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February 2010 Headline Image
In This Issue
Quick Survey
Partnership Grants Deadline Reminder!
Trails & Sails 2010!
Legislative & Municipal Leader Breakfast A Success!
Thank you Honorary Committee Members
2010 Photo Contest Guidelines Announced
Northeast Document Conservation Center
ECGA Land Acquisition
Read About the Region
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Where in Essex County
Heritage Happenings Sidebar Heading
Saturdays, 3:00 PM
January 16 - February 27
Winter Weekends at the
Phillips House
34 Chestnut St., Salem
Family friendly program features excerpts from the Phillips family home movie collection showing the family enjoying a plethora of winter activities around New England. Followed by a first floor house tour. For more information and tickets click here.
Saturday, February 13
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Merrimack Eagle Festival

Presented by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Local bird experts  find the birds, answer your questions, and offer special FREE events to eagle fans all day long. For a schedule and more info on events click here.

Tuesday, February 16
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Essex Shipbuilding Museum 66 Main St., Essex
Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Wellspring Cape Ann Families invite you to the Museum to learn about our maritime history and make our own toy Chebacco Boat! First 40 families will receive a FREE copy of the local book Schooner. RSVP required 978-281-7856.

Tues., February 16, 7:30 PM
The Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum 
66 Main St., Essex
Dr. Emily Murphy presents on the merchants and mariners who risked their livelihoods and lives to take the battle to the British on the high seas during the American Revolution.  Explore the world of the privateersmen and navy sailors who supplied one of Essex County's major contributions to the revolutionary war effort. RSVP 978-768-7541 to reserve seats. For more info and ticket pricing click here.

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Thursday, February 18
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lynn Museum &
Historical Society
590 Washington Street
Lynn, MA 01901
Join Lynn Museum & Historical Society's President, Steven Babbitt, for a special behind-the-scenes guided tour of those fascinating spaces, usually off limits to Museum visitors! Find paintings, objects, textiles and an entire archive of Lynn history waiting to be discovered, while hearing anecdotes about the Museum and the city's history. Our knowledgeable host will share rarely seen items and discuss the future of collection. Find out more...
Please RSVP for this event.
Not an Explorer? Join now!

Sunday, February 28
Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center "Simply Keep it Local" Summer Program
Early-Bird Deadline!
Kids create adventures and discover wildlife at Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center's beautiful farm and reservation in Ipswich. Challenge yourself to learn to survive on this piece of land, discovering how much food you can find or grow right here. Includes field trips and more. For a flyer (pdf), click here.
Wed., March 10, 6:00 PM
Andover Village Improvement Society(AVIS)
Andover Country Club
60 Canterbury St., Andover
Join AVIS for their Annual Meeting, as they present Sonja Christensen, Deer/Moose Project Leader, MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. Ms. Christensen will speak about White Tail Deer populations in MA and deer management. Guests arriving after dinner are welcome to enjoy the speaker free. Please RSVP to John Hess (978) 470-0806.

Thursday, March 25
4th Annual Digital Library Conference and Vendor Fair
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01610
The conference highlights important issues and practical skills in implementing and nourishing a digital collection. This year's highly anticipated keynote speakers are Roy Tennant of OCLC and Tom Clareson of LYRASIS. The conference is designed for all cultural institutions that have an interest in digital libraries, including historical societies and commissions, museums, archives, research institutions, schools, and libraries of all types. For more info click here.
Saturday, March 27
8:30 AM- 3:00 PM
Essex County Institute
for Trustees
Pingree School
537 Highland Street
South Hamilton
Presented by the Essex County Community Foundation, topics covered will include: A Trustee's Job in 2010; Legal and Fiduciary Issues for Trustees; Fundraising and the Board as well as luncheon roundtables and breakout Sessions. This Institute is restricted to Trustees of nonprofit organizations. Full Boards are welcome. Executive Directors may attend if accompanied by at least one Trustee. For more info click here.
Thursday, April 29
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Salem State College
Enterprise Center
Volunteer Management: Getting the most out of your volunteers. Volunteers are essential to every non-profit. The recruitment, management and retention of volunteers are challenging tasks. Learn to identify and motivate key volunteers while managing the challenges of a 'volunteer work force.' Speakers: Bethany Kendall and Lisa Cawley, ESC of New England. FREE register.

Save the date:
Thursday, May 20, 6:00 PM
Essex Heritage Hero Award
Tupelo Music Hall, Salisbury
Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are proud to announce the 2010 Honorees: Nicholas Costello, Amesbury; Maria Miles, Salisbury; and Byron Matthews, Newburyport.
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Partnership Grants Deadline Reminder!
Sample partnership grant project photo: Wenham MuseumEssex Heritage is currently accepting on-line proposals from municipalities and qualified nonprofit organizations for the 2010 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program.  The Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of organizations that share the Commission's mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.  Essex Heritage will award $2,500 grants to ten (10) qualified applicants who apply for funding in one of three categories: Education, Interpretation, and Preservation.  Essex Heritage will accept applications for eligible projects online only until 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 28, 2010. For more information and to download a pdf of Partnership Grant criteria click here...
Trails & Sails logo and linkTrails & Sails 2010!
Support the largest regional celebration of the historic, cultural and natural treasures of the Essex National Heritage Area, September 17-19 and 24-26. Site host outreach and sponsorship solicitation for Trails & Sails events has begun. Help keep Trails & Sails a FREE event. New, low-cost opportunities exist to tie your business to the 30,000+ visitors to the Trails & Sails website through on-line and printed guide sponsorship.

