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March 2010 Headline Image
In This Issue
This Treasure Matters
Essex Heritage Semi Annual Meeting
2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
2010 Photo Safaris
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
Help the
North of Boston CVB
The Great Marsh Boat Excursion
Discover Our Rail Trails!
Massachusetts History Conference
Resources for Your Organization
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Quick Links
Saturday, April 17
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Seaside Wedding Show at Castle Hill
The Crane Estate
See the beauty of the Great House while envisioning your special day of elegance. Members: $5; Nonmembers: $7. Find out more.

Saturday, April 17

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Vernal Pool Exploration/
Certification Workshop

Agassiz Rock
Ipswich, MA

Explore vernal pools that are crucial to the survival of salamanders and wood frogs. Join us to learn the process of certifying and protecting them. Families welcome. FREE. Find out more.

April 18, 1:00 PM
Essex Base Ball
Opening Scrimage
Endicott Park
Danvers, MA
Join the Essex Base Ball Organization as they prepare for the 2010 season. New players are always welcome. Find out more.

Sunday, April 18

8:00 - 10:00 AM
Beginning Spring Birding
Halibut Point Reservation
Rockport, MA

Learn birding basics while enjoying the woodlands and heathlands at Halibut's weather-beaten bluffs. Swarms of shorebirds can be viewed at this prestigious coastal birding point! Meet at parking area. 3rd Sundays thru June 20. FREE. Find out more.

Saturdays, 9 - 11 AM
Spring Garden Workshops
Whipple House
1 South Village Green
Ipswich, MA
Come and work in a 17th century housewife's herb garden & 19th century rose garden on Saturdays thru May 1 (weather permitting)! Hands-on experience, bring gloves. For info call (978) 356-8696.
Whipple garden
Explorers  Events
Thursday, April 22
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Saugus River
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
244 Central Street, Saugus, MA (map it)
It's Earth Day, National Park Week and school vacation! Bring the kids for family fun at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is home to a segment of the Saugus River that provides important habitat for a variety of aquatic life. Rangers and special guests will share changes that have taken place here over 400 years, exploring why the restoration and counting fish are important. We may even see some critters up close. Bring the kids and dress for fun and the weather!

Fri., April 23, 8:00 PM
The Agawam
The Actors Studio of Newburyport
The Tannery, Mill #1
50 Water Street
Newburyport, MA
Presented by the Actors Studio of Newburyport, "The Agawam is a play, but also a diner, and a crossroads in space and time, a place where some lives are miraculously changed and others continue as they were." All seats are general admission. Find out more.

Sat., April 24, 12:00 PM
Peabody Rail Trail Visit
Experience the Newly
Completed Peabody Rail Trail!
Get your bikes ready for a visit to the Peabody Rail Trail. The ride will head toward Middleton and make a 4.5 mile round trip. Participants can walk, ride, or roller blade. Light refreshments will be offered at both ends. Open to all ages. Find out more here.

Sun., April 25, 2:30 PM
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra

Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA
Tickets may be picked up starting 1/2 hour prior to the performance. Find out more.

Saturday, May 22
Essex Heritage
Photo Safari!

Endicott Park and Glen Magna Farms & Estate
Danvers, MA
This is the first safari of the season and will feature Olympus equipment! Find out more.

This Treasure Matters photoThis Treasure Matters 
On Thursday, April 8th, Essex Heritage joined with regional and national preservation advocates to raise awareness about proposed federal funding cuts to historic preservation programs, including National Heritage Areas. As a part of the "This Treasure Matters" campaign, Essex Heritage organized (pdf press release) a community photo opportunity at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site to remind the community and members of Congress that "History Happened Here" and that its value as an important heritage site and tourist destination has significant economic benefit.

