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Please Join us for the Essex Heritage Annual Meeting, October 21
 at The Emerson Center, 9 East Common Street, Topsfield
ENHC welcomes guest speaker, Dave Read,
Connecting Communities through the Border to Boston Trail Initiative
Please RSVP to Lauren at 978-740-0444, by October 15
For directions and details visit
In This Issue
Please Join us for the Essex Heritage Annual Meeting
Unique Adventures Abound as Participants GO! Experience Essex Heritage!
Thank You to so many who Contributed!
Essex Heritage Launches Non-Profit Initiative
Photographers, Get Snapping!
Non-Profit Sustainability Opportunities
Essex Heritage Landscape Inventory Highlighted
Editorially Essex by Tom Leonard
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Heritage Happenings

October 2008
MA Archaeology Month
Enjoy exciting and educational events during Archaeology Month, the Commonwealth's annual celebration of our archaeological past. For more information, click here...

Thurs., Oct. 16, 8:30AM-12
Fundraising 101 Workshop
at North Shore Community College, Danvers President and CEO of ECCF, David M. Welbourn, will share basic fundraising strategies. For more information click here...

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 8-10AM

The Emerson Center
9 East Common Street
Topsfield, MA

ENHC welcomes Dave Read, Connecting Communities through the Border to Boston Trail Initiative. RSVP to Lauren by Oct. 15 978-740-0444
For directions and more information click here...

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Witchcraft, Warfare and Native Americans in
Essex County
Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 01910
Hear Emerson Baker, Professor of History at Salem State College, make the connection between these dynamic topics. Baker is the author of the recently published book The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. Many participants in the witchcraft outbreak had been involved in the war as captives, war refugees, or soldiers, and their suffering is reflected in the infamous Salem witchcraft outbreak.
Explorers FREE and Non-Explorers $15
RSVP here...

Sat., Nov. 1, 8:30AM- 3PM
Community Preservation Act Conferenceat the Essex Agricultural & Technical High School, Danvers FREE
Organized by the statewide Community Preservation Coalition, this FREE conference is the best way to learn the latest news on the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and network with members of local Community Preservation Committees in the region. The conference is open to CPA communities north and northwest of Boston that are members of the Community Preservation Coalition, and also to those communities considering adoption of CPA. For more information on available workshops and to register click here...

Looking Ahead...

Ipswich celebrates 375th in 2009! Themes for the year-long celebration include heritage, diversity, and community. Find out more...
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Essex Heritage Explorers discovered Dogtown in Gloucester on a recent Explorers event leadThe Dogtown Guide by event host and author Mark Carlotto. This colonial Cape Ann settlement has been abandoned since 1830 and offers many stories as well as miles of trails that traverse almost 3,600 acres..

Interested in exploring Dogtown too? Order a copy of The Dogtown Guide by Mark Carlotto or visit his website here...

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The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 40 heritage areas affiliated with the National Park Service.

Unique Adventures Abound as ParticipantsTRAILS & SAILS logo and link
GO! Experience Essex Heritage! 
Essex Heritage sends an enthusiastic "Thank You!" to all our cluster leaders, event hosts, volunteers and attendees who didn't let a few raindrops get in the way of their passion for our Essex National Heritage Area. We salute you!

All was not a washout for Essex Heritage's seventh annual TRAILS & SAILS 2008: A Weekend to GO! Experience Essex Heritage, held September 26-28, 2008. While the weather dealt a 1-2-3 punch with a rather wet combination of a nor'easter and tropical storm, Kyle, throughout the 500 squa
re miles of the Essex National Heritage Area, TRAILS & SAILS attendees experienced a totally unique perspective on Essex Heritage. For many it meant gaining entrance to events that usually sell out, for others it meant getting a private tour of one of our historic treasures. For all willing to brave the elements, it brought a sense of discovery and an opportunity to learn more about the wonderful historic, cultural and natural resources in our own backyard, Essex County, MA.
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Thank you to the TRAILS
presenting sponsor:
Thank You to so many who Contributed!
The success of "A Taste of TRAILS & SAILS," our inaugural kickoff event and raffle at the Willowdale Estate launched a weekend of unique opportunities to GO! Experience Essex Heritage. Special thanks to event sponsors: The Willowdale Estate, Hunt's Photo & Video and Mercury Brewing/Ipswich Ale. We greatly appreciate the delicious contributions and participation of Jewell Towne Vineyards, Valley View Farm, Sasquatch Smokehouse and Woodman's of Essex. Kudos to those who provided a sampling of TRAILS & SAILS experiences to our guests: The Gordon College History Alive Program; pianist, Josh Harper; St. John's Prep Jazz Ensemble; NPS Ranger, Curtis White; Jim MacDougall, Ipswich River Watershed; Willowdale Estate tour guides; ArtsFest Merrimack Valley; Three Sheets to the Wind; Acting Out Theater Company and the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club.

