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Trails & Sails 2009!
October 20
Photo Contest Deadline!
Essex Heritage
Annual Fall Meeting
Partnership Grants
Program Update
2nd Century Commission
First Bloom Program
Essex LINCs
Starts a New Cohort
Lawrence History Center
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Essex Heritage Staff Update
Where in Essex County?
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October is...
MA Archaeology Month!
For special events celebrating archaeology in Essex County and across the state. See what is happening in Essex County  click here...
National Archives Month! Check out some ideas for promoting the value of your cultural resources and the work that you do at the Society of American Archivists' site.

October 2-12
Topsfield Fair

207 Boston St, Topsfield
Owned and operated by the Essex Agricultural Society, a non-profit organization, the society is dedicated to encourage, promote and preserve Essex County agricultural activities and to educate the general public regarding their importance. Topsfield Fair is been held annually at its existing location since 1910. Find out more...

Cape Ann Ice Age Trail
Saturday, October 10, 2 PM
Halibut Point State Park, Rockport. More info here...
Sunday, October 11, 2 PM
Ravenswood Park, Gloucester. More info here...
Special 2-day FREE event!

Sun. & Mon., Oct. 11 & 12
10:00AM - 5:00PM
Fall Harvest Festival
A Newburyport tradition,  festival features talented artisans, handmade crafts, art, great local food, live music, and family fun! Find out more...

Thursday, Oct. 15, 6-8 PM
Jeremiah Lee Mansion Centennial Celebration
"Saving the Lee Mansion: 100 Years of Stewardship."
Opening reception. The exhibit looks back at individuals' efforts to preserve this treasure and National Landmark using digital technology, video, animation, large-format scanning and computer-aided-design.

Smolak Farm
315 South Bradford Street
North Andover
Oct .10: Artisans & crafts.
Oct. 17 & 18: Great Pumpkin Festival plus Trick or Treat Hay Rides and Pumpkin Carving Demo
Oct. 24 & 25:  Halloween!
Trick or Treat Hay Rides, Costume Parade, Halloween Puppet Show. Find out more...

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7PM
Schooner Adventure
Ants: Pests,
or Paragons?

Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Square, Gloucester
FREE Lecture Series... presentation by Aaron M. Ellison, Ph.D. Senior Ecologist & Senior Research Fellow Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA. Ants are among the most successful insects, learn more...Find out more call 978-281-8079 or email
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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. 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,
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Experiences like this make Trails & Sails
last all year long!

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Sat. Oct. 17, 6:30-11PM
A Whole Lot of Sole
Buttonwoods Museum
240 Water Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Cocktail Party, celebrate art, history and community.  Casual evening will "shoecase" the fourteen life size whimsical and vividly painted Soles of Haverhill fiberglass shoes as they come together one last time before they take their final steps to the Bradford Country Club for the gala auction on Saturday. Find out more...

October 17 & 18,  1-5 PM.
Alfalfa Farm Winery
Harvest Festival
Wine and cheese tasting, live music, tours of the vineyard and production room. Patio performances. Find out more...

Tues., Oct. 20 9-10:30 AM
Boston Private
Bank & Trust Company
Practical Advise on Fundraising & Development
Community Conference Room, Suite 221-E, "100 Building" Cummings Center
Beverly. FREE Seminar for more information see pdf to RSVP call 617- 912-3919 or email

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 PM
What Mean These Bones
R.S. Peabody Museum
Andover, MA
The Northeast Chapter of the MA Archaeological Society features Dr. Ann Marie Mires as its October speaker. For more information contact Jules Gordon 978-685-1202.

Saturday, Oct. 24 
Open House 10-3
Tombstones and Trowels
Buttonwoods Museum at Haverhill Historical Society
240 Water Street
HAverhill, MA
Discover Archaeology at the Haverhill Historical Society. Drop in and try your hand at a mock dig and cleaning archaeological artifacts. Family event $5/family. For more information click here...

Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30PM 

Buttonwoods Museum
Featuring new exhibits,
and Queen Slipper City and Solely our Heritage
A must-visit for tourists looking for a hip, historic, authentic and entertaining experience. Hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary glass of champagne! Tickets $25. For information call or visit The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce (978) 373-5663.

Sunday, October 25, 11AM The Second Annual
Cider Mash 5K Orchard Run  Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue
Amesbury, MA
A true cross country course carved from the bogs and steep hills of Cider Hill Farm, with music, awards and refreshments to follow. For more information click here...

November 11-13, 2009
NEMA Annual Conference
Promises to Keep: Vision & Value in Museums
Nashua, New Hampshire
Explore opportunities for strengthening the compact between museums and the public. Program will include networking opportunities, inspiring speakers and informative sessions for  museum staff of every size and discipline. Find out more...

Trails & Sails logoTrails & Sails, Thank you!
The expansion of Trails & Sails 2009 to include two weekends full of opportunity allowed thousands of residents and visitors to connect to the special heritage resources of Essex County. Please help us continue to refine this popular program by offering your feedback via a brief on-line survey and help recognize the event that captured the essence of the Essex National Heritage Area. View and post your Trails & Sails photos on the Essex Heritage facebook page.

Essex Heritage is very grateful to the organizations and businesses that offered over 100 FREE and interesting events over six days. Their generosity makes Trails and Sails an annual success. We are also thankful to several volunteers who assisted event hosts at busy locations and we are especially grateful to TD Bank, Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and the Salem Waterfront Hotel for their sponsorship support. 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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October 16 is the Photo Contest Deadline!
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. 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...
The Community House of Hamilton and WenhamEssex Heritage Annual Fall Meeting, October 20
Please join us at our annual fall  meeting and networking event on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 from 8:00-10:00 AM, at The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham, in South Hamilton. The agenda will include presentation of the Essex National Heritage Area Pioneers in Partnership awards, the President's Report, a review of Essex Heritage activities and new initiatives, and introduction of new Commissioners and Trustees. The public is welcome to attend. This event provides a unique opportunity for Essex Heritage trustees, commissioners, members, supporters and partners to network with the public on a wide range of ongoing initiatives in the Essex National Heritage Area. For more information and to RSVP, please call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 or click here...
2008 Partnership Grants CompletedRebecca Nurse Home window restoration
On June 10, 2008, Essex Heritage announced the recipients of the 2008 Partnership Grant awards. Over the past year municipalities and nonprofit organizations have been working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive, preservation and archival projects. Essex Heritage congratulates the 2008 Partnership Grant recipients for completing their respective projects. To see the list of completed projects download pdf.

The Essex National Heritage Commission's Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to foster collaboration between organizations that share the Commission's mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.
2nd Century Commission Report Findings
ENHA Logo Essex Heritage, in its tradition of celebrating our region's unique cultural heritage, announced the release of the report of the National Parks Second Century Commission: "Advancing The National Park Idea". The findings urge specific actions by the President, Congress and National Park Service (NPS) to celebrate the strengths and address the challenges facing the NPS in advance of its 2016 Centennial. Among the recommendations, The Second Century Commission's report favored the inclusion of the National Heritage Area model as part of long-range strategy, with secure base funding, to advance the NPS mission of education, heritage preservation and resource stewardship in the next century. For the full report please visit the National Parks Conservation Association website. Read more... 
America's Best Idea First Bloom at Saugus Iron WorksFirst Bloom, Sponsored by National Park Foundation
Essex Heritage, is pleased to announce that in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem (BGCGS), we have received a $20,000 grant from the National Park Foundation to fund the popular First Bloom Program at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. This year's grant reinforces similar funding received in 2008 for a First Bloom Program at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

First Bloom is a national conservation education program that reaches out to urban youth in their communities to teach them the science of native plants, encouraging them to protect the environment in America's celebrated national parks and in their own backyards. "The grant will allow National Park Rangers and educators to connect children, grades 4-6 to the natural world", said Patricia S. Trap, Superintendent of the NPS sites in Salem and Saugus.
Scenic Byway Planning Advances Historic Whipple House in Ipswich, Along the Essex heritage scenic byway
Great progress is being made gathering local input on the strategic direction of the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway. Throughout September, meetings were held with representatives from the 13 communities that host the 64-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport. When discussing desirable outcomes, much was said about preserving the scenic, historic, and natural resources that define the very character of the byway corridor. Uniform signage and a heritage tourism marketing strategy for the byway were also highly recommended.        

