intact historic landscapes and sites. This designation enables residents and visitors to appreciate the significant role New Jersey played in the founding of our nation. Learn more here...

"News from the Essex National Heritage Area" is a monthly electronic newsletter for members, non members and site partners of Essex Heritage. Our mission is to raise the visibility of the Essex National Heritage Area and all its historical, cultural and natural resources, and promote our ongoing activities. Articles that are 250 words or less and fit the editorial scope of our newsletter may be submitted to the Essex Heritage eNews Editorial Committee for publication. We reserve the right to select an article or portion of an article whose content is found appropriate and edit it for publication.

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

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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Is On The Move!

Essex Heritage has always taken great strides toward building a stronger community through our outdoor programs, but this year our focus is internal. Essex Heritage has adopted "Healthy Living" as one of our themes this year, and our staff is taking steps (literally!) toward better health and well-being.  With individually issued pedometers to help achieve personal and team- motivated goals, Essex Heritage has already walked 2,640,700 steps collectively, that's more than 1,000 miles!  Stepping up as we step out, Essex Heritage will be participating in the North Shore Medical Center Cancer walk in June 2008, and aspires to continue throughout the year. With the upcoming "Great Outdoors" guide and Trails & Sails program books in hand, we will be out in force promoting our new "Go Hike! Experience Essex Heritage" campaign. Stay tuned for where our steps will take us!

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Essex LINCs (Local History in a National Context) is pleased to announce that our first cohort has been chosen and our first workshop is set to take place this week at the National Archives in Waltham. Twenty-five teachers from across Essex County will meet to learn about national historic trends by examining primary source material from nearby locales. This workshop will allow teachers to closely examine facsimile National Archives' documents from the 18th and 19th centuries for use in their classrooms. Teachers will take part in discussions with Salem State College Faculty, and tour the NARA facilities. A classroom ready lesson will be given to teachers, from which they can produce their own materials. The next workshop will take place at the Beverly Historical Society in early March. For more information, check out our website at

Northeast Document Conservation Center Workshops

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is pleased to present its spring 2008 series of 5 one-day preservation workshops:
Basic Paper Repair:
Tuesday, March 4
Basic Book Repair:
Wednesday, March 5
Developing and Managing Digital Projects:
Thursday, March 6
Disaster Planning with dPlan Lite™:
Tuesday, March 11
Moving Image Preservation:
Wednesday, March 12

For more info, please visit the NEDCC website...

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