|Our Best Wishes to Senator Ted Kennedy
National Heritage Commission, the Board of Trustees, our Commissioners and
staff send our very best wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Senator Ted
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...
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
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
|Go! Experience the Great Outdoors...
time for summer, the Essex National Heritage Commission has published a new
free brochure - Guide to
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 EssexHeritage.org...
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
Stanley Usovicz, Regional Director, Verizon
Charles "Chip" Payson,
Vice President, External Affairs, Northeast Health Systems
Mary Whitney, Director, Essex County
Jason Korb, Associate
Development Director, Beacon Communities LLC
|What a Wonderful Evening...
Sincere 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 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, 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 EssexLINCs.org...
|Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex...
Memorial Day weekend has long been considered the unofficial start of summer in
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.
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
resources, and promote our ongoing activities. Articles that are 250
less and fit the editorial scope of our newsletter may be submitted to
Essex Heritage eNews Editorial Committee for publication. We reserve
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
SHOOT THE WORKS!
Saugus Iron Works Photo Safari Sponsored by Olympus. Register here.
Thursday, July 10, 4-6:30PM
Essex County Greenbelt Association
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 &
Photo Contest Deadlines!
For more information on National Natural Landmarks contest click here.
For more information on the National Historic Landmarks contest click here.
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
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
- 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
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.
The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 37 heritage areas affiliated with the National Park Service.