Events to help Haiti:
Saturday, January 23
Alfalfa Farm Winery
Topsfield, MACoffeehouse for Haiti
An evening of live acoustic music, wine and
cheese to raise money and gather supplies for
Partners in Development, an Ipswich nonprofit that builds homes
and businesses in Haiti.
Cost: Cash donation at the door or one of the supplies off
Partners in Development. For more info, click here...
23, 7:30 PM
Blackburn Performing Arts
1 Washington Street
A benefit concert for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. All proceeds and donations will be given to Doctors Without Borders, the
international medical relief organization working furiously to save people on
the island. For more info call (978) 281-0680.
Thursday, January 28
1:30 - 4:00 PM
Northeast Document Conservation Center
100 Brickstone Square
Tour the paper and book conservation labs where many of the nation's most significant cultural heritage materials have been treated, including the Emancipation Proclamation, the journals carried on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Babe Ruth's personal scrapbook, the Massachusetts founding documents, and the letters of Ernest Hemingway, as well as items from family collections such as, diaries, maps, photographs, landscape and architectural plans, and other paper materials.
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Sunday, January 31
Parker River Clean Water Association Annual Meeting
Focus on Vernal Pools
Members and the public are invited to
learn about vernal pools in a presentation by the Cape Ann
Vernal Pool Association. Refreshments will be
served. For more information call 978-462-2551.
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'
Monday, February 1
Salem State College Volunteer Fair
If you are interested in participating in the fair please contact the civic engagement coordinator (978)542-6439 or email.
Save theses dates!
Essex National Heritage Commission is proud to sponsor
awards for MA History Day. The National History Day (NHD) program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June. NHD is a year-long education program that engages students in grades
6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical
topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits,
multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related
to an annual theme. Projects are then evaluated at local, state,
and national competitions.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Heritage Hero Award Dinner
The Tupelo Music Hall
Essex Heritage and the National Park
Service are proud to announce the 2010 Honorees: Nicholas Costello,
Amesbury MA; Maria Miles, Salisbury, MA and Byron Matthews, Newburyport
For more info click here...
Where in 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.
Heritage Partnership Grant Program Online Application Now Available!
Heritage is pleased to announce that it is once again offering 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.
Essex Heritage is accepting on-line proposals now through February 28, 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.
information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including
guidelines, criteria, and application materials, click here.
2010 Photo Safaris Are Scheduled!
With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, capture four unique and stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites! You'll be equipped with all the latest camera gear from Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Tamron, provided by Hunt's Photo & Video, and personally coached by Hunt's technical experts and visiting professional photographers! For more information, to register and to see images from 2009 Photo Safaris click here...
Facade Easement Program
Essex Heritage reached a strategic milestone on December 29,
2009 when it accepted its first historic preservation fašade easement. The
year-end real estate transaction involving two large, former industrial
buildings in Lynn capped an intensive period of research
and focused discussion involving Essex Heritage, the property's owners, City of
state agencies and legal representatives.
A facade easement or
preservation (conservation) restriction is a legally binding agreement between
two or more parties that enables a property owner to ensure that the character
defining features of a historic property are permanently protected while
retaining ownership and use of the property. The act of donating an easement to
a qualified recipient can result in a significant IRS tax benefit for the donor
- often a powerful incentive to consider a donation. Read complete article (pdf)...
5th Merrimack River Eagle Festival!
Essex Heritage is pleased to support the 5th Annual Merrimack River Eagle
Festival as a Festival Friend on Saturday,
February 13, presented
by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center
and The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The Bald Eagles are coming back to Newburyport! In February,
when everything else is cold and asleep for the winter, the Newburyport area
along the river is alive with the spectacular sight of wintering Bald
Eagles flying, fishing, and sitting in the sun - and people want to see
them. At the Eagle Festival, your local bird experts (staff and volunteers
from Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River
National Wildlife Refuge) find the birds, answer the questions, and offer
special FREE events to
eagle fans all day long. For more information on events click here...
|Coastal Trails Coalition The Coastal Trails Coalition (CTC) is a non-profit organization advocating for the Coastal Trails Network, a 30-mile public system of bicycle and pedestrian trails linking the communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. During
the past year with CTC's assistance and with the continuing support of our
Congressman John Tierney, State Senator Steven Baddour and State Representative
Mike Costello, the four local communities have made major progress in
developing the trail network. Accomplishments and noteworthy activities in 2009 are available in the full report here...
Announces 2009 Progress Report
Essex LINCs Grant Program
The Essex LINCs grant program has successfully held four
sets of workshops for Essex County teachers and is beginning a fifth this
January. Educators rave about the attention to detail and the enthusiasm of the
staff of this important grant funded course. Through this program elementary
educators are provided with American history content seminars with Salem State
professors covering the broad topics of "Governing," "Working," and "Populating
New England and the United States." Over 120 teachers have now taken part in 18
districts around Essex County. Those participants range from regular classroom
teachers, to those of special education, ELL, art, music, reading specialists,
and librarians. Read the full article (pdf)...
Lynnfield Historic Commission Members of the Lynnfield
Historic Commission (LHC) have been hard at work cleaning up the Historic Center at 35 South Common, just off the center common. At their open house last fall, members of the LHC showed off their newly organized archives of historic
objects and photographs spanning hundreds of years of Lynnfield's history. Of note in the ever growing
collection was a tea cup from the Pocahontas tavern, a show box of Indian arrow
heads, several antique furniture pieces including a bed, spinning wheels and
foot warming boxes, as well as several vintage photographs including the Dew
Drop Inn at Pillings Pond, Suntaug Lake Inn, the Whittredge House and Gerrys
Cider Mill. While the Historic Center
is in its infancy of realizing its full potential, a glimpse of its exciting
future as a resource to the town's historical significance in the county is
quickly becoming apparent. Read the full article (pdf)...
Unveils Historic Center
Resources for Your Business or Nonprofit
The Enterprise Center at Salem State College is a small business incubator and a virtual center for entrepreneurs throughout Boston's North Shore. They offer programs throughout the year that serve businesses at every stage of development from start-up through growth. They offer more than 80 programs a year --most of them free-- to small business owners and nonprofit managers. Have a look at the current lineup, there is something for everyone! For more information click here...
Editorially EssexAt the end of last year, I had the opportunity to take a flight over
this region in a single engine airplane. This experience is the result
of a long relationship with St John's Prep and Brother Tim Paul CFX.
Over the last six decades I have been connected to that school in many
capacities and for about half of that time, I have had the privilege of
knowing Brother Timothy Paul, CFX who has also served in several
teaching and administrative capacities at the school, and is the
moderator of an Aviation Club at the school. In that role, Brother Tim has gathered about three-dozen students who
have an interest in flying, and through a series of activities both at
the school and at Beverly Airport is developing young men who might
pursue this avocation later in life. Read more...
by Tom Leonard