Essex Heritage is partnering the byway communities and regional stakeholders to create a master plan for preserving and promoting the byway's intrinsic qualities. Additional public meetings will be held prior to the report's completion in late 2010.     

Topsfield Trail Opening Event, Oct. 17
Topsfield Linear Common Logo Following years of advocacy and planning, the opening of the Topsfield Linear Common will be celebrated on October 17 starting at 1:00pm at the Topsfield Town Library. All are welcome.
Phase I of the TLC is a .3 mile soft surface, multi-use trail linking the village center with a school, recreational facilities, and local businesses. The trail was funded, in part, with an Essex Heritage Partnership Grant. Planning and permitting is underway for the next phase, which will take users to Rt. 1 across from the Topsfield Fair. Ultimately the 3.5 mile TLC will connect with the adjoining communities of Wenham and Boxford as part of the 28-mile Border to Boston Trail. Essex Heritage provides leadership and support to the regional coalition developing the B2B. For an invitation click here (pdf)...
Essex LINCs Starts a New Cohort
Teachers churning butterThis October, a 4th group of elementary educators will join together to further their knowledge of American history with an Essex County flavor! Now in our 3rd and final year, the Essex LINCs program will hold workshops in Haverhill, Marblehead and Beverly, as well as at the National Archives in Waltham, MA. Topics include; Governing, Working and Populating Essex County and allow teachers to become familiar with local resources which have been digitized by our museum educator, Rebecca Zimmerman. This session we have participants from 10 districts, adding in teachers from Lawrence and Groveland. We are excited to have them aboard! Only 1 more cohort remains...for more info contact Rebecca Zimmerman.
Lawrence History Center Naturalization CeremonyA World Class Day at the
Lawrence History Center!
by Barbara Brown, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center
On September 15, 2009 the United States Immigration and Naturalization Services, Lawrence Field Office (USCIS) held a Naturalization Ceremony at the Lawrence History Center. Fifteen new American citizens took the Oath of Citizenship, presided over by US District Court Judge, Honorable Judge Nancy Gertner. Vocalist, John Castillo, sang "God Bless America" and the Lawrence High School Girls' Ensemble sang the National Anthem. Read more...
Tom Leonard, President Emeritus, Essex National Heritage CommissionNational Park Service and Regional Planning Seminar
It is always such a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to "speak" about the work of Essex Heritage in this region. We are truly indebted to the Community Newspapers for allowing us this chance to deliver a monthly message to the residents of the region Essex Heritage continues to build partnerships across this region and the association with this newspaper group is one of our best relationships. 
Staff photoEssex Heritage Staff Update
Essex Heritage extends a BIG thank you to Sheilagh Doerfler for all she has done for Essex Heritage and Using ESSEX History over the last four years. We wish her the best of luck as she embarks on new adventures with Essex County Greenbelt Association! We miss you!
Essex Heritage is fortunate and pleased to have the continued support of Carolyn Walfield and welcomes fall intern Rachel Lovett, from Endicott College. Thank you to our wonderful spring and summer interns. Each became indispensable on a number of projects from Explorers to Trails & Sails. THANK YOU, Ashley Maggio, Felicite Bertin, and Amy Chmielewski!
Where in Essex County pictureWhere in Essex County?
Where in Essex County was this picture taken? Be the first to let us know and win a mug! Email us with your answer...
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.