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Trails & Sails 2009!
Trails & Sails
Host Orientation
Essex Heritage Scenic Byway Initiative
Photo Contest
America's Best Idea
Summer Institute
A Success!
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Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
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Sat., August 29, 12-1:30 PM
Historic New England's
Phillips House
34 Chestnut Street, Salem
Explore sports in the early twentieth century with a tour of the property and screening of the Phillips family's film collection. Watch home movies of lawn games, sailing and major events. Afterwards, enjoy croquet and horseshoes, in the backyard!

Sat., September 12, 6 PM
Farm to Table Dinner
Cider Hill Farm

45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury
Festivities include a four course meal prepared by Good Tastes Kitchen, sourcing from local purveyors. Enjoy live music, great food and the company of friends and neighbors! Seats are limited to the first 100 tickets sold. Purchase tickets by Sept 6. For more information click here...

Sat., September 12, 12 PM
Pedrick's Wharf Dedication

Harbormaster's Office
Ferry Lane, Marblehead
All are welcome to join Marblehead's Historical Commission in celebrating and recognizing Pedrick's Wharf, affectionately known as Tucker's Wharf, with a ceremony and plaque dedication. One of the oldest, continuously used wharfs in the US, this site was the backbone of the famous Marblehead fishing fleet, used for shipping dried codfish as early as 1630. The site established particular prominence during the Revolutionary Wa

Trails & Sails
Host Orientation Sessions!

Wed., Sept. 2, 9-10:30 AM
Peabody Institute Library, Lowell Street, Peabody   
Thurs., Sept. 3, 9-10:30 AM
Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence
Thurs., Sept. 3, 1-3:30 PM
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge HQ,
6 Plum Island Tpk, Newbury

September 19-21
Sophia 200!
Celebrate the 200th Birthday of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne. Sophia was an artist, travel writer, one of the famous Peabody sisters, and the wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Salem will celebrate her life with parties, lectures, walking tours, champagne toasts and - of course! - birthday cake. Locations throughout Salem, MA. Find out more...
Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, image courtesy of PEM
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An Essex Country Place

October 14, 3:30-5 PM
Stevens-Coolidge Place
Andover Street
North Andover, MA 01845 Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of this treasured Essex County estate and garden. Currently owned and operated by the Trustees of Reservations, this former home to John Gardner Coolidge and Helen Stevens Coolidge, is a fine example of a rural retreat. Tucked away in North Andover, this Colonial Revival mansion and grounds were designed to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out; to be enjoyed and lived in. This is a last-chance-for-the-season experience you won't want to miss!
Explorers FREE,
Not an Explorer? Join now
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Tuesday, Oct. 20 8-10 AM
Essex Heritage Fall Meeting
The Community House
of Hamilton & Wenham
284 Bay Road
South Hamilton, MA 01982
Please RSVP here or phone: (978) 740-0444. For more details & directions
click here...

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Tiptoe Through the TombstonesIf you haven't had a chance to experience her Trails & Sails event at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport, you might want to pick up Ghlee Woodworth's new book before Trails & Sails this year! Tiptoe Through the Tombstones: Oak Hill Cemetery Vol.1, documents the historic cemetery and 70 select individuals buried there. Ghlee continues the much loved history walks and tours that her late father began and her book documents fascinating details. Essex Heritage is pleased to welcome Ghlee to our roster of Trails & Sails events once again this year! For information on obtaining a copy of Ghlee's book please email her.
Senator Edward M. KennedySenator Edward M. Kennedy 1932 - 2009
Essex Heritage - and Essex County - owes a special debt to Senator Ted Kennedy.  Many of the places that we cherish today exist because of the Senator's personal interest and active support. Saugus Iron Works, the first integrated ironworks in North America, was saved and became a unit of the National Park Service in 1968 through legislation championed by Senator Kennedy.  Continue reading... (pdf)
Trails & Sails event with Russ CohenTrails & Sails 2009!
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water is just a few short weeks away! Over 100 FREE events are scheduled over the last two weekends of this September throughout the Heritage Area. Our on-line preregistration system has been churning with advance interest from residents and visitors who are building customized itineraries. Make sure you are part of the action! All who pre-register are eligible for a raffle prize of an overnight at the exclusive Salem Waterfront Hotel. Learn more here...

TRAILS & SAILS 2009: Two Weekends of Walks & Water is presented by TD Bank, with additional financial support from Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital and in-kind support from the Salem Waterfront Hotel.
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Trails & Sails Event Host Orientation
Trails & Sails logo and link to landing pageEvent Hosts, don't forget to RSVP for one of the three orientation sessions taking place next week. You will receive all Trails & Sails materials, including signage, posters and stickers. We will review all forms available to track attendance and will provide hints & tips to encourage sustained audience to your site.
Wednesday, September 2, 9 - 10:30 AM
Peabody Institute Library, Lowell Street, Peabody  
Thursday, September 3, 9 - 10:30 AM
Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence
Thursday, September 3, 1  -  3:30 PM
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters,
6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury
Lighthouse in Gloucester along the Essex Heritage Scenic BywayEssex Heritage Launches
Scenic Byway Initiative
With funding from the National Scenic Byway Program and the MA Executive Office of Transportation, Essex Heritage recently launched a 21-month planning process to create a byway corridor management plan. With substantial community involvement, the plan will identify strategies for preserving and enhancing the byway's intrinsic qualities, and for promoting and marketing the byway. Once completed, ENHC will pursue designation as Massachusetts' first National Scenic Byway.

