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May 2010 Headline Image
In This Issue
2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
TD Bank Returns as Presenting Sponsor
Annual Meeting
Smart, Green, Working!
Grant Helps Save Powder House
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
LINCs Grant Extended
Discover Our Trails!
North of Boston CVB
Entertainment Auction
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Heritage Happenings Sidebar Heading
Saturday, May 15
1:00 - 3:00 PM
The Mighty Merrimack
Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson Street
Lawrence, MA

Join us for a walk along Lawrence's North Canal! We begin at the restored boardinghouse, now home to Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center. Following the esplanade of a 19th-century canal, past giant mills, in the footsteps of the Bread & Roses strikers, to the base of the Great Stone Dam. See this 19th-century engineering wonder from a new and not often visited perspective. A ~1 mile round trip, all within a National Historic Register district! Details.

Please RSVP Explorers attend FREE, RSVP here. Non-members $15 donation, please register online here.

Saturday, May 8, 9-12
Danvers Historical Society Plant Sale
Glen Magna Farms

Ingersoll Street
Danvers, MA
Stroll our historic, award winning gardens and delight in our selection of perennial plants for your garden! Knowledgeable volunteers will gladly help with your selection of plants. Proceeds help the on-going preservation efforts of this magnificent property. Open Mon, Wed and Sat 9-12 through June 12. Find out more.

Saturday, May 8
Chickens in Your Backyard & Home Vegetable Gardening with Farmer Andrew
Green Meadows Farm

656 Asbury Street
Hamilton, MA

Chicken workshop: 9-10
$10/person, $20 for family.

Garden: 10:30AM-12PM
$15/person, sign up in the farm stand for both events, call 978-468-2277.

Saturday, May 8,

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Celebrate Spring with Draft Horse Plow Day!
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Little's Lane
Newbury, MA
The Plow Match continues a long tradition of work horses on the farm used to prepare the soil for spring planting. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, baby farm animals, sheep shearing, spinning and weaving demos, black-smithing, and more. The 17th century manor house will be open from 12-4. Fresh lunch menu and cold drinks available, and Ipswich Ale on tap! $6/adult, $4/child, FREE to Historic New England Members. For more info call 978-462-2634or click here.

Saturday, May 15

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Arts Fair Fundraiser
The 23rd Annual Geraniumfest
On the Common, Lynnfield, MA
Proceeds go to planting trees in town! Over 600 trees so far. Free trolley tours, fun town stories, kids area, book sale, grilled lunch and live music. Tables for crafters available, see Kendall Inglese or call (781) 334-5131.

Saturday, May 15,
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
How to Plant Your Raised Bed Garden Workshop
Lynn Farm Fest
100 Munroe Street
Lynn, MA
For details please call (781) 346-6726.

Sunday, May 16
PM - 3:00 PM
Essex County Greenbelt Assoc.'s Annual Meeting
Cox Reservation
82 Eastern Avenue
Essex, MA
Gather with friends in celebration of Greenbelt's accomplishments over the past year, and recognize some of the many people who contribute to our mission. Find out more.

Tuesday, May 18, 7 PM
R. S. Peabody Museum
180 Main Street
Phillips Academy
Andover, MA
"10,000 Years and Counting: Archaeology and Native American History in the Monadnock Region" Dr. Robert Goodby, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University will discuss some of the complexities of Native history in the Monadnock region. Hosted by the Northeast Chapter of the MA Archaeological Society. FREE to the public. Contact: Jules Gordon (978) 685-1202.

Saturday, May 22
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Photo Safari
Featuring Olympus

Endicott Park and Glen Magna Farms & Estate
57 Forest Street
Danvers, MA 01923
With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, capture unique and stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites! You'll be equipped with all the latest camera gear provided by Hunt's Photo & Video. Find out more and register.

Friday, June 11 thru
Sunday, June 13

Art in the Barn
Essex County Greenbelt Association
Cox Reservation, Essex
Celebrating its 19th year as the region's premiere art exhibit and sale! Enjoy the feast of oils, acrylics, watercolors, mono-prints, pottery, sculptures and artwork by the regions' talented artists. Half of all proceeds from art sales benefit Greenbelt! Find out more.

