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In This Issue
Come to Eagle Festival with Essex Heritage and Hunt's Photo & Video
Save the Date!
2009 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
Going Coastal!
2009 Photo Safari and Photo Contest!
Northeast Document Conservation Center Workshops
Farmers' Market &
Dance Party
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Heritage Happenings

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. For more information download a flyer (pdf) or click here...

Love your Heritage Area

Heart image this Valentine's Day 

Friday, February 13, 8PM
A Timeless Love Story
The Love Letters of
John & Abigail Adams

The First Congregational Church of Essex
39 Main Street, Essex

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum invite you to a dramatic presentation of "The Love Letters of John and Abigail Adams," followed by a reception featuring a sumptuous chocolate buffet. For more info click here...

Friday, Feb. 13, 7- 8PM
Phillips House, Salem
Get a glimpse into the love lives of five generations of the Phillips family of Salem. Call 978-744-0440.

Friday, Feb. 13, 6:30PM
Ipswich Historical Society
Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Valentine's Celebration. Call 978 356-2811.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7:30PM
Lady Liberty: What Lies Beneath Her Feet
R.S. Peabody Museum
Phillips Academy, Andover
The Northeast Chapter of the MA Archaeological Society features Tonya Largy presenting Lady Liberty: What Lies Beneath Her Feet. Tonya will discuss surprising findings uncovered during renovations in 1985!
For more info click here...

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

Continuing the Connection:
The Phillips Library
Plummer Hall Reading Room, 132 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
Join Phillips library director, Sid Berger and librarian, Barbara Kampas for a special evening at the Peabody Essex Museum's Phillips Library. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Library and its gracious Plummer Hall. Our knowledgeable hosts will share rare items including recent acquisitions and other pieces that emphasize the depth of the Essex-Asia connection.
Explorers FREE,
Non-Explorers $15
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Call to Artists!
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Team Haverhill present The Soles of Haverhill Shoe-la-bration
Artists are called to design imagery on a 3D vintage shoe made of fiberglass! Download the Call to Artists and the Artist Submission Packet (pdfs). Learn more at TEAM Haverhill's website...

Ipswich Historical Society
Special Sundays will be held through April 26!
See what is going on at the Heard House Museum.  See the special Greenheads exhibit, the 1st floor rooms, shop in the bookstore, and enjoy special events. For more info click here...

Ipswich celebrates its 375th Anniversary throughout 2009!
Attend special events, talks, tours, outdoor activities, performances, and school projects that recognize and promote the town's rich heritage, diversity, and community! Discover historic Ipswich in 2009. Visit Ipswich 375...
Spring Interns!
Essex Heritage welcomes spring semester interns Ashley Maggio and Felicite Bertin.
Ashley is in her senior year at Salem State College working towards a degree in Business Administration. Felicite plans to graduate in May with an Associate Degree in Hotel Management. We are looking forward to working with them both throughout the semester and appreciate all of their hard work so far!
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 Read About the Region...
Disaster in Lawrence: The Fall of the Pemberton Mill pictureFeatured recently in Yankee Magazine, Disaster in Lawrence: The Fall of the Pemberton Mill, by Alvin F. Oickle riveting account illustrates why, nearly a century and a half later, the Pemberton collapse in Lawrence is still considered one of the worst industrial calamities in American history.
To purchase a copy of this book click here...
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The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 40 heritage areas affiliated with
the National Park Service.

Help Governor Patrick Choose
America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter
In a successor to the 50 States Quarters Program, the U.S. Mint, has asked Governor Patrick to select one preferred and three alternate Massachusetts national sites to be featured on the reverse of a quarter! Governor Patrick is calling on the people of Massachusetts to help with this decision.  There are many wonderful resources included in the list and Essex Heritage is honored to be at the tops of the list as a Congressionally designated Area that represents so many partners and sites and other Nationally significant resources. Cast your vote here...
Join Essex Heritage and Hunt's Photo
at the Eagle Festival February 14