Save America's Treasures, Preserve America, and National Heritage Areas do more than preserve our country's rich heritage - they put Americans to work. Help spread the word and ask Congress to restore this critical funding. Refer the National Trust link for the facts about Heritage Areas, their impact, proposed budget cuts and talking points that will help you craft a letter of support to congress.
Essex Heritage Semi-Annual Meeting
Join Essex Heritage Thursday, May 20, 4:00 - 5:30 PM at The Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, for our spring semi-annual meeting, immediately preceding the Heritage Hero Annual Dinner. The meeting will celebrate Essex Heritage trail projects. The agenda includes updates on ENHC's activities & initiatives, introduction of new Commissioners and recognition of Essex Heritage's 2010 Partnership Grant recipients! We hope you will be able to join us! For more information and to RSVP click here.
Leadership, Determination and Loyalty...Essex Heritage Hero logo and link
Just a few qualities that define a hero and characterize our honorees.
  • Mr. Nicholas Costello, Amesbury (bio)
  • Ms. Maria Miles, Salisbury (bio)
  • Mr. Byron Matthews, Newburyport (bio)
Ticket and table sales are now available online for the 2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner on May 20th, 6-9pm, at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. Join us for a festive evening celebrating the lifelong civic engagement and accomplishments of three distinguished regional heroes whose leadership inspired a renewed pride of place in Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport. For tickets and more information please click here.
2010 Photo Safaris Are Fast Approaching!
Participants on Photo Safari with Experts!This year there are four opportunities to take part in an Essex Heritage Photo Safari! 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 professional photographers, Hunt's Photo & Video logo and linkyou'll be poised to capture that award-winning image. With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, explore four unique and stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites. For details, click here!
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport
Pounded by February and March Storms
The high winds and rain that struck the region on February 25 and March 13-15 wreaked considerable havoc along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway. Particularly hard hit were Newbury and Newburyport where hundreds of trees were uprooted or damaged. Read more.Salem Maritime National  Historic Site and the Friendship of Salem  at dock

Further south, the National Park Service is working to repair and prevent similar damage from two storms that impacted the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Salem's harbor. Read more.

Though the skies cleared, the surf off Gloucester's Bass Rocks was still churning after the storm. Have a look.
North of Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau Auction Goes Live in April!
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau logo and link There is still time to donate to the auction! The North of Boston CVB is seeking items from donors like you, which will be put up for bid on a website they will advertise to their extensive databases of North of Boston visitors, members and partners. The NBCVB Travel & Entertainment Auction goes live on April 28, 2010. Show your support by clicking on the "Donate Items" button to contribute to their catalog. Take advantage of this opportunity to be promoted! Support your CVB while promoting your brand and product to a target audience of more than 40,000 supporters. To make a donation or find out more click here.
The Great Marsh Boat Excursion
Tour the Great Marsh by boat on June 26, 9:00AM - 1:00 PM! The 2010 Great Marsh Symposium offers a unique outdoor opportunity to view the Great Marsh from a new perspective. On this high-tide trip, you will gaze over acres of newly green salt marsh and bright blue waters from our craft, captained by the experts from Essex River Cruises. Explore seldom-traveled creeks and rivers, look for birds and other wildlife and perhaps even make a stop to explore the marsh on foot.  On board tour leaders include a Great Marsh historian, natural history experts and scientists who will share their knowledge of the region and current conservation activities. For more information or to register click here.
New bridge linking two sections of trail in NewburyportDiscover Our Rail Trails!
Celebrate the grand opening of new rail-trails in Newburyport and Salisbury on Sunday, May 23, 12:00 - 4:00 PM! Free family-oriented activities include ribbon cutting ceremonies, art, music, community group exhibit booths, and refreshments - all along the trail. The two trails will be linked by a water shuttle ferrying pedestrians and cyclists across the Merrimack River. Come experience how overgrown rail corridors have been transformed into safe, attractive and popular community assets providing easy walking and bike access to the MBTA commuter rail station, Merrimack River and the Great Marsh. Find out more.

Coastal Trails Coalition logo and linkThe Coastal Trails Coalition, Inc. (CTC) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to assist in the development of the Coastal Trails Network, a 30-mile system of interconnected on- and off-road trails linking the four communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. The CTC was formed in 2004 with the support of the Essex National Heritage Commission, the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program, and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.
Massachusetts History Conference
MA History Conference logo and link Registration for the Massachusetts History Conference is now open! Join colleagues on Monday, June 7th at Holy Cross in Worcester for Imagining Lives: Preserving & Interpreting Personal Stories. Historians Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore, authors of the joyful historical/fictional novel Blindspot, will kick off the daylong exploration of personal narrative history, from the 17th century to the present, as it pertains to local historical organizations and small museums. For more information click here.
Resources for Your Organization Salem State College Enterprise Center logo and link
The Enterprise Center at Salem State College offers programs, networking opportunities, and individualized training for all members of the business community. Sole proprietors, small businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups and non-profits are all welcome! Most programs are FREE. Salem State College workshops and seminars more information available here.
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
As we close in on the end of the Essex Heritage fiscal year at the end of June 2020, several efforts are underway to generate additional gifts to help support this work of Essex Heritage. This is certainly a critical time as diminished national and state resources makes it more and more difficult to preserve these precious regional resources for future generations. The mission of Essex Heritage is focused on the preservation and the promotion of the historic, cultural and natural resources of this region and throughout the year numerous programs are offered to help focus that mission on the three quarters of a million residents of this region. Read more here.
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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.