In This Issue
2009 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
May 16th Photo Safari
Border to Boston Trail Advances
Essex LINCs Update
Vote! Partners in Preservation
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Editorially Essex
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Thursday, May 21, 7-8 PM
Lecture & Presentation
Custom House
Maritime Museum
25 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Special partnership event!
with the Custom House Maritime Museum.
Thad Koza, renowned tall ships author and photographer, will present his audiovisual program of the 2009 tall ships visiting Boston this summer including Friendship coming to Newburyport in August. The lecture covers 20+ of the ships, along with the men and women, that are a part of Sail Boston 2009. Thad's photography will amaze you and his stories will make you feel like part of the crew! Explorers recieve a discounted admission. For more info click here...

Sun., May 31, 8-10:30 AM

For the Birds!
Parker River
National Wildlife Refuge

Newburyport, MA 01950
Join Explorers with special host Steve Grinley, owner of Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift as he shares his 40 years of birding expertise, leading Explorers on an outdoor adventure. We'll meander over boardwalks and dikes, and enjoy views of ocean, fresh and saltwater marsh as we try to catch a glimpse of the incredible variety of life that the Great Marsh supports. Grab your binoculars, wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather! Explorers attend Free; Non-members $15. Explorers FREE,Non-Explorers $15 RSVP...

Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 PM
Robert S. Peabody Museum
Corner of Main St (Rte 28) and Phillips St
Andover, MA 01810

The Northeast Chapter of the MA Archaeological Society will feature Don Slater as its May speaker. His topic is entitled "Power Materialized: The Dart-Thrower as a Pan-Mesoamerican Status Symbol." For more information email Jules Gordon.

Spring 2009
NEMA Workshops

Each year New England Museum Association (NEMA) offers a Spring Workshop Series. For more information on workshops offered this spring click here...

Spring 2009
Visit Gloucester Maritime
Heritage Center
New Building, New Exhibit! 
The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center announced the opening of its Gorton's Seafoods Gallery on May 7, 2009. The gallery highlights a $500,000 building project which adds a 2nd and 3rd story addition to the center's Sarah Fraser Robbins Education Center, connects three existing buildings, and creates an  indoor observation deck where visitors can observe activity taking place in the adjoining Boat Shop. Both the exterior and interior architectural features reflect the feel of a 19th century wharf warehouse.

Saturday, June 20, 9AM
Custom House
Maritime Museum
25 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
This one-day symposium will explore the common and unique goals, designs and operations of the New England Custom Houses of Robert Mills, America's first native born architect. Explore the rich history and significance of these landmark buildings! Find out more here...
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Tom CostinEssex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
Thursday, May 21, Hawthorne Hotel
Don't miss the opportunity to join Essex Heritage and the National Park Service as we pay homage to long-time North Shore advocate Tom Costin on Thursday, 5/21. Tom and a host of his ENHA Logoclosest friends will provide an entertaining tour of his past 60 years of service, recounting the many friends and organizations Tom has helped along the way. For related press release click here.

This event will connect leaders from business, civic and non-profit organizations across the North Shore. All proceeds will benefit Essex Heritage programs which support the cultural resources in all 34 cites and towns across Essex County. Purchase tickets on-line by
clicking here...
Trails & Sails logo and linkSubmit your Trails & Sails Event!
Essex Heritage has begun accepting on-line submissions from 2009 Trails & Sails event host sites. This year, Essex Heritage is pleased to offer Trails & Sails on two weekends, September 18-20 and September 25-27.

Trails & Sails was developed eight years ago as an outreach effort to drive audience to the wealth of natural and cultural resources within the Heritage Area. Our primary theme this year is "Along the Coast of Essex County" spotlighting maritime sites, as a part of a collaborative effort with the North of Boston CVB to highlight coastal resources, but we welcome any authentic heritage experience to the Trails & Sails line-up.  The deadline for event submission is June 30th. If you'd like to submit an event, contact Essex Heritage by clicking here...
May 16th Photo Safari...with Lou Manna! 
2009 Photo Safari logo and linkCalling all photo enthusiasts for an expedition into the historic wharves of Salem on May 16th! Equipped with the latest and greatest camera gear from Olympus, provided by Hunt's Photo & Video, and personally coached by Lou Manna, an award winning Olympus Visionary Photographer, you can start the Photo Safari season with this ramble around Salem's three original historic wharves and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site!