Merrimack Valley Eagle Festival Logo and linkSpend an adventure-packed day celebrating 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 a free variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

Visit Essex Heritage & Hunt's Photo & Video at the Festival as we partner to promote Photo Safaris and the Explorers Membership Program at Newburyport's City Hall, where Hunt's will take a photo of you and yours with an eagle for a $10 donation to Mass Audubon! A set of Promaster compact binoculars will be given to the first ten new Explorer members! It is the perfect time to sign up! For more information call 978-462-9998 or click here...
Save the Date!
2009 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
Presented by ENHA Logo
Tom CostinOn May 21, 2009, the Essex National Heritage Commission will once again celebrate our region's unique cultural heritage with distinction, when in partnership with the National Park Service, we present the Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner. This evening will celebrate the lifelong civic engagement and accomplishments of Thomas P. Costin, Jr., at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. Join us as Essex Heritage and the National Park Service pays homage to Tom, who will provide an entertaining tour of his past 60 years of service, recounting the many friends and organizations he has helped along the way. Essex Heritage and Tom Costin are most grateful to the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, presenting sponsor of this year's Heritage Hero event. Access Tom's bio by clicking here...
Going Coastal!
Julie McConchie, Annie Harris and Bill Piercey at the North of Boston CVB Tourism Conference On Friday, January 30th the North of Boston CVB announced 2009 grant award recipients at their annual tourism conference. Awards will fund a variety of initiatives to promote the region North of Boston. Essex Heritage was pleased to be among many deserving organizations and projects recognized with grant funding. Essex Heritage will create a hard copy and on-line guide promoting the maritime resources of the Essex National Heritage Area with these funds. The guide will be available in May.
2009 Photo Safaris, Register now! 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.  Registration for 2009 Photo Safaris is open! To participate click here...
Northeast Document Conservation
Center Workshops
Northeast Document Conservation Center logo and linkThe Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover is pleased to present its spring 2009 series of one-day preservation workshops:
Preservation of Scrapbooks:Tuesday, March 24
Basic Paper Repair: Wednesday, March 25
Preparing Collection
Materials for Exhibition:
Thursday, March 26
Identification and Care
of Photographs:
Tuesday, March 31
Selection for Digitization: Wednesday, April 1
Digitizing Vintage
Photographs and Negatives
: Thursday, April 2
For descriptions and registration information, please visit the NEDCC website...
Newburyport Farmers' Market & Dance Party!
Newburyport Farmers' Market logo and link Newburyport will be hosting a farmers' market! Beginning in June and held every Sunday, the farmers' market will take place in the Tannery Parking lot, on Water Street, rain or shine! Their mission is to support a viable food system that brings local farmers and the community together where we can enjoy the fruits of the earth and learn from each other, to promote awareness of sustainability practices and how they help preserve and protect the planet. They are kicking it off with a "Funk the Farm" dance party February 20th at the Mission Oak Grill and an info meeting on the 22nd at the Tannery. For more information, click here...
You're Invited, Get Connected!
Here are two great ways to stay connected. Connect with Essex Heritage on Facebook! See photos from recent events, post messages, start or join a discussion! With our fan group growing every month, it is a great way to network with colleagues. Share your favorite Essex National Heritage Area experiences and become a fan...

Join the Massachusetts MA Studies Network. This a pilot network connects people who work in the fields of Massachusetts history, culture and environment, past and present. Join discussions, special interest groups, live chats, photo sharing and more - To find out more click here...
Tom Leonard, Essex Heritage's President EmeritusEditorially Essex...Essex Heritage
Evaluation Process is Underway!
For many in this region, winter can be a difficult time. Weather conditions make travel and just getting around the communities where we live and work a little more troublesome and time consuming. The winter of 2009 is certainly becoming one of the most difficult in recent memory.

The national and world economy continues to be a concern, and every day we are likely experience more and more examples of the changes we must make in the way we live. There are certainly some positive signs that show up from time to time, as gas prices remain moderate, and the expectations of a federal economic stimulus bill offers some hope for the near term.  Read more...