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November 2009 Headline Image
In This Issue
Survey Results
Trails & Sails 2009
Essex Heritage Honors Award Recipients
Essex LINCs
October Cohort
New Commissioners!
NortheastHarvest and the Holidays
Essex Heritage Eating out in Danvers
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Friday, Nov. 6, 6:00-9:00PM
Ipswich Historical Society

Historic Pub Night!
Heard House Museum
54 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA
Co-sponsored by Mercury Brewing; beer tapped from a cask, bratwurst, chili,
hot-dogs and free popcorn!
Live music, $10 admission includes 3 beer tastings and one food item; additional beer and food available for purchase. For more info click here...

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2:00 PM
Observations & Thoughts from Judith Sargent
Murray's Letters
Salem Visitor Center
2 New Liberty Street
Salem, MA
Join Bonnie Hurd Smith for a fascinating sampling of Murray's letters-many of them unpublished-and see American history through the eyes of a new, female eyewitness. FREE! For more information, click here...

Wed., Nov. 11, 7:00 PM
Lynnfield Historical Centre
35 South Common
Lynnfield, MA

November 11-13, 2009

NEMA Annual Conference
Promises to Keep:
Vision & Value in Museums

Nashua, NH
Explore opportunities for strengthening the compact between museums and the public. Program includes networking opportunities, inspiring speakers, informative sessions for museum staff of every size and discipline. Find out more...

Fri., Nov. 13, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

18th & 19th Century Tavern Fare & Bean Supper
Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Waterline Center
66 Main Street, Essex, MA
Join, Joe Carlin, food expert, lecturer. The 18th century witnessed a new "American" independence in food & drink. The American Revolution came to a boil in its tavern culture and influenced food practices of the era. Supper and presentation followed by period desserts by Laurie Lufkin. Limited seating. Reservations suggested. $12 advance, $15 door. For more info click here...

Sun., Nov. 15, 1:00-4:00 PM
Open House Celebration
Women's Friend Society
Emmerton House
12 Hawthorne Boulevard
Salem, MA
Join Woman's Friend Society/Emmerton House in celebrating its appointment to the National Registry of Historic Places. Program includes tours of this historic house and manicured, glorious gardens. An array of delicious refreshments will be served. Brief remarks by Mayor Driscoll, Rep John Keenan, and city leaders begin at 2PM. This is the first time the Emmerton House has been open to the entire community for public viewing! For more info click here...(pdf)
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Nov. 15, 9:30-11:30 AM
North Shore Retreat
Bradley Palmer State Park
24 Asbury Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
Stroll the grounds and experience a distinguished home of an exceptional property with MA DCR & staff from the Willowdale Estate. Barbara Buls, DCR Regional Interpretive Coordinator will lead us on an easy walk of the grounds of the Bradley Palmer State Park, followed by, an intimate tour of Willowdale Estate's unique Arts & Crafts Mansion and its newly improved manicured grounds - a treasured North Shore gem finding prominence once again! Find out MORE...
Please RSVP for this event.
Not an Explorer? Join now!
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Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 PM

The Bone Spoon &
The Battle of Haverhill,1708
R.S. Peabody Museum
175 Main Street
Andover, MA
The Northeast Chapter of the MA Archaeological Society features Mr. Charlie Cockburn as its November speaker. Refreshments are served afterward. FREE! For more info email.                                     
Wed., Nov. 18, 7:00 PM
Schooner Adventure
Lecture Series
Restoring Shellfish
Beds & Salt Marsh at Gloucester's Mill Pond
Cruiseport Gloucester,

6 Rowe Square
Gloucester, MA
Barbara Warren, Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch &
Eric Hutchins, NOAA Restoration Coordinator discuss Gloucester's Mill Pond, a salt marsh situated inland from the Annisquam River estuary identified for possible restoration in 2003. Today, via untiring partnership efforts its water quality has been restored to the natural salinity levels allowing shellfish beds to thrive and improve the habitat. For more info call 978-281-8079 or email.

