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Save the Date: Tuesday, April 28
Essex Heritage Semi-Annual Meeting
Please join us in Newburyport at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square
8:00am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast Reception
8:30am - 10:00am Business Meeting:
Award Presentations & Review of 2008 Initiatives
To RSVP, for information, directions & parking click here...
In This Issue
Essex Heritage Semi-Annual Meeting
The Great Marsh Symposium
2009 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
2009 Photo Safaris...
Friendship Sails!
B2B Trail Website Updated
Non-Profit Initiative Update
Big Tent!
Trails & Sails 2009 Update:
Two Weekends!
Congratulations Commissioners!
Editorially Essex
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Heritage Happenings

Friday, March 20, 2009
Antique Appraisals at the Buttonwoods Museum
6:15 PM Refreshments
7:00 PM Appraisals begin
Soroptimist of Greater Haverhill & Southern N.H.
and Haverhill Historical Society present antique appraisals by Stuart Whitehurst of Skinners, Boston. For more information click here...

Essex County Community Foundation Spring Workshop Series
Thursday, April 2, 2009
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Succession Planning:  
Effective Leadership Transition for Nonprofit Organizations
Thursday, April 30, 2009
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Decision Making in Economic Uncertainty:
Developing Contingency Plans and Exploring Strategic Opportunities
For more information and to register click here...

Sunday, April 19, 2009
1:00PM - 3:00 PM

Exploring the Great Marsh
Crane Estate, Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
Experience the Great Marsh firsthand! Local naturalist and volunteer with the Trustees of Reservations, John Nove, will lead a discussion of the remarkable biodiversity of the Great Marsh, highlighting the vital role that this salt marsh plays in the ecosystem. John will lead us around and over Castle Hill, past the expansive marsh, tidal estuaries, beaches, and dunes. The spring bird migration will be underway, so bring your binoculars! Explorers FREE, Non-Explorers $15

Spring 2009
The Enterprise Center at Salem State College
Offers programs, networking opportunities, and individualized training for everyone. Sole proprietors, small businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups and non-profits welcome! Most programs are FREE. For more information click here...

History Day Winners

Essex Heritage is pleased to announce that students from St. John's Prep were Massachusetts History Day winners!
Essex Heritage presented award certificates to two exemplary projects representing Essex Heritage History. Awards went to "The Political Priest: Increase Mather" by Chris Gravallese, Kyle Quados, and Gavin Loughlan and "The Savings Seamen: General John Glover" by John Flannagan, Jack Donovan, and Wasley Glover. On hand to make the award on behalf of Essex Heritage was Trustee Dick St. Pierre.
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Andover by Andrew GrilzThe Andover Historical Society has released a new book, chronicling the history of Andover through more than 200 historic black-and-white photographs from its collection. Compiled and written by Andover Historical Society Curator Andrew Grilz, the book celebrates Andover's people, places, local celebrations, recreation, schools and places of worship.
To purchase a copy of this book click here...
Get Connected, Stay Connected...
Two great ways to stay connected. Essex Heritage has a fun interactive presence on Facebook! See photos from recent events, post messages, start or join a discussion! It is a great way to network with colleagues.  Become a fan...

Join the Massachusetts Studies Network connecting people who work in the fields of MA history, culture,  environment, past and present. Join discussions, special interest groups, live chats, photo sharing and more. Find out more click here...
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The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 40 heritage areas affiliated with
the National Park Service.

Plan to Attend the Great Marsh Symposium:
A Coastal Treasue in Our Backyard

Conservation Lands painting by Julia PurintonOn April 11, 2009 an outstanding roster of experts will give short presentations on a variety of Great Marsh topics ranging from "History of the Great Marsh Region" to "Coastal Geology of Plum Island" with Chris Hein. Other topics include "Photographing Birds" with Jim Fenton, "Changes in Wildlife Populations," "Youth Volunteer Projects," and more. Hosted by the Great Marsh Coalition with support from EBSCO, the Symposium will be held at the Parker River National Wildlife Headquarters in Newburyport from 8:30am-2:30pm. Four optional field trips are offered from 3-4pm. For more information on optional field trips, and to register click here...
2009 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner: Celebrating Thomas P. Costin, Jr.
Tom CostinPlans to honor Tom Costin as the 2009 Essex Heritage Hero are well underway, thanks in large measure to the event's presenting sponsor, Eastern Bank, and in-kind contributions of Grant Communications Consulting Group. Look for your invitation in the mail in April or purchase tickets at next month. Sponsorship and program ad patron opportunities are available, contact Essex Heritage Development Director
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Spring is here, time for Photo Safaris! 
Spring is right around the corner and registration for 2009 Photo Safaris is open. Essex Heritage Explorers 2009 Photo Safari logo and linkreceive a discount on your registration! 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 like Historic Salem, Crane Estate in Ipswich, Rockport's Halibut Point State Park and the Saugus Iron Works! For more information or to register click here...
Friendship Sails to Newburyport,
August 13 - 17, 2009
Friendship of SalemMark your calendar for the rare opportunity to visit the three-masted tall ship, Friendship, as she sails into Newburyport for a festive three day visit.  Hop on board and learn about the rigors and rituals of sea-faring life in the late 18th century when Newburyport enjoyed maritime supremacy.