We invite any heritage organization or business to consider offering a unique, free event that provides residents and visitors the chance to connect and experience your special place. It's a great way to build public awareness and audience for your cause, mission and organization. If you have ideas for a possible Trails & Sails site, tour, lecture or workshop, please contact Mary Williamson with details or returning hosts can log in to confirm your contact information here.
Essex Heritage Legislative & Municipal Leader Breakfast A Success!
From left to right: Mayor Donna Holladay, CIty of Newburyport; Congressman John F. Tierney; Annie C. Harris, ENHC Executive Director, David Hildt, ENHC Board memberA broad cross section of regional elected officials and business leaders representing a majority of Essex County's cities and towns, gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Peabody for an update on Essex Heritage activities and strategic priorities on Monday morning, January 25. The audience received a federal update from Congressman John F. Tierney, the meeting's keynote speaker. Attendees included Mayors, Town Managers, Administrators and Selectmen from the 34 cities and towns within the Essex National Heritage Area, state officials, regional partners and business leaders. All were provided an opportunity to network and share concerns before and after the formal program, highlighting Essex Heritage activities past, present and future. Read the complete press release (pdf)...
Thank you Heritage Hero Honorary Committee Members!Heritage Hero logo and link
Enthusiastic community support is spreading for the 2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner. An exceptional line-up of community leaders have come together to serve as the Event Honorary Committee, helping to draw audience, sponsorship and prestige to the event.

The Provident Bank, headquartered in Amesbury, has demonstrated its generous support as Presenting Sponsor. Provident Bank President & CEO, Charlie Cullen, an Essex Heritage Trustee, who enjoys long-standing friendships with this year's honorees, will serve as the event Master of Ceremonies. Plans are underway to toast 2010 Heroes Nick Costello, Maria Miles and Byron Matthews with a celebration of their community contributions on Thursday, May 20th at the Tupelo Music Hall, Salisbury. Information regarding additional sponsorship opportunities is available here (pdf).
Whear Joins the ENHC Board of Trustees
Bruce Whear Joins the ENHC Board of Trustees
The Essex Heritage Board of Trustees recently elected Bruce Whear, President/Owner of Wire 4 Hire, Inc., to complete the three year term of Newburyport businessman David Hall. Wire 4 Hire is a well-established electrical contracting company in Salem, MA, specializing in a full range of residential and commercial work. Bruce and his company are involved in many local organizations, including the Contractors Consortium, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, Marblehead Little Theatre, Salem Chamber of Commerce, and the Salem and District Rotaries. Bruce is an accomplished local actor, talented improvisational comedian and sought after speaker who brings both experienced business acumen and an entertaining personal style to his many community interests and activities. Welcome aboard Bruce!
2010 Photo Contest Guidelines Announced
Photo contest submissionEssex Heritage is pleased to announce the 2010 Essex Heritage Photo Contest! All photographers are welcome to submit images that capture the essence of the Essex National Heritage Area or speak to Essex Heritage's role in preserving the historic, cultural and natural treasures of Essex County.  All photographs must be taken within the Essex National Heritage Area and represent one of the four Contest Categories. Read the complete Rules & Regulations then send in an entry form to win! Check out the Photo Safari schedule. Safaris are a great opportunity to take your award winning shot! For more information click here...
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Preservation WorkshopsNortheast Document Conservation Center logo and link
It is time to register for spring 2010 workshops! NEDCC Preservation Services staff and conservators offer a variety of workshops and other presentations each year to help cultural institutions preserve their valuable collections. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held at Northeast Document Conservation Center at 100 Brickstone Square, on the 4th floor in Andover, MA, from 9:00AM - 3:30PM. For more information and to register for workshops, visit their website.

Workshops offered this spring include:
Preservation of Scrapbooks Tuesday, March 9
Basic Paper Repair Wednesday, March 10
Preservation of Oversize Materials Thursday, March 11
Metadata Basics Tuesday, March 16
Disaster Planning with dPlan™ Lite Wednesday, March 17
(at Merrimack College)
Testing Your Disaster Plan Thursday, March 18
Writing Successful Grant Proposals Wednesday, March 24
Essex County Greenbelt Association Recent Land Acquisition in Rowley
Essex County Greenbelt Association logo and linkEssex County Greenbelt acquired 106 acres of land off Hillside Street and Weldon Farm Road in Rowley on December 11, 2009. The property, which will be known as the Great Swamp Brook Reservation, was purchased from the East Boston Savings Bank. Great Swamp Brook contains significant wildlife habitat and important water resources, which will now be permanently protected by Greenbelt.

Greenbelt's interest in acquiring the property was driven by its excellent wildlife habitat, high quality water resources, its size, and potential to provide passive recreational and educational opportunities. Read the complete press release (pdf)...
Tiptoe Through the Tombstones: Oak Hill Cemetery Vol.1Read About the Region
Congratulations to local author, Ghlee Woodworth, recent recipient of three awards from the New England Book Festival. Woodworth's awards include: Runner-up book of 2009; Best book design of 2009; and Runner-up Biography/Autobiography, for her recent published book, Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, Oak Hill Cemetery, Volume 1. You may know Ghlee if you were lucky enough to experience her Cemetery tour in Newburyport during Trails & Sails. Her book documents the historic cemetery and 70+ individuals buried there. Ghlee continues the much loved history walks and tours that her late father began and her book documents fascinating details. For information on obtaining a copy of Ghlee's book please email her.
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Tom may be in Florida, but Essex County is never far from his heart or thoughts! Keep up with Tom and Essex Heritage on his blog where he shares his experiences and reports on Essex Heritage news, regional events and happenings. Visit Tom's blog here.
Where in Essex County?Where in Essex County?
If this image looks familiar, you're right. This is the same photo used here last month.  Do you think you know where in Essex County this picture was taken? There were lots of guesses last month, but none of them right. 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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