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March 2010 Headline Image
In This Issue
Quality of Life Survey
Leadership, Determination and Loyalty
Trails & Sails 2010!
Ag Day March 30, 2010
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
1,000 Greatest Places in MA
Thacher Island Association News
MA History Day Winners Announced!
NEH and Mass Humanities Grant Workshop
Congratulations! Nominees
Help the
North of Boston CVB
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Read About the Region
Where in Essex County?
Quick Links
Heritage Happenings Sidebar Heading
March is Maple Month
Find a sugar house near you! Many welcome visitors when as they boil and offer pure maple syrup for sale!

Wednesday, March 24,
Writing Successful Grant Proposals Workshop
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Presented by independent grants writer and consultant, Eileen Warburton. Besides presenting a nuts -and-bolts overview of writing a proposal, this workshop examines grant proposal writing in the context of advancing your organization's mission and creating a partnering relationship with funders.
For complete information and to register click here.
Thursday, March 25 4th Annual Digital Library Conference and Vendor Fair College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
This conference highlights important issues and practical skills in implementing and nourishing a digital collection, 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.
Highly anticipated keynote speakers are Roy Tennant of OCLC and Tom Clareson of LYRASIS. 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, MA
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.

Saturday, April 3
11:00 AM
Egg Hunt
Winnekenni Castle
347 Kenoza Ave (Rte. 110)
Haverhill, MA
Rain or Shine!  Children will be divided into age groups promptly at 11AM. Collection bags will be provided and are the only ones that may be used. Parents cheer from the sidelines, bring your camera! The Easter Bunny will be sitting/posing for pictures! Games & activities will be inside the Castle. Refreshments will be available. Purchase tickets.
For more information, please email.

April 5 - May 10,
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

William Bentley's Salem

The Salem Athenĉum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA
Led by Dr. Donald Friary on one of Salem's most illustrious citizens, Reverend William Bentley, pastor of the East Church from 1783-1810. Course on six consecutive Mondays. More information available here.

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Thursday, April 22
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Saugus River:
Fish Count
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
244 Central Street, Saugus, MA (map it)
Bring the kids for family fun at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. It is Junior Ranger week, and Essex Heritage Explorers are invited to attend a truly unique happening along the Saugus River. Join the National Park Service, the MA Division of Marine Fisheries, and the Saugus River Watershed Council and be part of a special event - the fish count! Explorers FREE;Non-Explorers $15 please register in advance. For details and to register click here. Not an Explorer? Join now!

April 28, 2010, 7:00 PM
Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge auditorium
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA
Anne's presentation will give research highlights from the Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research site which is specifically targeted on how local human changes interact with climate change and sea level change. For more information available on a flyer, click here (pdf).

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.

North Shore Music Theatre Announces
2010 Musical
Season Schedule!
Curtain up! Light the Lights! NSMT is back with an exciting 2010 musical season filled with classic, contemporary and much-loved Broadway favorites. The new NSMT is under the leadership and ownership of Bill Hanney. Experienced in theater management, he is also the Owner/ Producer of Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island.
Find out more!

2010 Photo Safari Schedule online!
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 pro photographers! Find out more.

Save the date:

Thursday, May 20,
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Essex Heritage
Semi-Annual Meeting
This meeting will take place immediately preceding our Annual Heritage Hero Award Dinner!

Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner,
6:00 PM
Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury, MA
Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are proud to announce the 2010 Honorees: Nicholas Costello, Amesbury; Maria Miles, Salisbury; and Byron Matthews, Newburyport. Find out more.
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Quality of Life Survey
Salem State College Center for Economic Development and Sustainability (CEDS) is conducting a regional survey seeking to define the 'quality of life' on the North Shore and how we can measure its value. Why does Essex Heritage think that this is important?  A majority of the people who live and/or work in Essex County cite the quality of life as their primary reason for locating on the North Shore. Please take a moment to participate.
Leadership, Determination and Loyalty... just a few qualities that define a hero and characterize our honorees Essex Heritage Hero logo and link
Join us on Thursday, May 20, at the Tupelo Music Hall, soon to be known as, the Blue Ocean Music Hall, in Salisbury, at the 2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner. This  evening celebrates the lifelong civic engagement and accomplishments of three distinguished regional heroes:
  • Mr. Nicholas Costello, Amesbury (bio)
  • Ms. Maria Miles, Salisbury (bio)
  • Mr. Byron Matthews, Newburyport (bio)
They brought crucial leadership and resources at critical times, inspiring a renewed pride of place in Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport. Invitations will be mailed this month. Take advantage of sponsorship and program patronage opportunities.  Learn more.
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. 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.

