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In This Issue
Partnership Grant Program Restored
Essex Heritage Annual Appeal
Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
Funding for Northeast Harvest
Cullen Joins the ENHC Board of Trustees
Photo Contest Winners
The Great Outdoors New Blog Site
New DCR Historic Landscape Preservation Bulletin
Shoemaking in Essex County
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard

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Thursday, December 17
5:00 - 7:00 PM
The Peabody Leather Worker's Museum
205 Washington St.
Peabody, MA 01960
Let us take you back in time! Join us for a captivating evening...the Explorers Program, in collaboration with the Peabody Leatherworker's Museum presents award winning storyteller Andrea Lovett. Andrea Lovett presents an original fictional story, tailored to describe the holiday season around the turn of the century that will illuminate the life of Peabody leatherworkers and their families during this poignant era of Peabody's history! Following the story, you are invited to come along for a special introduction of the new museum and its self-guided tour with the museum's curator Merritt Kirkpatrick with a chance to meet and chat with Andrea personally! Light refreshments will be served. Find out more...
Please RSVP for this event.
Not an Explorer? Join now!
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December 17th, Noon
Whittier Birthday Celebration & Luncheon
Ristorante Molise
Market Sq. Amesbury
Luncheon includes hors d'oeuvres, soup/salad, entree, beverage and dessert. Raffle drawing, Whittier Trivia & Poetry and Carol Sing! Please bring non-perishable food and a new toy donation for our giving basket to our Neighbor's Table. Cost: $25
Reservations call Cynthia Costello: 978-388-2552

Fri, December 18, 8:00 PM
A Christmas Carol
Firehouse Center
for the Arts
Market Square
Newburyport, MA
Join Theater in the Open as we come inside for one of our favorite holiday productions, A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens' classic story follows cranky Ebenezer Scrooge through his past, present and future as he learns the true meaning of Christmas. All of your favorite characters will be there -- the ghost of Jacob Marley, Turkey Boy, dear old Fezziwig and, of course, Tiny Tim! With plenty of music and spectacle, this production is sure to banish any "bah humbugs" that might try to sneak in. Find out more...

Sun., December 20, 2:00 PM
Alfalfa Farm Winery
267 Rowley Bridge Road
Topsfield, MA
Visit us on Sunday, from 2-4 PM for some Holiday Cheer! We will have FREE Wine and Cheese Tastings and Live Music. Wear your WORST Holiday Sweater and you could win a bottle of Estate Wine. Find out more...

Tues., January, 12, 6 - 9 PM
The Salem Athenĉum Cocktail Reception
Sixty2 on Wharf,
Pickering Wharf, Salem
Join the Salem Athenaeum as it kicks off its Bicentennial Year! Enjoy hors d' oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 per person. RSVP to Jonathan Brackman, Sixty2 on Wharf, 978-744-0062.

January 19, 7:00 PM
Robert S. Peabody Museum 180 Main St., Andover
The Northeast Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society will host a presentation entitled "Clues from Alaska: Human Migration into the Americas", by Eric Metzger, contract archaeologist for John Milner Associates.
Metzger will discuss early human migration into the Americas, including the oldest human remains found in Alaska or Canada.
Free to the public. Find out more, email...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Scholar In Residence Application Deadline
Mass Humanities' Mass History News Scholar in Residence Application Announcement The 2010 application deadline for the Scholar in Residence (SIR) is fast approaching!  Applications for SIR grants will only be accepted at the February 1, 2010 deadline. You must contact the Local History Coordinator at least one month prior to the February 1st deadline to be eligible for the grant. For complete SIR guidelines and application, please visit the Mass Humanities' website.

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Interested in Hosting an Explorers Event?
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Are you or your organization interested in hosting an Explorers event? Hosting an Explorers event is a great way to expose your organization, event or special resource to a new audience. Explorers events are also a great way to promote or refine an event before Trails & Sails weekends. The Heritage Explorers Program engages participants in meaningful experiences throughout the Essex National Heritage Area to encourage personal connections and stewardship of your resource. Please contact Elizabeth to talk about details. To learn about events we have planned with other organizations, visit the Essex Heritage Explorers website.
Where in Essex County?
Congratulations to Frank C. and Mary G. who were the first to email  the correct answers to 'Where in Essex County?' for October (Stone wall at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport Stone Wall) and November (Derby House at Glenn Magna in Danvers)! Stay tuned, we will have more 'Where in Essex County?' next year.

Essex Heritage
Partnership Grant Program Restored 
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce that it will once again offer matching seed grants to Essex County organizations through its popular Partnership Grant Program. Suspended in 2009 due to budget constraints, the organization is fulfilling a strategic priority by providing financial assistance to those who steward the region's nationally significant heritage. In January 2010, Essex Heritage will begin accepting on-line proposals from municipalities and qualified nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that support Essex Heritage's mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.
More information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including guidelines, criteria, and application materials, will be available in January 2010 at
2009-2010 Essex Heritage Annual Appeal
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Essex Heritage is committed to meeting several ambitious goals this year:
  • Launch a streamlined Partnership Grant Program to fund worthy projects that preserve and promote the heritage resources of the region.
  • Expand support and advocacy efforts on behalf of 250+ heritage partners to develop sustainable regional solutions to shared challenges..
  • Advance several regional recreational trail and scenic byway projects that will enhance the quality and unique character of our shared landscape.
Help in maintaining a vital, energetic organization that promotes regional coalitions and lends critical support to the Essex Heritage experience.

