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In This Issue
GO! Experience Essex Heritage
Host a Trails & Sails Event? It's Never Been Easier!
Jim McAllister, Heritage Hero Dinner on May 28
Saugus Iron Works Grand Reopening May 16
Archives Alive! Workshop May 16
Visit a Heritage Area Farm this Season
Partnership Grant Program Serves A Need
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
The Envelope Please...
GO! Experience Essex Heritage

Trails & Sails logoPlans for 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!
It's 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 . . .Scrubbrush
Saugus Iron Works Grand Reopening May 16th
Saugus Iron Works
The whirr 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
Co-sponsored by Essex Heritage, the Massachusetts Historical Records Coun
cil 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...
VeggiesSpring is 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.

Since 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
Tom Leonard, President Emeritus, Essex National Heritage CommissionWhile 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...
On March 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 dynamic."

"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 logo
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!
Explorers Free,
Non-Explorers $15
RSVP for this event here
Become an Explorer

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

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...
Essex 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

Coastal Trails Guide

Honor Heritage Hero,
Jim McAllister

Guide to Farms & Agriculture

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.
Emily and Jeanne
We are grateful for their hard work and wish them both continued success in all future endeavors!

Welcome to Rachel!

Essex Heritage is pleased to welcome Rachel Pagliocco. Rachel is a graduate of Simmons College and
gallery director/curator at Redbrick ArtCenter in Beverly. She will be working with Essex Heritage over the next six months before heading off to Brazil in October to soak up new landscapes, learn a new language, and create a new body of art work.
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