|Essex Heritage & Hunt's Launch Photo Safaris
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
and include the names of all future Essex Heritage Hero award recipients.
|And the Winner is...
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...
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
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.
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
|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
|Stroll 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.
Friday, May 16,|
5 PM - 7 PM
Saugus Iron Works Grand Re-Opening
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
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
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.
Sunday May 31, 10AM - 1PM
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.
RSVP for this event here
Become an Explorer
Tuesday, June 10, 8-10 AM
Saturday, June 14,
8 AM - 12 PM
SHOOT THE WORKS!
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 &
Photo Contest Deadlines!
For more information on National Natural Landmarks contest click here.
For more information on the National Historic Landmarks contest click here.
Essex Heritage is
|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.
|The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 37 heritage areas affiliated with the National Park Service.