Thurs., Nov.19,5:00-7:00PM
Peabody Leatherworkers Museum Open House
205 Washington Street, Peabody, MA
Join us for our first Open House for former tanners and finishers, as those in the industry walk down memory lane. Bring friends and family to share stories and memories! All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. FREE! For more info click here...

November 21-December 5
Methuen Festival of Trees
View the 200+ trees donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and school groups from Methuen and several Merrimack Valley communities. An annual event, begun to fund the restoration of the Tenney Gatehouse. The proceeds from the Festival provide funding to preserve our heritage and the monuments that make Methuen so unique. For more info click here...

December 4th-6th, 2009
Salem Holiday House Tour
Historic Salem, Inc.'s
Christmas in Salem, one of the nation's oldest, largest and most historic house tours returns to kick off the holiday season in Salem, MA. Twelve 18th & 19th century homes, plus historic "legacy sites" that honor the tour's 30th anniversary, are just the beginning. For more info click here...

Quick Links
2009-2010 Annual Appeal
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With Halloween come and gone, we now approach the season of thanksgiving. 2009 has given us many opportunities to reach out across the region to increase collaborative efforts and deepen relationships that sustain the Essex National Heritage Area. For this, we are profoundly grateful. It is your appreciation of the region that makes all the difference.

Support the living landscape of natural, cultural and historic treasures that define the Essex National Heritage Area. Your financial support will help us meet several goals this year:
  • Reinstate a streamlined Partnership Grant Program
  • Expand support and advocacy on behalf of 250+ heritage partners
  • Advance regional recreational trail and scenic byway projects
Donate today to maintain a vital, energetic organization that promotes regional coalitions and lends critical support to the Essex Heritage experience.
Survey Results - Trails & Sails 2009
Valley View Farm, Topsfield, MAOver 4,000 visitors attended Trails & Sails events at over 100 sites during the last two weeks of September! Thank you to the hundreds who provided on-line survey feedback. Your constructive suggestions will help shape next year's program.

For the first time ever, based on the on-line survey feedback, Essex Heritage is happy to announce the winners of the Trails & Sails "People's Choice Awards." Congratulations to the winners!:
  • 1st Prize: The Art of Cheese Making, Valley View Farm, Mulholland Family
  • 2nd Prize: Sophia Hawthorne's Salem, National Park Service Historian Emily Murphy
Honorable Mention:
  • Salem Marine Society Headquarters Tour, Hawthorne Hotel
  • Guide Favorites at Beauport, Historic New England
  • Coolest Guys Around, Cape Pond Ice
  • Talking Walls of Gloucester, City of Gloucester Murals
  • Spirit of '76 Walking Tour, Marblehead Historical Society
  • Yankee Whale Watch, Yankee Fleet
  • Schooner Sail, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
  • Kayaking on the Essex River, ERBA
  • Cruising the Essex River, Essex River Cruises
  • Essex County Mushroom Hunt with Tim Clark
Essex Heritage Honors Award Recipients
Peter Bryant accepting a PIP award on behalf of Alison Kelley Essex Heritage Pioneers in Partnership (PIP) Awards are presented annually to individuals and/or organizations that have shown leadership in promoting regional cooperation among the Area's resources and organizations. Nominees exemplify the spirit of partnership, helping the Area work together to preserve, promote, and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the region. This fall PIP awards were presented to:
  • Alison Kelley, collector and founder of the Amesbury Hat Museum
  • Nathaniel Pulsifer, Ipswich Historical Society
  • William Nelson, Ipswich Visitor Center
  • Joseph Geller, Topsfield Rail Trail Committee, Open Space Committee, Recreation Committee and Planning Board
Read more about recipients and their achievements here...(pdf)
Essex LINCs October Cohort
Teachers participating in Essex LINCs at NARAOn a beautiful October day, our new cohort met at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Waltham to discuss how local history can motivate and inform student learning. NARA is a great place to explore the notion of local documents as a reflection of national trends. Teachers took part in a tour and were able to "go behind the scenes" to see spaces usually reserved for researchers. In the afternoon teachers were able to "try out" three lessons created by our museum educator, Rebecca Zimmerman. At present we are accepting applications for our last cohort. For more information click here...

