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Holiday Greetings from Essex Heritage!
2009 Partnership Grant Program Suspended
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Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Heritage Happenings

Thursday, January 22 5:30-7:00 PM
Art and Asia in Ipswich
Ipswich Historical Society's
Heard House Museum

54 South Main Street Ipswich, MA 01938
Discover the China trade behind the walls of the Heard House Museum. Their collection reflects a unique time in our nation's history when the US was pursuing relationships with nations of Asia to establish independence in politics and trade.

Become acquainted with the work of artist and Ipswich native, Arthur Wesley Dow. Experience how Asian influence penetrates the artistic sensibilities of this artist whose timeless contributions to the teaching and understanding of art continue to influence artists today. Explorers FREE, non-Explorers $15.

It is not too late to share the gift of Discovery. Consider an Explorers Membership as a gift this holiday season...
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December 16, 7:30 PM
Rebecca Nurse:
Unjustly Convicted
R.S. Peabody Museum
175 Main St, Andover
MA Archaeological Society's Northeast Chapter hosts FREE presentations monthly. Malinda Blustain, director, R.S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, will review archaeological research at the Nurse Homestead in Danvers, MA, an area occupied for a period of 5000 years, from American Indians to colonists. For more information click here...

Looking Ahead...

Ipswich celebrates 375th in 2009! Find out more...
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Holiday Greetings from Essex Heritage!
The staff at Essex Heritage would like to extend you and your family the greenest of holiday greetings! We are celebrating our Heritage Area with an electronic greeting card this year featuring an award-winning photograph from our annual Photo Contest. Happy Holidays to you!

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2009 Partnership Grant Program Suspended 
For the past ten years, the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant program has provided more than $1,780,000 to municipalities and nonprofit heritage organizations to support their stewardship efforts in the areas of heritage education, interpretative programming, historic preservation, community trails, and historical records.
Due to the unanticipated state funding cut of $93,750, Essex Heritage is suspending the 2009 round of Partnership Grants and no new applications will be solicited or accepted at this time. Essex Heritage will continue to support all of our current grant commitments, and every effort is being made to seek alternative funding to fill the budget gap. We are very sorry to make this announcement as we know that many of you rely on Essex Heritage grants to implement excellent education, interpretation, and preservation projects.

We have every hope that through the generosity of our many supporters, the gap in funding will be closed, and we will be able to continue the Partnership Grant program in the future.
National Endowment for the Humanities
2009 Grant Opportunities
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The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  Numerous opportunities are available to fund projects that preserve and interpret heritage resources for new audiences. The various grant programs, application guidelines and deadlines can be found here...
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Editorially Essex...
Tom Leonard, Essex Heritage's President EmeritusI hope your Thanksgiving was pleasant and that you had the chance to reunite with family and friends to celebrate this most American of holidays.  I suspect that you are getting ready to celebrate the holiday season and regardless of what holiday you celebrate all of us at Essex Heritage hope the season will be rewarding and as the New Year arrives with, that we might all be able to look forward to better times. Economic conditions in this country and the world have deteriorated over the second half of this past year, and we can only hope that with the focus of the new administration in Washington, and with the help of economic experts from all over the globe, the situation can be reversed before the New Year is too old. Read more...