Friendship's visit is made possible through the collaboration of the Essex National Heritage Commission, the National Park Service, City of Newburyport  and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, with the financial support of Newburyport Development, LLC, The Provident Bank, The Institution for Savings, The Newburyport Savings Bank, and the Newburyport Daily News. Read more from the Newburyport Daily News here...
B2B Trail Website Updated Border to Boston Trail Logo
Essex Heritage recently updated the website promoting development of the Border to Boston Trail, a 28-mile rail-trail linking eight ENHA communities and providing future connections to Boston, New Hampshire, and beyond. The new site provides basic information about the trail in a simple, easy to access format. Features include a benefits page, maps, and links to B2B Trail partner and trail resource organization websites. The revised website incorporates design elements from the B2B brochure that debuted last fall. Together, they enhance efforts to create greater regional awareness of this key emerging ENHA asset. The new site may be accessed here...
Non-Profit Initiative Update
Last fall, Essex Heritage partnered with Cause & Effect Consulting, Inc., led by Gayle Gifford, to conduct a multi-phased study of heritage non-profit sustainability. Twelve partner organizations voluntarily participated in preliminary survey work and site visits to create a baseline set of assumptions and recommendations.
For a summary and full report of these findings click here...
Big Tent!
Funding is being sought for the follow-up phases of the Heritage Non-Profit Study, but in the interim, Essex Heritage is offering the use of the on-line tool, Big Tent, to establish an on-going, virtual communication link among the partners and any other interested parties. Big Tent will be used as a way to share information on a variety of topics that heritage non-profit executive directors and board members are dealing with. They can use the forum to present needs and opportunities for collaboration and support. If you are interested in exploring the Essex Heritage Big Tent forum, please send your request to Sheilagh Doerfler.

High on the priority list of discussion topics is a desire to find a way to lower insurance costs, share professional skills and grow shrinking endowment funds. Join us in conversation TODAY.
Trails & Sails 2009 Update:
Last Two Weekends in September!
Trails & Sails logo and link Trails & Sails 2009 planning is underway with a few new features that expand opportunities for residents and visitors to connect with rich heritage resources. Mark your calendars to join us for FREE guided tours, open house visits, hikes, walks, sails, paddles, and special experiences for all ages, skill levels and interests. Trails & Sails 2009 will begin Friday, 9/18 to Sunday, 9/20 and again on Friday, 9/25 through Sunday, 9/27. Easy to use website tools will allow participants to design a customized itinerary of events. For more information click here...
Congratulations Commissioners!
Essex Heritage would like to extend congratulations to commissioners who are also local heroes! Norm Isler was recently honored by Ipswich River Watershed Association with the Oustanding Riverbend Volunteer Award. Norm has led and participated in numerous projects that make the Riverbend property more accessible. Essex Heritage commissioner Liz Mulholland, and her husband Peter own and operate Valley View Farm in Topsfield, recognized as a "2008 Local Hero" in the category of "Food Artisan" by Edible Boston. Family operated, Alfalfa Farm Winery, in Topsfield was also recognized as a "Local Hero" in the "Beverage Artisan" category, congratulations to ENHC commissioner, Dick Adelman and family! Visit the Local Hero page of Edible Boston...
Tom Leonard, Essex Heritage's President EmeritusEditorially Essex
For New Englander's, the month of March can be one of the most difficult of the year. There is the hope that spring is just around the corner, but we are more often hit by late winter storms, and winds that can chill one to the bone. I expect that we are all keeping an eye towards Washington, and are hopeful that the actions of the ambitious Obama administration will soon begin to have a positive effect on the difficult economic climate we are experiencing. The second half of 2008 and the first months of 2009 have certainly tested our resolve, and we are all hopeful of seeing improving economic conditions as this year moves forward. I suspect that we must have some faith that this is a country that has been remarkably resilient for several centuries, and that once again we will find the "will and the way" to restore economic stability and confidence in our financial systems. Only then will we be able to move forward and experience collective success as a nation. Read more...
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