In all, the 13 communities that the byway traverses contain over 8,700 properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places as well as several National Historic Landmark properties. Easily accessed are a national wildlife refuge, two state wildlife management areas, numerous beaches, trails, and conservation lands open to the public. Five ENHC visitor centers along the route help byway travelers discover the region's rich heritage.
Photo Contest Deadline is Approaching!
2008 winner of the Essex Heritage Photo Contest All amateur photographers are invited to submit images to the Essex Heritage Photo Contest 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. Trails & Sails is the perfect opportunity to get snapping! This year's qualifying photographs must be taken in the Essex National Heritage Area and represent one of four categories: "My Space," "On a Photo Safari," "General Images of ENHA" or "National Historic Landmarks." For more information click here...
Kids engaged in educational program aboard the Fame in Salem, MAAmerica's Best Idea
This week Essex Heritage and Salem Maritime National Historic Site celebrated the successful conclusion of the America's Best Idea grant summer camp program, with the program partners and camp participants. A reception was held at the Salem Visitor Center to showcase camper-created exhibits and to provide a preview of the upcoming Ken Burn's PBS documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which premiers on PBS on Sunday, September 27th. The focus of the America's Best Idea grants, awarded to only thirty five National Parks throughout the country, was to extend the reach of the important lessons offered in Ken Burns' documentary and to reach traditionally under served groups and inspire their future stewardship of our National Parks. Read more...(pdf)
Teachers churning butterSummer Institute A Success!
During two week-long summer institutes, 38 elementary teachers participated in 10 workshops held throughout Essex County. Focusing on "Governing" in our first session and "Working" in our second, educators gained insight into local historic sites using primary source materials. Educators took home reproduction money, tri-corner hats, butter churns and dory models. An Essex County themed game was developed by our museum educator for classroom use. Teachers earned 3 graduate credits from Salem State College and created their own interdisciplinary lessons.
Our fall cohort is currently full, with several new towns represented and one last group will be formed for the spring. For more information contact our museum educator, Rebecca Zimmerman and check out lesson plans, digitized primary sources and links to local historic sites click here...
Join Haverhill's "Shoe-la-bration"
Fiberglass painted Shoe, part of Haverhill's "Shoe-La-Bration"Haverhill, once known as "Queen Slipper City of the World," launched a community-wide public art festival with the unveiling of 14 life-size fiberglass sculptures in the form of a vintage high-button shoe this summer! Each vividly painted and whimsical shoe has been placed at a site in Haverhill to be discovered and enjoyed by all. The shoes give you pause for thought and greater insight into Haverhill's past and present The shoes celebrate Haverhill's community, art and history.

View all lifesize "Soles of Haverhill" at the Buttonwoods Museum from October 1-23. The museum will also feature "Solely our Heritage" oral history and photojournalism exhibit and a unique shoe exibit "shoecasing" Haverhill's extensive shoe manufacturing history. For more information click here...
Cider Hill Farm to Table Dinner
Festivities include a four course meal prepared by Good Tastes Kitchen, sourcing from local purveyors including Cider Hill Farm during their fruitful harvest!  Wine, beer & beverages from local artisans including, Jewell Towne Vineyard in Amesbury, and Mercury Brewing in Ipswich. The Farm to Table Dinner at Green Meadows Farm earlier this month was a huge success featuring thoughtfully prepared, deliciously local eats. Five producers were in attendance, among them, Cape Ann Fresh Catch and Andrew and Diana Rodgers from Green Meadows Farm. Enjoy live music, great food and the company of friends and neighbors! Seats are limited to the first 100 tickets sold. Purchase tickets by Sept 6. For more information see side-bar article or click here...
Tom Leonard, President Emeritus, Essex National Heritage CommissionEditorially Essex, Tom Leonard
  Summer 2009 Arrives at Last, and Essex Heritage Plans for the Future
As we approach August 2009, it appears that summer has finally arrived in eastern Massachusetts! It has been a long time coming, but is certainly welcome. The summer season in this part of the country lasts for such a short time that outdoor enthusiasts all over the county are trying to make up for time lost time. The first part of this summer was cool and damp and was trying for many. Now everywhere along our historic coastline, boaters, from power to sail boats as well as kayakers are taking advantage of the nice weather. Walkers, runners, cyclists and hikers are all taking advantage of the pleasant weather. Let's hope summer lasts a little longer and we make up for the lost time with nice weather that extends into the fall season. Read more...
News from the Essex National Heritage Area is a monthly electronic newsletter for members, non members and site partners of Essex Heritage. Our mission is to raise the visibility of the Essex National Heritage Area and all its historical, cultural and natural resources, and promote our ongoing activities. Articles that are 150 words or less and fit the editorial scope of our newsletter may be submitted to Essex Heritage for publication. We reserve the right to select an article or portion of an article whose content is found appropriate and edit it for publication.