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Essex Heritage Announces Grant Recipients
Essex Heritage & Hunt's Photo & Video Launch Photo Safaris
Go! Experience the Great Outdoors
Welcome New Commissioners!
What a Wonderful Evening...
On Watch: Trails & Sails 2008
Essex LINCs Update
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
Essex Heritage Legislation Passes
Essex Heritage is Stepping Out Together
Our Best Wishes to Senator Ted Kennedy
The Essex National Heritage Commission, the Board of Trustees, our Commissioners and staff send our very best wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Senator TedSenator Ted Kennedy, Annie Harris and Tom Leonard Kennedy.  His leadership created the Essex National Heritage Area twelve years ago and his support has sustained us.  We don't believe that there is anyone who is more enthusiastic about the history of Essex County and its importance to our current and future well-being. Our hopes and prayers are with Senator Kennedy and his family.
Essex Heritage Announces Grant Recipients...
Essex Heritage was pleased to announced the recipients of 2008 Essex Heritage Partnership Grants at Essex Heritage's semi annual meeting on June 10 at the Lynn Museum and Visitor's Center. 33 matching grants totaling $96,000 were awarded to organizations in 18 communities, providing financial support to projects that encourage interpretation and preservation of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area.
Read the full press release...(pdf)
Essex Heritage & Hunt's Launch Photo Safaris

Photo safari 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...

Go! Experience the Great Outdoors...
Just in time for summer, the Essex National Heritage Commission has published a new free brochure - Guide toGuide to the Great Outdoors the Great Outdoors -  highlighting fifty-two of the Essex National Heritage Area's greatest recreational sites.  With high gas prices and summer temperatures soaring, these are great escapes that are practically in your backyard.  The guide is targeted towards local residents and designed to help them enjoy and explore the National Heritage Area from the North Shore to the Merrimack River Valley. Both well known and lesser know outdoor sites are included. For a copy of the guide or for more information visit

The Guide to the Great Outdoors was funded, in part, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Business and Technology/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and by a grant administered by the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional funding was provided by Hunt's Photo and Video and Institution for Savings.

Welcome New Commissioners!
On Tuesday, June 10 Essex Heritage held its semi-annual commission meeting at the Lynn Museum and Historical Society. Essex Heritage is  pleased to welcome the following new commissioners who were officially introduced at that meeting:
  • Dr. Patricia Meservey, President, Salem State College
  • Chris McCann, Board Member, Hospice of the North Shore
  • Stanley Usovicz, Regional Director, Verizon
  • Charles "Chip" Payson, Vice President, External Affairs, Northeast Health Systems
  • Mary Whitney, Director, Essex County Forum
  • Jason Korb, Associate Development Director, Beacon Communities LLC 
What a Wonderful Evening...
Jim and friends at the Heritage Hero dinner May 28, 2008Sincere thanks to a sell-out crowd and event sponsors who joined Essex Heritage and the National Park Service in celebrating the presentation of the 2008 Essex Heritage Hero Award to local historian, author and columnist, Jim McAllister of Derby Street Tours on May 28th at the Hawthorne Hotel. Local leaders toasted Jim for his tremendous 25 year career making history come alive through his tours, lectures, books and articles. Jim also received the first of what Essex Heritage hopes to be a recurring honor bestowed upon an individual or group who's professional or volunteer pursuits embody the spirit of the Essex Heritage mission. Event proceeds helped to bolster the 2009 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Fund.
On Watch: Trails & Sails 2008
Trails & Sails logo and linkTrails & Sails 2008 weekend is taking shape! Essex Heritage is pleased to offer this annual opportunity for partners, and organizations throughout the region to highlight and share their sites, and unique experiences with visitors and residents of this region. If you would like to participate let us know and submit your event online. It is time to plan! September 26 - 28 is right around the corner!
GO! Experience Essex Heritage...
Essex LINCs Update
Essex LINCs logo and linkEssex LINCs, our Teaching American History grant for elementary school teachers, is seeking a few new Essex County teachers for our next cohort. This early American history program provides educators with specific instruction, lessons, and materials ready to use in their schools  and pays teachers to develop classroom activities using local sources provided to them.  Spots for the fall workshops are filling fast, but there will be another group forming in the spring. For more information and a link to apply; contact Bethany Jay or visit
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex...
Tom Leonard, President Emeritus, Essex National Heritage CommissionThe Memorial Day weekend has long been considered the unofficial start of summer in New England.  This year's holiday weekend was truly spectacular.  We experienced generally clear skies with temperatures a little above normal for late May.  The only "clouds" we saw all weekend were hanging over the gas pumps all over New England.  It seems clear that with gasoline prices hovering around the four dollar per gallon mark, driving in New England, at least for the foreseeable future will mean shorter and more defined trips.  That scenario presents a wonderful opportunity for resources in this area to attract local residents to their venues during this upcoming vacation period.  There are so many wonderful attractions in the Essex Heritage area.

"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.

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

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Thursday, July 10, 4-6:30PM
Forage and Ramble
Cox Reservation
Essex County Greenbelt Association Headquarters
82 Eastern Avenue, Rte 133 Essex, MA 01929

Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, on a two-hour ramble through Essex County Greenbelt Association's (ECGA) Cox Reservation to learn about the comestible qualities of at least two dozen plant species. Russ will have samples of foraged goodies for us to taste following the walk!
ECGA Executive Director, Ed Becker will introduce us to the significance of their work in Essex County

This event is FREE to members and non-members.  Because participation is limited, please
RSVP here.
Become an Explorer

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)

Coastal Trails Coalition

Photo Safari Registration...

Guide to the Great Outdoors

Guide to Farms & Agriculture

Guide to First Period Architecture

Essex Heritage
Legislation Passes
Success at last!  Essex Heritage's authorization to receive federal funding was increased this spring.  On May 8, the Natural Resource Projects and Programs Act was signed into law by President Bush.  The bill includes important language that increases the federal funding 'cap' on authorizations to select national heritage areas.  Essex Heritage's 'cap' was increased by $5m.  This is great news.  Although it doesn't guarantee that Essex Heritage will receive this much additional funding - it does makes us eligible for these funds.  We are greatly indebted to Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator John Kerry and Congressman John Tierney, and their very hard working staff, for relentless pursuing this legislation for the past 4 years! 

Essex Heritage is Stepping out Together!
On June 22, Essex Heritage will walk together in The North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk. We have been walking the seasons away for wellness in anticipation of this opportunity. Collectively we have taken 6,000,000 steps in solidarity to show our support to one another and for this cause. We are proud to announce that our fundraising efforts have brought us over $4200 to date! Step out with us and register for the walk.

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