"I really love the matching eagle idea and want to find something relevant to use in my class. I'm going to research a visual that appears in our hometown and use primary sources for this..." ~Teacher, about the Essex LINCs experience
Welcome New Commissioners!
On October 20, 2009 Essex Heritage appointed a new slate of officers and commissioners at our annual meeting. For a complete list click here.  Elected Officers include:
  • President: Kevin Tierney, Saugusbank
  • Vice Presidents: David Hildt, Adelente Youth Center & Richard Yagjian, Hunt's Photo & Video
  • Assistant Clerk: E. Stanley Dodge, Beverly Cooperative Bank
  • Trustee at Large: Paul McGinley, McGinley Kalsow & Assoc.
  • Immediate Past President: Nancy Huntington Stager, Eastern Bank
Incoming Trustees:
  • Sumner Jones, Eastern Bank
  • David Read, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
New commissioners appointed for a three-year term:
  • Sheila Fields, Beverly Chamber of Commerce
  • Susan Goganian, Beverly Historical Society
  • John Good, Beverly National Bank
  • Glenn Mairo, Essex Harmony
  • Caleb Powers, Action Business Coaching
  • Diane Seely, TD Bank
  • Cathleen Wardley, Boston Marriott Peabody
  • Joanne Scott, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
  • Darryl Smith, Accountant
Incoming Trustees Emeriti:
  • Wayne M. Burton, North Shore Community College
  • Laurence C. Harrington, Bank of America       
  • Richard St. Pierre, Educator & Librarian
NortheastHarvest and the Holidays
NortheastHarvest logo and linkThe Holidays are upon us! is your resource for buy-local holiday needs. Fresh and tasty local turkeys and other meats, veggies and pies can adorn your holiday table, while also helping to sustain local farming and the local economy! Locate farm, farm-stand and farmers market information through the NortheastHarvest Farm map. Sign up for the monthly newsletter which features local products, information and recipes monthly. November's edition will feature local Christmas Tree Farms.
Essex Heritage Dining out in Danvers 
New Brothers Restaurant and Deli, DanversOn Friday, November 13, our very own Tom Leonard will be the celebrity-guest server at New Brothers Restaurant in Danvers! While representing the Essex National Heritage Commission, Tom will stand by hardworking owner/chef Kary Andrinopoulos at his popular lunch counter from 12:00-1:30 helping him meet and greet his many guests. Tom looks forward to greeting YOU and answering any questions you may have about how and why we "preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County". Come hungry!
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex, Tom Leonard
The Essex National Heritage Commission conducted its Annual Meeting for October 2009 at the Community House in Hamilton. We are indebted to the Board of the Community House for providing their wonderful facility that we had access to for this regional event. The Hamilton Community House is a classic example of the wonderful spaces that we have been blessed to have met in over the last dozen years. Read more...
Read About the Region
ENHC Commissioner, John Goff's new book Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity has just been published by The History Press, based in Salem, MA as well as Charleston, SC. This heavily illustrated 128 page paperback provides a new look at over 400 years of Salem's development as seen from the perspective of one of Salem's oldest landmarks. The book looks at Salem's evolution from Native American Naumkeag to colonial and Early American seaport, as a backdrop to better understanding the Witch House as a Colonial and Colonial Revival style treasure. The book retails for $19.99 and is being sold at Cornerstone Books and at Bewitched in Salem. Congratulations John!
Where in Essex County?Where 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...(click on image to see larger version)
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