Help keep Trails & Sails a FREE event. New, Keep Trails & Sails Freelow-cost opportunities exist to tie your business to the 30,000+ visitors to the Trails & Sails website through on-line and printed guide sponsorship and individual donations.
Ag Day March 30, 2010, in Topsfield!
NortheastHarvest Buy Local is hosting AgDay at Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Farmers, farmers' markets, agricultural commissioners, state officials, and legislators from Middlesex and Essex Counties are welcome to attend. Join Essex County Farm Bureau President Lisa Colby, Massachusetts Farm Bureau President Rich Bonanno, MDAR Commissioner Scott Soares, and Essex National Heritage Marketing Director Mary Williamson for the latest in farming news and techniques. Spray credits have been applied for (two different sessions available), morning coffee and lunch will be served, and farm kits will be distributed. For more information and registration please email Joy.
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
The Essex National Heritage Commission is working in partnership with the 13 byway communities and regional stakeholders to preserve and promote the byway's historic, cultural, and natural resources.
When driving on Atlantic Avenue near the Swampscott-Marblehead line be sure to stop at the Sun Circle at Beach Bluff Park. Designed by a local architect, the Stonehenge-like structure is a solar calendar. Find out more.
Check out the Tools of the Trade exhibit and special Sunday demonstrations on Sundays at the Ipswich Musuem. Upcoming demonstrations on carpentry, lacemaking, farming, and painting. Find out more.
Read about plans to restore three historic buildings in Rowley's village center. Find out more.
1,000 Greatest Places in Massachusetts
Vote for Essex County today! Massachusetts residents are being asked to nominate their favorite places in the state. Nominations will be considered for the final list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts, to be announced by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism in May. Only one nomination per person will be accepted. Please consider ALL of Essex County and Vote now!
Thacher Island
First Lady Designates Thacher Island Association a Preserve America Steward
The Thacher Island Association was honored recently when Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, designated it as one of the nation's newest Preserve America Stewards. "Preserve America Stewards are committed to preserving America's diverse physical and cultural heritage, and their work demonstrates how individuals who care deeply about serving their country and their communities can make a difference," Mrs. Obama said. "I thank and commend the volunteers of The Thacher Island Association for protecting our nation's historic treasures, both for your fellow citizens as well as visitors from near and far. You set a wonderful example for our young people, who are the future stewards of our heritage, while also improving the quality of life and economic vitality of our nation." Find out more.
MA History Day Winners Announced!
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Essex Heritage was pleased to once again support students participating in Massachusetts History Day by providing awards to the 2010 winners. Part of National History Day, this contest encourages students to produce papers, projects, performances, and media presentations based on their own research. Students use documents and historical records to create their projects and as part of the History and Social Science Frameworks of MA. Long time supporter, and Essex Heritage Trustee Emeritus, Dick St. Pierre attended the competition to present the awards. The theme this year was Innovation in History: Impact and Change.  Allison Rassaman took first place for her Individual Documentary, The Industrial Revolution: How the Textile Mills Impacted America. And in second place were Brook Marchula & Emily Coffin for their group documentary, The XO Laptop: One Laptop Per-Child.
NEH and Mass Humanities NEH logo and link
Grant Workshop
Join staff from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Mass Humanities at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem on Thursday, March 25, at 10AM for a workshop on grants for museums, historic sites and houses. The presentation will include grant opportunities, deadlines, preparing applications (with samples of successful ones), and the processes used to evaluate them.  Take home a clearer picture of what these organizations offer your particular institution. In your email to register for the workshop, please provide your name, position, institution, email, and office and cell phone. Find out more and register via email.
Congratulations! Nominees for the 2010 Paul E. Tsongas Profiles in Preservation
Preservation Massacusetts Logo and link 2010 is particularly special for Preservation Massachusetts as it marks their 25th Anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, they have inaugurated a new award, Profiles in Preservation, to acknowledge those individuals who have made a difference in the landscape of historic preservation in Massachusetts. Essex Heritage is pleased to share the news that our own Executive Director, Annie Harris, and Board Member, Paul McGinley, have each been nominated! The winners of the 2010 awards will be posted on May 6, 2010.
Help the North of Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau and Promote your Business
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau logo and linkThe state has cut its investment in tourism promotion by more than 75% In order to close our funding gap, we invite you to participate in a new venture, the North of Boston - Travel and Entertainment Auction! We're seeking items from donors like you, which will be put up for bid on a web site that we'll advertise to our extensive databases of North of Boston visitors, members and partners. This is an exciting and worthwhile chance to support your CVB while promoting your brand and product to a target audience of more than 40,000 supporters. Items will also be promoted to the auction database of 150,000 patrons, many of whom are based in New England-our target drive market. Promotion of the North of Boston - Travel and Entertainment Auction begins in April. Consider donating or becoming a sponsor. Click here.

Or for more information, please visit our auction site to see the online auction as it starts to take shape!
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
As you read this column today, I am just finishing a winter vacation on the west coast of Florida. It was pleasant to get away from the New England winter, and while I enjoyed a few days in the sun, played a few rounds of golf and enjoyed walking without the snow and ice, it will be good to get back to Essex County to continue my work with Essex Heritage. In that role, we continue to develop partnerships with the 34 communities and to build relationships with the many fine organizations in the region that have the same mission. Read more.
Ten Tales of Nahant...Give or Take a FewRead About the Region
Nahant Historical Society celebrates a new book Ten Tales of Nahant...Give or Take a Few by Robert N. Risch and Nahant Historical Society Curator, Calantha D. Sears. This entertaining collection of unusual stories from Nahant's vibrant past extends covers over four centuries. The book is filled with factual tales of Nahant's rich history, mixed with amusing anecdotes and refreshing reminders of what makes Nahant and its people, so special. Copies are available here.
Where in Essex County?Where in Essex County?
February's photo: Susan Plutsky guessed the correct location for the 'where in Essex County' photo that appeared in our Newsletter two months in a row, stumping a lot of folks. The location is Appleton Farms, Ipswich! Congratulations, Susan! Here is the picture that caused all that trouble.
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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.