In This Issue
Essex Heritage & Hunt's Photo & Video Launch Photo Safaris
Hats Off to Jim!
The Eagle Soars
And the Winner is...
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
On Watch: Trails & Sails 2008
Essex Heritage & Hunt's Launch Photo Safaris

ENHA LogoPicture yourself surrounded by a stunning Northshore landscape with a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand. A great white egret soars over Plum Island. The sun sets over the Marblehead coastline. The past comes alive at the restored Saugus Iron Works. Now picture yourself capturing an award-winning image for this year's Essex Heritage Photo Contest. Far fetched? Not if you've registered for an Essex Heritage Photo Safari, register here.

Hats Off to Jim!
"You have always brought light to our local past by your dedicated research; inspired pride for our unique heritage by your enthusiasm; woven magic into our historic awareness with your storytelling. May you long be Salem's bard!" This is just one example of toasts to Jim McAllister submitted for the commemorative booklet to be distributed at the Essex Heritage Award Dinner (May 28th, Hawthorne Hotel in Salem). The booklet will be a unique collection of tributes to Jim and his memorable stories, with signed copies distributed to all the guests. Tickets may still be purchased here.
The Eagle Soars
Thanks to the efforts of Meridian Associates, Inc. in providing a 3-d cad schematic, the National Park Service Customs House eagle will be used to create a scaled replica for our new Heritage Hero Award. Reproduced in wood by a master carver, this scaled replica will be displayed in the Salem Visitor Center and include the names of all future Essex Heritage Hero award recipients.
And the Winner is...
Can't stand the suspense? Come join us for the 2008 Partnership Grant presentation at Essex Heritage's Semi-Annual Commissioners' Meeting (Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at the Lynn Museum & Historical Society). The festivities will begin at 8:00 am with a Continental Breakfast Reception, and proceed with a short business meeting and announcement of the 2008 Partnership Grant recipients. Calling all Commissioners . . . Come network with your colleagues, find out about Essex Heritage's new initiatives for 2008 and meet your new Commissioners. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex...
Tom Leonard, President Emeritus, Essex National Heritage CommissionSpring certainly takes its time to arrive here in New England.  It appears that in 2008, we have had our usual share of damp and cool weather.  Hopefully the last couple of months of spring will be brighter and as the May flowers bloom, we will forget the dampness and chill of early April.  Some of those night Red Sox games in April when the east wind brought cool temperatures off the ocean seemed better suited for football than baseball.  When summer does arrive, we will all be so grateful for that east wind that arrives on the warm sultry days and we will forget all about early April and the cool temperatures. Read more...
B2B Trail Reaches Design Milestone 
With the recent issuance of a Request for Responses for engineering design services the long planned 28-mile
Border to Boston Trail reached an important milestone. The action by the Massachusetts Highway Department represents the culmination of a two-year effort by the Border to Boston Coalition, an ad hoc group composed of the eight B2B communities (Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Georgetown, Boxford, Topsfield, Wenham, and Danvers), Essex Heritage, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Once under contract with MassHighway, the selected firm will develop the rail trail's "preliminary design" (0-25%), including its exact alignment and required environmental permitting documentation. The design is being paid for with federal funds secured by Congressman John Tierney and is expected to be completed by fall 2009.       
On Watch: Trails & Sails 2008
Trails & Sails logo and linkStroll through sweeping lawns, gazing on garden statuary and a gazebo. Explore shipwrecks of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Take in a few innings of 19th c. Vintage Baseball. What do these activities all have in common? Trails & Sails 2008! Plan now! September 26 - 28.
GO! Experience Essex Heritage.

"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.

Saugus Iron Works logo and link Friday, May 16,
5 PM - 7 PM

Saugus Iron Works Grand Re-Opening
Join Congressman John Tierney & friends in cutting the ribbon on the Saugus Iron Works Grand Reopening. What could be more dramatic than an Iron Pour at sunset?

Saturday, May 17,
10 AM - 3 PM

The Saugus Iron Works celebration continues! Guided Ranger tours, waterfront activities, canoe rides. For more information click here.

Saturday, May 24
11 AM - 2 PM
Newburyport History Ride
Riverside Cycles
50 Water Street Newburyport

Enjoy an easy ride (~5 miles) with frequent stops to talk about the history of places and buildings we pass. Kids 14+ welcome with an adult. Co-sponsored by Coastal Trails Coalition and Riverside Cycles  Please read ride details.

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Sunday May 31, 10AM - 1PM
Victorian Photography 
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Little's Lane
Newbury, MA 01901

Artist and photographer Paul Wainwright will lead a presentation and demonstration on stereoscopic photography followed by an illustrated lecture on "Victorian Spirit and Post-mortem Memorial Photography" by Bethany Groff.
Explorers Free,
Non-Explorers $15
RSVP for this event here
Become an Explorer

Tuesday, June 10, 8-10 AM
Essex Heritage
Semi-Annual Meeting

RSVP here.

Saturday, June 14,
8 AM - 12 PM
Saugus Iron Works Photo Safari Sponsored by Olympus.
Register here.

Saturday, June 14, 10-3PM

Living Green &
Renewable Energy Fair

Old Town Hall
at Derby Square
, Salem
The Salem Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Salem Main Streets and the Salem Renewable Energy Task Force will showcase businesses and organizations that promote green/renewable products at the Living Green & Renewable Energy Fair. Click here.

Monday, June 30
National Natural &
Historic Landmarks
Photo Contest Deadlines!

For more information on National Natural Landmarks contest click here.
For more information on the National Historic Landmarks contest click here.

Newburyport Custom House Maritime Museum Lecture Series (pdf)

May is Preservation month in North Andover!

Coastal Trails Guide

Honor Heritage Hero,
Jim McAllister

Saugus Iron Works

Guide to Farms & Agriculture
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Taking Steps
The North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk date (June 22, 2008) approaches and the staff at Essex Heritage is stepping out. Our fundraising efforts have brought us close to raising $3000! Visit our Essex Heritage team page to see our progress and help our efforts to support the North Shore Medical Center.
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