Thursday, December 17
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Peabody Leather Worker's Museum
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!
December 17th, Noon
Whittier Birthday Celebration
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
Cynthia Costello: 978-388-2552
Fri, December 18, 8:00 PM
A Christmas Carol
for the Arts
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
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'
Interested in Hosting an Explorers Event?
|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.
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.
Partnership Grant Program Restored
information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including
guidelines, criteria, and application materials, will be available in January
2010 at www.essexheritage.org.
2009-2010 Essex Heritage Annual Appeal
Heritage is committed to meeting several ambitious goals this year:
streamlined Partnership Grant Program to fund worthy projects that
preserve and promote the heritage resources of the region.
support and advocacy efforts on behalf of 250+ heritage partners to
develop sustainable regional solutions to shared challenges..
several regional recreational trail and scenic byway projects that will
enhance the quality and unique character of our shared landscape.
in maintaining a vital, energetic organization that promotes regional
coalitions and lends critical support to the Essex Heritage experience.
. 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...
you for supporting Essex Heritage.
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...
Funding 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 NortheastHarvest.com 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 has 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, Glen 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.
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
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
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
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
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
in Next LINCs Seminar!
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 www.essexlincs.org and find an online
application to join fellow educators. Deadline approaching soon! Possibility of
an extension of this popular grant program - stay tuned!
Editorially Essex, Tom LeonardAs 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...