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In This Issue
A Visit from NPS Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach
Explorers, Experience Essex Heritage this Spring...
Commissioner Corner: Lori Foley
The Latest on Trails & Sails 2008
Have You Purchased Your Jim McAllister Lecture Ticket?
LINCs Workshops Underway!
Using Essex History, Summer Institute!
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
A Visit from NPS Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach
On February 27, Essex Heritage was pleased to welcome Dennis Reidenbach, the new NE Regional Director of the National Park Service for a tour of the Essex National Heritage Area and series of meetings. On hand to greet Mr. Reidenbach were Annie Harris, Essex Heritage Executive Pictured: NPS employee Shelly Lewis, Supt. Patty Trap, NE Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach, NPS Operations Manager Colleen BruceDirector (not pictured); Patty Trap, Supt. of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works NHS; as well as key Board and staff members, municipal leaders, and partners representing several Heritage Area initiatives.
In addition to reviewing progress on the Border to Boston Trail and Coastal Trails Coalition, Mr. Reidenbach was updated on work by Essex Heritage grant recipients and members of the regional "Buy Local" and historical records initiatives. He visited the Salem Maritime National Historic site where he was introduced to community and business leaders at a reception given in his honor, as well as the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site which is preparing for its grand reopening. This visit was a validation of the strong working partnership between Essex Heritage and the National Park Service and the critical heritage preservation projects undertaken by this collaboration.
Explorers, Experience Essex Heritage this Spring...
Explorers logo and linkGrab your cameras and join us as we explore "Photography in the Essex Heritage Area" this spring.  Essex Heritage Explorers will investigate the captured image and its significant impact on our lives, our history and the way we perceive the world. From Lynn Woods to Newbury, and from large format to digital, come discover Essex Heritage through the eye of a camera lens! Visit
Commissioner Corner: Lori Foley

Essex Heritage Trustee Lori Foley has a genuine enthusiasm for educating the public about preserving bound books and historic documents. As Director of Field Service of the highly regarded Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Lori provides professional services that help institutions and individuals preserve paper-based artifacts. Lori's efforts further NEDCC's mission to improve the conservation efforts of libraries, archives, historical organizations, museums and other repositories. Her work also supports institutions without in-house conservation facilities or those that seek specialized expertise, and provides leadership in the preservation and conservation fields.

Lori joined Essex Heritage as a Commissioner in 2004, and became a Trustee in 2005. As Chair of the Historical Records Council, she worked to promote it as a model for an emerging statewide support organization, of which Essex Heritage is now a member. Lori's work promoting archival education continues with NEDCC's sold-out spring series of one-day preservation workshops scheduled for later this month. Visit NEDCC...

The Latest on Trails & Sails 2008

Trails & Sails logoOn Tuesday, February 26, 2008 our second planning meeting for Trails and Sails 2008: A Weekend of Walks and Water was held. Our plan to organize events this year by geographical clusters, asking event hosts and regional businesses to collaborate on developing one-day itineraries of events and bring more attendees to their communities are beginning to gel. Better coordinated events driving more attendees to regional inns, shops, and restaurants is the goal. Stay tuned as our "cluster leaders" are named and local follow-up planning meetings are scheduled. Please contact Barbara if you are thinking of planning an event.

Jim McAllister Heritage Hero Dinner 
On Washington Square, atop a massive boulder, stands a bronze statue of a man clothed in what is obviously 17th century garb. Just over his left shoulder is the gothic, multi-turreted Salem Witch Museum. For obvious reasons many visitors assume the sculpted figure is a witch. One prestigious national magazine even called it a "determined sorceress." Who is this man?

