|GO! Experience Essex Heritage
2008 Trails & Sails are starting to percolate under an exciting new banner,
"GO! Experience Essex Heritage." In keeping
with its strong outdoors tradition, there will be plenty of "GO" options during
Trails & Sails 2008, such as GO Hike!, GO Bike!,GO Paddle!, GO Climb! So, GO! to your
calendar and save these T&S dates: September 26 - 28. And GO! to our
website for a "Sneak Preview" of all the great new events being planned.
|Host a Trails & Sails
Event? It's Never Been Easier!
never been easier to host a Trails & Sails event with our new Online Event
Submission form. Whether you have a historic site you'd like to bring more
visitors to, a beautiful Essex Heritage landscape to share, or a heritage
business with an interesting story to tell, you can join in the fun of offering
a 2008 Trails & Sails event. And just think of the promotion you'll
receive! Event planning meetings are now sprouting in your community. Please
contact Rachel if you have any questions or visit our website.
|Jim McAllister, Heritage Hero Dinner on May 28, 2008
Follow me for tickets to the Essex Heritage Hero Dinner . . .
|Saugus Iron Works Grand Reopening May 16th
of waterwheels, the rhythmic bangs of the Forge hammer, the blast of heat from
the Furnace, the strains of a Scottish country fiddle . . . All sights and
sounds of the Grand Reopening of the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
as it comes alive after a dramatic 18-month renovation. The National Park
Service and Essex Heritage invite you to come to the "New Pathways to History"
Grand Reopening celebration of this 8-acre National Park unit which preserves
and interprets the site of the first successful iron works in America. On
Friday, April 16 a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 pm will
be followed a live iron pour, guided tours and Scottish country dancing. On
Saturday, April 17 from 10am-3pm, the family fun resumes with
waterfront activities, colonial lawn games and more! For more information click here.
|Archives Alive! Friday, May 16
|Organizing and Promoting Your Archival Collections 9:30 am
- 12:30 pm at Beverly Public Library
by Essex Heritage, the Massachusetts Historical Records Council presents a free
workshop for volunteers, staff, and board members of local history repositories
(public libraries, town halls, historical museums, historical commissions and
societies, and heritage sites) who wish to better manage and promote their
archival collections. For more information and to register, click here (pdf).
|Visit a Heritage Area Farm this Season...
finally here! It is time to get your hands on the Guide to Farms & Agriculture in the Essex National Heritage Area. Supporting
local farms will result in land conservation, a stronger local economy,
and sustainable local agriculture. Purchasing locally grown foods means
healthier and safer meals for you and your family. First Light Farm in
Topsfield will soon be added to the online version of the guide. Along with
other farms in the region, they offer consumers an opportunity to enjoy farm fresh products all season through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. For your guide to farms visit click here.
|Partnership Grant Program Serves A Need
|In a reflection of the challenging fiscal times,
Essex Heritage received 43 grant applications for its 2009 Partnership Grant
Program. The program's reimbursable matching grants are being sought for
projects in 19 communities. Applications were submitted by 30 nonprofit
organizations and 13 municipalities or public entities. This year grants will
be awarded to projects in four categories: Thomas M. Leonard Partnership Grant
for Education, Heritage Interpretation and Programming, Heritage Preservation
and Resource Stewardship, and Archives and Historical Records. Grant recipients
will be announced in early June at Essex Heritage's semi-annual meeting.
the Partnership Grant Program's inception in 1998, Essex Heritage has awarded
266 grants totaling approximately $1.5 million and leveraging an additional
$5.2 million in matching funds. For more information on the Partnership Grant
Program, click here.
|Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
|While the winter of 2008 with its
cold, snowy and wet weather moved through February and March, I had the good
fortune to be in Florida. One of the things that I noticed during my
stay was that there were far fewer
visitors enjoying the sunshine than in past years. I suspect that the uncertainties of the
economy, and the high cost of travel in 2008 might have had a bearing on the
decisions travelers' made to stay closer
to home. Read more...
|The Envelope Please...
8, hosted Mass. History Day, Essex Heritagepresented award certificates to two
exemplary documentaries of Essex National Heritage Area History. The first
award went to St. John's Prep senior, Sarandos
Markopoulos, and the second to a team of sophmores from Methuen High School:
Morganne Alkroyd, Julia Anderson, McKaela Flannigan and Julie Platz. Uniquely
enough, both award-winning presentations chose the Lawrence Bread & Roses
Strike of 1912 as their focus, relating their topic to this year's National History
Day theme: "Conflict & Compromise in History." On hand to make the award on behalf of
Essex Heritage was Trustee Dick St. Pierre who found these young presenters "very
"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.
|Sunday May 4, 1 - 3 PM|
Capturing Lynn Woods
Lynn Woods, Pennybrook Rd
Lynn, MA 01901
With local photographer Dennis Curtin in the lead and cameras in hand, we'll explore a little known hidden corner of Essex County. Join us for a special walk in these historic and treasured woods. Bring your camera, enthusiasm and dress for the New England spring weather!
RSVP for this event here
Become an Explorer
Fri. & Sat., May 16 & 17
Saugus Iron Works
June 10, 8-10 AM
Save the Date!
Essex Heritage Semi-Annual Meeting
Join Essex Heritage in Lynn for our semi-annual meeting where we will announce 2008 Partnership Grant Recipients. Stay tuned for more information.
Summer Safaris 2008...
Heritage is working with Hunt's Photo & Video on plans for summer 2008 Photo
Safaris! 2008 Photo Safari dates
and locations will be available at EssexHeritage.org.
Essex Heritage and Eastern Mountain Sports
Essex Heritage would like to thank Eastern Mountain Sports
(EMS) of Peabody
for the opportunity to participate in Club Days. Last weekend EMS generously
provided Essex Heritage and other local organizations prime real estate at
their new store location in the North
Shore mall for Essex
Heritage to promote our programs and the region. It was a great way to connect
new people to the Heritage Area and we look forward to working with EMS in the future.
|Essex Heritage Celebrates Earth Day
On Earth Day 2008, the staff of Essex Heritage joined
in on a cooperative trail-building event on the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail.
|Teaming up with volunteers from Timberland Company, the Coastal Trail Coalition
and local contractors, the group helped the Town of Salisbury's
DPW and Planning Department extend this trail to Lions Park.
Shovels and rakes in hand, this Earth Day Work Party tackled projects which
included clearing existing trail of debris, building a trail bridge over
wetlands and installing trail signs.
|A Fond Farewell and
Best Wishes to
Jeanne and Emily!
Essex Heritage would like to express a fond farewell and many thanks to Jeanne
Pickering, ENHC's webmaster, and Emily Antone, project coordinator.
grateful for their hard work and wish them both continued success in all future
Welcome to Rachel!
Heritage is pleased to welcome Rachel Pagliocco. Rachel is a graduate of Simmons College
and gallery director/curator at Redbrick
in Beverly. She
will be working with Essex Heritage over the next six months before heading off
in October to soak up new landscapes, learn a new language, and create a new
body of art work.
|The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 37 heritage areas affiliated with the National Park Service.