|Saugus Iron Works National
Re-Opens May 16th
May 16 & 17, 2008 Saugus Iron Works will celebrate its 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
give 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
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. As 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 will 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!
past 25 years Jim McAllister of Derby
Square Tours has
made local history "come alive" through his tours, lectures, courses, writings
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.
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.
join us for the following events:
11 am at Hamilton Hall, Salem
Color: Four Centuries of North Shore
Lore" lecture by Jim McAllister
7:30 pm at the Rockport Art Association "Cape Ann's Artistic Melting Pot" lecture by Jim
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 once
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 EssexHeritage.org.
|Leather Museum Groundbreaking in Peabody!
January 24th saw much cause for celebration in Peabody
as shovels hit the dirt for the Leatherworks
Museum groundbreaking! The
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
we ended 2007 and began the New Year, the staff at 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 engage
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,
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;
|Support the mission |
of the ENHC
Become an Explorer!
Is On The Move!
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!
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 EssexLINCs.org.
Northeast Document Conservation Center Workshops
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...
|Support Essex County Greenbelt Association
Heritage is pleased to feature these products whose sales directly support the
efforts of Essex County Greenbelt Association. Visit the Essex County Greenbelt
online store for purchases and product information.
Give the Gift of Discovery...
An Explorers membership!
The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 37 heritage areas affiliated with the
National Park Service