Participants receive hands-on instruction from Hunt's knowledgeable technical experts, take their images home on a FREE digital memory card and receive a gift certificate from Hunt's Photo & Video! For more information click here...
Border to Boston Trail Advances
Salisbury MarshOn May 7, local and state officials, including transportation secretary James Aloisi, celebrated the start of construction on the Old Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury. Funded by state and federal funds, the 1.4 mile section of the regional Border to Boston Trail will offer users striking panoramic views of The Great Marsh and Merrimack River.

The Salisbury project joins those in Newburyport and Topsfield, which together will result in approximately 10% of the B2B being completed within a year.

In related news, the effort to secure critical design funding for the rest of the 28-mile, eight community rail-trail recently received a significant boost when state senators Frederick Berry and Steven Baddour sent a joint letter to MassHighway requesting match funds required to access $718,000 in federal funds secured by Congressman John Tierney in 2005. The funds are in danger of being lost if not obligated.
Teachers at an Essex LINCs workshopEssex LINCs Update
Essex LINCs, a Teaching American History grant for Essex County elementary teachers, is pleased to announce our 2 week-long summer institutes are filled. Held in 5 historic spots throughout Essex County, "Governing in New England" will help teachers explore topics from NE town meetings to the US Constitution. Our new institute, "Working In New England" features a Gloucester schooner sail as we discuss maritime work, butter churning in Newbury, and a trip to the slave quarters in Medford. Educators will discuss themes with Salem State professors and receive classroom ready lessons prepared by our museum educator. Teachers will use their new knowledge to create multidisciplinary lessons for their own classrooms and distribution through EssexLINCs.org.

Time is running out... Essex County educators interested in joining our fall cohort, applications are available via our website! We only have 2 more opportunities to be part of this federal grant program - stipends, PDPs and free graduate credit (for summer work) - as well as a chance to learn more about our fascinating local history! For further info contact Rebecca Zimmerman.
Partners in Preservation logo and linkVote! Partners in Preservation
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have selected twenty-five places of historic, cultural and aesthetic significance in Greater Boston as participants for the 2009 Partners in Preservation program, four of them are in the Essex National Heritage Area; Lowell's Boat Shop, The Crane Estate, Salem Old Town Hall and Schooner Adventure.

From April 14 - May 17, 2009, you have the opportunity to cast one vote each day online for the historic places that you care about. At the end of the voting period, the site with the most votes is guaranteed funding for their requested project (maximum amount of $100,000 per site) from a total of $1 million that American Express will give away to support the preservation of historic places in Greater Boston.  Register and vote now...
Partnership Grant Spotlight: LynnArts, Inc.
Students who participated in "My City/Mself"Essex Heritage is pleased to recognize the completion of LynnArts, Inc. Partnership Grant project.  LynnArts, in partnership with the Girls & Boys Club of Lynn, undertook the development of a six week program called, "My City/Myself" which used local history, site visits and creative expression as starting points for students to discover their community and their own personal histories. The program impacted girls and boys from diverse backgrounds who visited significant historical places within their own community and were able to connect those stories with their own lives.
Tom Leonard, Essex Heritage's President EmeritusEditorially Essex, by Tom Leonard...
Hooray for the month of May. As I prepare this column for publication in May, it is still late April and the weather is still cool, and for those of us who live near the coast the east wind is very persistent and the warm days of spring seem far away. At the end of the month we experienced a brief summer preview, and that was most pleasant. But May always brings a promise of better things to come. This has been an April filled with successes by our local professional sports teams, and the Red Sox have begun play on a positive note and the Bruins and Celtics are participating in the spring playoffs.  Read more...
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