If you didn't know the statue is Roger Conant who brought the first settlers to "Naumkeake" in 1626, you should definitely join us for the Jim McAllister Heritage Hero dinner. Click here
for information about our "25 Years, 25 Stories" celebration.
LINCs Workshops Underway!
LINCs workshop in session at NARA in WalthamUsing Essex LINCs has launched their seminar series for 25 Essex County elementary teachers with 2 successful workshops! Teachers met at National Archives in Waltham on February 6th to discuss "Local History in a National Context."  Additional sites and topics include: Beverly Historical Society (Governing), Lawrence Heritage Center (Working) and Andover Historical Society (Populating). Visit
Using Essex History, Summer Institute!
This summer, Using ESSEX History will partner with participating Essex County middle and high school teachers to explore "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times."  During Using ESSEX History logo and linkour Summer Institute (July 14th-18th), teachers will learn how to weave the past experiences of everyday Americans into discussions of the most pivotal moments in American history.  Coordinating daily trips to local historic sites with a wealth of primary sources, this institute will employ the most current scholarship and renowned historians to discuss topics such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, westward migration, and the Civil Rights Movement. Visit
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
Tom Leonard, President Emeritus, Essex National Heritage CommissionMarch can be a long and tedious month. Winter ends the third week of the month, but cold, raw and windy weather often lingers into April. The fact that this month is long can also be positive. For the Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC) having 31 days and almost five weeks to plan for the rest of the year is really helpful. Several planning sessions have been held to develop strategies for programs for the rest of the year. As weather improves, and we spring into summer, the products of these planning efforts will blossom. More...

"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.

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Thursday, April 3, 11 AM

Jim McAllister Lecture Series: "Local Color: Four Centuries of
North Shore Lore"

(Bouillon served 10:15 - 11AM)

Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut St. Salem, MA.
Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at Hamilton Hall.
Thursday, April 10, 4-6 PM
Preservation 301:
An Introduction to the
National Register of
Historic Places Program  
Topsfield Town Library

Sponsored by Essex Heritage,
presented by Preservation
Massachusetts and, in collaboration with the Mass. Historical Commission. A free workshop on the National Register of Historic Places program, recognizing the significance of historic sites to local, state, and national history.
For more information
and to register, click here.
Saturday, April 12 & 26
"Save Your Collection, Share Your Story, Sustain Your Mission: A Primer for Small Museums and Historical Societies."
The New England Museum Association (NEMA), in partnership with the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, offers this two-part program on organizational basics. For more information, download this pdf document or contact NEMA at 781-641-0013. Register early! Deadline is March 21.

Saturday, April 12
8:30 AM-2:30 PM

The Great Marsh Symposium: Coastal Treasure in Our Backyard
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
6 Plum Island Turnpike Newburyport
, MA
An outstanding roster of experts will give short presentations on a wide variety of Great Marsh topics. Three optional field trips will be offered. Registration is $12, pre-registration is required. For more information click here.

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Thursday, April 17,
7-9 PM
"A Visual Journey
in the Great Marsh"

Veasey Memorial Park
201 Washington Street
Groveland, MA 01834

Dorothy Monnelly will lead a visual journey through her black and white images from her recently published book, Between Land and Sea: The Great Marsh. Qualities of light, texture, pattern and their interconnection that evoke a sense of this primeval landscape, and her many years of photographing the Great Marsh will be discussed. Explorers Free, Non-Explorers $15
RSVP for this event here
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Friday, April 25th, 7:30 PM
Jim McAllister Lecture Series: "Cape Ann's Artistic
Melting Pot"
Rockport Art Association
12 Main Street, Rockport, MA
Admission is $10 per person
For more information click here

Fri. & Sat., May 16 & 17
Saugus Iron Works
Grand Re-Opening

Summer Safaris 2008...
Essex Heritage is working with Hunt's Photo & Video on plans for summer 2008 Photo Safaris!  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 landscapes. Events will include demonstrations and tips from professional photographers and camera manufacturers.  2008 Photo Safari dates and locations will be available at

List of quick links to news and fun in the ENHA
Coastal Trails Guide
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Coastal Trails
Coalition Recounts
Successful Year

From the outside looking in, theENHA Logo process of developing a multi-use trail may appear to be a slow, drawn-out affair with few notable milestones. In reality, it is more often a dynamic and complex undertaking where small pieces lead to the proverbial greater whole. A good illustration is the Coastal Trails Coalition and its work to create the Coastal Trails Network, a 30-mile system of interconnected trails and bikeways linking the lower Merrimack Valley communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.
Formed in partnership with Essex National Heritage Commission, the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the CTC and its member communities recently celebrated another outstanding year of "bricks and mortar" achievements. Click here (pdf) to review CTC Highlights of 2007.
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