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In This Issue
Partnership Grant Program Restored
2010 Photo Safaris Are Scheduled!
Facade Easement Program
5th Merrimack River Eagle Festival!
Coastal Trails Coalition 2009 Progress Report
Lynnfield Historic Commission Unveils Historic Center
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
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Events to help Haiti:
Saturday, January 23
7:00-10:00 PM

Alfalfa Farm Winery

Topsfield, MA
Coffeehouse 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...

Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30 PM
Blackburn Performing Arts
1 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA
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.

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Thursday, January 28
1:30 - 4:00 PM
Northeast Document Conservation Center
100 Brickstone Square

Andover, MA 01810
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.
Find out more...
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Sunday, January 31
1:00-3:00 PM
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' website.

Monday, February 1
11:00-12:30 PM
Salem State College Volunteer Fair
North Campus
Dining Commons
If you are interested in participating in the fair please contact the civic engagement coordinator (978)542-6439 or email.

Save theses dates!
April 10, 2010
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
Salisbury, MA
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 MA.
For more info click here...
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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.
Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program Online Application Now Available!
Rebecca Nurse Homestead window replacementEssex 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.
For more information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including guidelines, criteria, and application materials, click here.

2010 Photo Safaris Are Scheduled!
Hunt's Photo & Video logo and linkWith 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...

Image from 2009 Photo Safari onboard Friendship of SalemOn a 2009 Photo Safari at the Crane Estate, IpswichImage from 2008 Photo Safari in Marblehead

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 Lynn officials, 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!
Merrimack River Eagle Festival logo and linkEssex 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 logo and linkCoastal Trails Coalition
Announces 2009 Progress Report
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...
Essex LINCs Grant Program
Beverly Teachers at LINCs seminar 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 Lynnfield Historical Commission's new quarters on the Common
Unveils Historic Center  
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)...
Resources for Your Business or Nonprofit
Salem State College & Enterprise Center Logo and Link 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...
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
At 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...
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