Essex Heritage is very grateful to partners who provided fabulous raffle prizes that were a big hit with our guests: Hunt's Photo & Video, Red Oak Winery, Bicycle Shop of Topsfield, Yankee Fleet, North Shore Music Theatre, Essex River Basin Adventures, Northshore Community College, Schooner Fame and the Topsfield Fair.
Essex Heritage Launches Non-Profit Initiative
This fall, Essex Heritage will begin work with Gayle Gifford of Cause & Effect, Inc., a consulting services firm specializing in heritage non-profit sustainability. Approximately fifteen small to medium-sized heritage partners will participate in a situational assessment, with the goal of identifying a broad range of opportunities for collaborative or individual action creating a baseline understanding of the current environment. Additional work will focus on exploring and evaluating opportunities for enhancing the viability of heritage partners. To learn more contact Mary Williamson.
Photographers, Get Snapping! 
"Barn on Hog Island" Winning Photo 2007, Matthew Shelter All amateur photographers are invited to submit images that capture one of the following Essex Heritage adventures: "A Winter Wonderland," "On the Trail" or "A Trails & Sails Experience." The deadline for submission has been extended to October 15, 2008. All photos must have been captured between November 10, 2007 and October 1, 2008 to be eligible. Win a Digital SLR equipment package, Digital point-and-shoot camera, $100 gift certificate to Hunt's Photo & Video (Melrose) or  a one-year National Parks Pass!  For Contest rules, regulations and applications click here. Hunt's Photo and Video logo and link For more contest information click here...

Thank you to our partners at Hunt's Photo & Video!

Non-Profit Sustainability Opportunities
Essex Heritage is proud to partner with the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) and others to offer opportunities for non-profit leader education, development and dialogue this fall. Over seventy non-profit leaders registered for the October 2 offering at North Shore Community College; PASSION & PURPOSE: Raising the Fiscal Fitness Bar for Massachusetts Nonprofits, a report of research conducted by The Boston Foundation. Survey results reflect a strong interest to further explore and participate in opportunities for non-profit collaboration that strengthen individual and collective viability.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 16, 8:30AM-12, Fundraising 101 Workshop at North Shore Community College, Danvers.  President and CEO of ECCF, David M. Welbourn, will share basic fundraising strategies. For more information or to register call Julie Bishop at 978-777-8876 x 28 or visit
Sponsored by ECCF with support from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and North Shore Community College.

Northern Essex Community College has opened the Merrimack Valley Grant Resource Center, a free access point for grant research and fundraising resources for nonprofits, at its Lawrence campus at 45 Franklin Street. For more information click here...

Salem State College Enterprise Center offers ongoing non-profit programs beginning September 19 - December. For more information on these offerings click here...
Essex Heritage Landscape Inventory Highlighted
In 2004-2005, Essex Heritage partnered with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to undertake the Essex County Reconnaissance Survey, a community-driven inventory of the region's heritage landscapes or "places of the heart." Over 1,300 landscapes were identified in the 24 participating ENHA communities. In addition to the inventory results, each community received a planning report tailored to its preservation planning needs. For more information on the survey click here...
The Essex Heritage experience is among those discussed in a new publication, Translations: The first chapter of the heritage landscape inventory program, 2001-2008. Recently issued by DCR, the 21-page report chronicles the evolution of the program as it progressed through five regions of the state (ENHA was the second stop), citing lessons learned and offering thoughts on the program's future direction. To download a pdf copy of the report, click here...
LINCs Explorers Historic Elections
Essex LINCS teachers at NARA in Waltham As the Essex LINCs program enters its second year of work with elementary teachers, the central lesson plan featured at the National Archives focused on Electoral Ballot Counts of the 1860 presidential election. What can you learn from examining documents like these? Plenty! One of the electors voting for Abraham Lincoln was our own, John Greenleaf Whittier, a famous abolitionist from Amesbury. Whittier also penned the poem, "The Poor Voter on Election Day." Essex County educators can use this lesson to help teach about the electoral college - a tough subject to explain. Find out more on our website
Editorially Essex...
Tom Leonard, Essex Heritage's President Emeritus What a wonderful part of the country we live in, and every day I marvel at how much goes on this region that we call home.  Essex Heritage's seventh annual Trails and Sails weekend has taken place, and it certainly turned out to be a wonderful success. This year's event saw more sites participating, more events being offered, and most importantly, more residents enjoying what was offered. Read more...