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In This Issue
Merrimack Valley
Eagle Festival
Capture the Essence!
Raw Art Works!
Essex Heritage Announces
2009 Photo Safaris!
Nonprofit Network
Nonprofit Workshop
Essex LINCs
Past and Present
Achievements Honored
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Heritage Happenings

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7:30 PM
Searching for Agent Spencer: Indian
Agent to the Sioux

Robert S. Peabody Museum Andover, MA

Massachusetts Archaeological Society's evening guest, Dick Miller,
takes us back to the Sioux Rosebud Indian Reservation after Little Big Horn and before Wounded Knee where his great-uncle was the Indian Agent.
Free to the public. Refreshments served. Contact Jules Gordon 978-685-1202 or email.

January 2009
Ipswich Historical Society
While many things seem to slow down during the winter, the Ipswich Historical Society picks up the pace!  The New Year starts off strong with many new and exciting events to keep those winter blues away!  Here are just a few of the things happening in the next couple of weeks..Click here...

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 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 trade with the Far East.

We will also become acquainted with the work of Ipswich artist, 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


Friday, February 27
4:30-6:00 PM

Continuing the Connection:
The Phillips Library
Phillips Library, Plummer Hall Reading Room
132 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
Please join Phillips library director, Sid Berger and librarian, Barbara Kampas for a special evening at the Peabody Essex Museum's Phillips Library. Explorers are invited for an exclusive tour of the Library and its gracious Plummer Hall. Our knowledgeable hosts will share rare items including some of the library's recent acquisitions from China and other pieces that emphasize the depth of the Essex-Asian connection.
Explorers FREE,
Non-Explorers $15
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Looking Ahead...

Save the date!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The Great Marsh Symposium
The day will include an impressive roster of speakers as well as field trips. Stay tuned for more information in future newsletters! $15.00

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Congratulations to local writer/historian, Bonnie Hurd Smith. Bonnie has served as a partner and Commissioner to Essex Heritage for years, and we are so pleased to now share her latest Boston Women & The Law: A Walking Trail through Four Centuries of Boston Women's Legal History image and linkliterary contribution with you! "Boston Women and the Law: A Walking Trail through Four Centuries of Boston Women's Legal History."
To purchase a copy of this book click here...
To learn more about Bonnie and this book
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Thank you
friends and parnters!

Many thanks to our Essex Heritage trustees, commissioners and program partners who have contributed their valuable time to our Center for Park Management (CPM) evaluation process.
This is a necessary step in our mandate as a National Heritage Area, and we greatly appreciate the support our constituents have provided. For more information visit CPM.
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Essex Heritage invites you to visit us on Facebook.  See photos from recent events, post messages, share your favorite Essex National Heritage Area experiences and become a fan! Find us on Facebook click here...
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The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 40 heritage areas affiliated with
the National Park Service.