Donate online. Your support ensures the tradition of regional leadership and program excellence that is the hallmark of the Essex National Heritage Commission will continue for years to come...
Thank you for supporting Essex Heritage.
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Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner, May 20, 2010
Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are pleased to reveal the names of the 2010 Heritage Hero Award recipients! Mark your calendars to join us on Thursday evening , May 20th at the Tupelo Music Hall, Salisbury Beach when honors and accolades are bestowed on Nicholas Costello of Amesbury, Maria Miles of Salisbury and Byron Matthews of Newburyport. Their individual and collective contributions to heritage development and heritage tourism have transformed the northern most corner of Essex County. Proceeds from the May 20th event (ticket sales/sponsorship) help sustain the many programs of the Essex National Heritage Commission which support heritage non-profit organizations and municipalities in Essex County. Read more...
Massachusetts Society for the Presrvation of AgricultureFunding for Northeast Harvest Buy Local Program!
Essex Heritage and the Essex Agricultural Society received a $10,000 grant from The Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture for the purpose of further sustaining local agriculture and buy-local efforts through and e-newsletter.  The Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, founded in 1791 as the nation was rebuilding its economy after the revolution, provides grants (and, on occasion, loans and investment funding) to enterprises that promote agriculture in Massachusetts. We are very grateful to the Trustees of the MSPA for supporting the locally-grown activities in Essex and Middlesex Counties.  As was said early in the history of the Society "the Trustees know the toil it takes to feed our population, and they offer support to any who will make the job easier." Learn more about the Society...
Cullen Joins the ENHC Board of Trustees
 The Essex Heritage Board of Trustees recently elected Charles R. Cullen, President  & CEO of The Provident Bank to serve a three year term. Charlie has been an active ENHC Commissioner since October 2005, and the Provident Bank New ENHC Board member, Charlie Cullenhas been an enthusiastic supporter of several ENHC initiatives in the Amesbury and Greater Newburyport area, including the Friendship Sails! excursion in 2006.  Charlie has accepted the invitation to be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner in Salisbury, MA on May 20th.  Read more about Charlie (pdf)...
Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Salem Maritime, The Crane Estate, GlenHunt's, Photo & Video Magna, Halibut Point State Park . . . photographers searched out the best and most beautiful locations for their award-winning submissions for the 2009 Essex Heritage Photo Contest. 

Grand Prize Winner!Prizes for the Essex Heritage Photo Contest were generously contributed by Hunt's Photo & Video and the National Park Service. The 13 contest winners will be exhibited at the National Park Service Salem Regional Visitor Center for one year! All photographs were taken in the Essex National Heritage Area and represent one of four categories: "On a Photo Safari," "National Historic Landmarks," "My Space," or "General Images of Essex National Heritage Area." See all the winners, here!
The Great Outdoors New Blog Site
Commonwealth Conversations Wondering where to roast marshmallows over the crackle of a campfire, feel the spray of the ocean or sink your teeth into a crisp Massachusetts-grown apple after a hay ride? The Great Outdoors blog will tell you about outdoor activities, wildlife, and local farms, as well as offer suggestions for places to explore, hike, fish, hunt, or go boating around the state. Launched recently by the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), the new blog is dedicated to engaging and informing Massachusetts residents and visitors about the Commonwealth's outdoor activities and events, wildlife, state parks, and local agriculture. Posts from staff representing the Departments of Agricultural Resources, Conservation and Recreation, and Fish and Game; experts in Mass-grown foods, wildlife biology, wetlands restoration, and outdoor sports and activities. Plan a trip, find recipes for cooking locally grown produce, the three steepest hikes in MA, field reports from shark biologists, when to volunteer to count bald eagles, where to tour local wineries, and the best stocked fishing holes!  Find out more, here...
New DCR Historic Landscape Preservation Bulletin Now Available Terra Firma
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is pleased to announce the publication of Terra Firma #8 - Rooted in History: Preserving Historic Farms. Working with Commissioner Scott Soares of the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, DCR developed the bulletin to broaden public understanding of farms as historic landscapes and to build a bridge between agricultural protection programs and historic preservation tools. The Paper copies are available upon request by calling 617-626-1389 or emailing. Complimentary copies have been sent to the Commonwealth's legislators, historical commissions, agricultural commissions and planning boards.
Shoemaking in Essex County Highlighted
in Next LINCs Seminar!
Teachers in Lynn On Thursday, December 17th, the Essex LINCs grant will hold a workshop at the Haverhill Historical Society. A discussion of early industrialization of manufactures will take place with Salem State staff. A guest "cordwainer" Dennis Picard of  Storrowtown Village will demonstrate hand production of leather shoes as it was done in the 19th century in communities throughout Essex County. Teachers will then try out a lesson using local primary sources and be able to brainstorm their own activities to bring history alive within their own school settings.

Educators - this could be your last chance to join our exciting workshop opportunity! A new spring cohort is being formed for the Connecting Essex LINCs grant. Learn about local history, get classroom ready lessons and the materials that accompany them and get paid to attend! Check us out at and find an online application to join fellow educators. Deadline approaching soon! Possibility of an extension of this popular grant program - stay tuned!
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex, Tom Leonard
As we approach the end of another year, all of the staff of the Essex Heritage wants to offer our best wishes for a pleasant holiday season to all of the partners and residents of the region that we serve. We are grateful to the Community Newspaper group for their wonderful support in 2009, and will continue to provide updates on the work of Essex Heritage in the New Year. Today, we want to provide an update on a regional program that provides support for many projects in numerous communities that helps Essex Heritage as we work with the region to advance our mission. We also want to close with an update on the progress of a regional school project to be located in Danvers that Essex Heritage has supported since it was first identified as important to the region.
Community Preservation Act Bill Gains Legislative Support
Communities in this region that have adopted the Community Preservation Act have been the beneficiary of matching funds from the Commonwealth that have allowed many worthwhile regional projects to be completed. The preservation of many buildings of historical significance along with the acquisition and protection of many critical parcels of land in the region has been achieved with this funding. Read more...
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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.