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.
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!
Mon., Oct. 11 & 12
10:00AM - 5:00PM
Fall Harvest Festival
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.
315 South Bradford Street
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
Pets, or Paragons?
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
An Essex Country Place
October 14, 3:30-5 PM
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!
Not an Explorer? Join now!
Experiences like this make Trails & Sails
last all year long!
Sat. Oct. 17, 6:30-11PM
A Whole Lot of Sole
240 Water Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
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
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
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
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
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
new exhibits, and Queen Slipper City and Solely our
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
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, 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.
October 16 is the Photo Contest Deadline!
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...
Essex 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
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 Completed
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
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...
First Bloom, Sponsored by National Park FoundationEssex
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
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
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
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 CohortThis 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.
A World Class Day at the by Barbara Brown, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center
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...
National 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.
|Essex Heritage Staff UpdateEssex 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!
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