Snow friend!
Warm Wishes for a
Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Merrimack Valley Eagle Festival February 14
Merrimack Valley Eagle Festival Logo and linkSpend Valentines Day loving the eagles of the Merrimack Valley! Sponsored by Joppa Flats and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the Merrimack River Eagle Festival celebrates these special winter residents of Newburyport, Newbury, Amesbury, and Salisbury with free indoor and outdoor activities including: self-guided tours of birding spots, bus tours with expert birders, live eagle demonstrations and other family fun. Essex Heritage and Hunt's Photo and Video will co-host an info table, promoting opportunities to become an Essex Heritage Explorer and participate in this summer's Essex Heritage Photo Safaris program, sponsored by Hunt's and premier camera company partners. For more information call 978-462-9998 or click here...
Photographers, Capture the Essence!
 "Derby Wharf " 2008 Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, Steve Harrington It is time to start thinking about your entry to the 2009 Essex Heritage Photo Contest! All amateur photographers are invited to submit images that capture the essence of the Essex National Heritage Area or speak to Essex Heritage's role in preserving the historic, cultural and natural treasures of Essex County. To be eligible, images must have been taken in the Essex National Heritage Area between Nov. 1, 2008 and Oct. 15, 2009, and fall into one of three categories:"My Space," "On a Photo Safari," and "General Images." This is your chance to compete for high-end camera equipment prizes from Hunt's Photo & Video. Deadline for submission is October 16, 2009. For contest rules, details, restrictions and prizes click here...
Congratulations Raw Art Works!
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The Social Innovation Forum is a program of Root Cause, a Cambridge nonprofit that supports social innovators and educates social impact investors. This past December, they named six area nonprofits as 2009 Social Innovators, including Lynn's Raw Art Works. The mission of Raw is to empower disadvantaged youth through the arts, providing innovative ways for them to engage in art-making that transforms their lives. Each winning nonprofit will receive $100,000 in cash and services including a 12-month support program. For more information click here...
Essex Heritage Announces
2009 Photo Safaris!2009 Photo Safari logo and link
In its fourth year, the Essex Heritage Photo Safari program is designed to showcase the beauty and unique landscapes of the Essex National Heritage Area.  Sponsored by New England's largest photography retailer, Hunt's Photo & Video and four major camera equipment companies, the Essex Heritage Photo Safaris provides the perfect blend of historic exploration with modern-day digital photography advances. Photographers of all levels will expand their skills and broaden their horizons with unlimited use of high-quality photo equipment during visits to incredibly beautiful Essex National Heritage Area locations. Register to participate in the Essex Heritage Photo Safari program here...
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Are you familiar with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) and its services? It's mission is to help nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth reach their goals. Services and programs of the MNN are based on member input MNN logo and linkand needs. Peruse their website and learn more about what they are doing for non-profits. Members of the MNN can save time and money on goods and services needed to operate and fulfill their mission by participating in MNN's group purchasing program administered by Commonwealth Purchasing (CWP). To learn more click here...
Nonprofit Workshop Sponsored by:
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company logo and linkCalling all nonprofit leaders! A timely educational offering sponsored by Boston Private Bank & Trust Company is taking place Thursday, January 29th, 8:30 to 11:30 am. The topic will be, The New Form 990: What Every Nonprofit Organization Needs to Know Now for Annual IRS Filing in 2008 and Beyond, and will take place at the Community Conference Room, Suite 221-E, 100 Building, Cummings Center, Route 62/Elliott Street, Beverly, MA.  Download pdf of flyer. Please RSVP by January 27 by calling 617-912-3919 or email.
Essex LINCs Past and Present
Lawrence teachers at LINCs workshop This January marks the end of the workshops for our 2nd cohort and the orientation for our 3rd! On January 15th Essex County educators will meet at the Beverly Historical Society to examine "Peopling in New England and the US."  A special lecture by Dr. Emerson "Tad" Baker on gravestone carvings will help introduce the lesson examining those images unique to our region and asking students to design their own gravestone art. Teachers who bring information on local historical figures can try out the lesson and take home their own drawings.

On January 22nd, a new group of 25 teachers from across the region will meet to begin another round of workshops created to introduce educators to the use of local primary source materials in their classrooms. More info on this program can be found by contacting our museum educator, Rebecca Zimmerman or on our website...
Lawrence Achievements Honored
Essex Heritage applauds two efforts in Lawrence that recently received well-deserved recognition.        

The City of Lawrence, Architectural Heritage Foundation and Bank of America CDC received a 2008 National Preservation Honor Award for their $40 million rehabilitation of Washington Mills Building No. 1. During his remarks at the former textile mill, Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, highlighted the catalyzing effect this pioneering loft conversion has had on the surrounding North Canal Historic District.

Groundwork Lawrence was also named "Conservationist of the Year" by The Trustees of Reservations, the nation's oldest regional land trust, for its work inspiring and organizing Lawrencians to create a sustainable future by building parks, trails, and gardens. Groundwork Lawrence is part of a national network of conservation organizations supported by the National Park Service.
Editorially Essex...
Tom Leonard, Essex Heritage's President Emeritus We certainly hope that the Holiday Season was pleasant for all of you, and as we look forward to a new year, we can only anticipate that the economic climate will improve. We know that this past year has been trying for many, and we all look forward to the inauguration of a new administration in Washington, and the positive changes outlined by the new President.   For us at Essex Heritage it is also a new year, and in the months ahead, we promise to continue to provide the residents of this region with meaningful and thoughtful programs.
Essex Heritage Annual Appeal Effort
We are particularly gratified by the generous response to the Essex Heritage Annual Appeal. As a result of the understandable cutback in funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this year's annual appeal is more important than ever before. Essex Heritage asked both electronically and through direct mail for your continuing support, and you responded beyond expectations.