Thursday, June 17
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Salem Farmers' Market
Old Town Hall
Derby Square
Front Street, Salem
Come visit us on Thursdays throughout the summer. Find out more.
Quick Links
2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner Essex Heritage Hero logo and link
Don't miss the social event of the season and your opportunity to celebrate with Essex Heritage, the National Park Service and the communities of Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport when we honor 2010 Essex Heritage Heroes:
Nicholas Costello (bio)
Maria Miles (bio)
Byron Matthews (bio)
at the Blue Ocean Music Hall on
Thursday, May 20th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Purchase tickets online or call 978-740-0444 for event details.
Trails & Sails logo and link TD Bank Returns as Presenting Sponsor for Trails & Sails
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce that TD Bank has demonstrated continued regional leadership as the presenting Sponsor of Trails & Sails 2010. "We are very grateful for TD Bank's support and their recognition of the significant economic impact of the Trails & Sails experience in the 34 cities and towns within the Heritage Area," said Essex Heritage Executive Director, Annie C. Harris. "Their sponsorship allows for increased promotional activity, drawing new and greater audience to the FREE and FUN experiences offered by Trails & Sails host sites."

Site hosts are busy building this year's calendar of events. We anticipate another strong showcase of 100+ events over the two weekends, September 17-19 & 24-26. Keep current with Trails & Sails event offerings at
Essex Heritage Spring Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 20, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
The Blue Ocean Music Hall
4 Ocean Front Street, Salisbury, MA
The agenda will include 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! RSVP and find out more here.
Get Ready to Join the 60 Day Campaign!
Essex Heritage looks for your active participation as it joins its sister Heritage Area organizations across the country in a comprehensive public awareness initiative in May and June. A "60-Day Campaign" using the banner and tagline above will be used to gain public support and grass-roots recognition for results heritage areas have achieved. The campaign will culminate in a Capital Hill rally on June 15 to urge Congressional support of key Heritage Area priorities. In the next few weeks, Essex Heritage partners, volunteers and friends will be asked to demonstrate their support by snapping photos, writing letters or even attending a local rally. If you want to take part, download your fliers (pdf) and get a snapshot of you with others holding them high at a Heritage Area site. Read more (pdf)...
Essex Heritage Grant HelpsENHA Logo Save Powder House
Following the recommendations of a planning study funded by Essex Heritage, the restoration of the Newburyport Powder House continues apace. Utilizing a 2008 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant, the Newburyport Preservation Trust engaged building preservation consultant Bill Finch of Beverly to prepare a historic structures report for the 1822 Powder House. Following documentation of the structure's historical development and close examination and recordation of its existing conditions, Mr. Finch provided detailed guidance and specifications which have helped the Trust to effectively arrest the building's rapid deterioration. In addition to a new wood shingled roof, the brick walls, door, and interior shelving system of the Powder House are being restored. Once completed, the Powder House will serve as an education resource for three nearby schools and the community at large.
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
An 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to NewburyportENHA Logo

Celebrations Abound Beginning in May and throughout the year the community of Newbury will celebrate the 375th anniversary of its founding in 1635. You won't believe the extensive schedule of events and activities including interesting tours, major historical re-enactments, festivals, all kinds of music, and lots of food! Keep checking it out here...
Congratulations to the City of Gloucester on the recent listing of the First Parish Burial Ground in the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of places worthy of preservation. Located just off the byway at 122 Centennial Avenue, the burying ground was Gloucester's first and is one of the oldest public landscapes in the country.
Congratulations also to Dan Yaeger of Swampscott, who was recently named Executive Director of the New England Museum Association. Dan, whose professional background includes museum administration, marketing and communications, and tourism, has shared his ideas for the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway as a participant in meetings of the Swampscott local advisory group. Read more here...

LINCs Grant Extended!
The Connecting Essex LINCs' grant has been extended for the 2010-2011 school year! This federally funded grant helps elementary school teachers in Essex County bring primary source materials and hands-on learning into their classrooms. Begun in 2007, over 100 local teachers have used digitized local papers and photographs of artifacts within lessons which ask students to consider their own communities as historic sites. From creating their own public "buildings" using architectural blocks, to drawing scenes based on Champlain's 17th century descriptions of the area known today as Gloucester - these lessons help students start to think about history in a more personal way. Find out more about these lessons and how you can participate if you are an Essex County teacher by visiting our website.
Discover Our Trails!ENHA Logo
ENHA LogoCelebrate 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. Get your map here (pdf) before you go. Find out more.

The 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.
North of Boston Entertainment Auction
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau logo and link Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are proud to support and promote the first ever North of Boston Travel and Entertainment Auction now online. Over 100 auction experiences and travel adventures await you. Bid on local favorites and other far-flung destinations. Share the link with friends and family! All proceeds will benefit the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Bidding will conclude Monday, May 10th.
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
In April 2010, Essex Heritage organized a rally at the replica sailing ship, Friendship in Salem to bring attention to the plight that Heritage Areas and other preservation based organizations find themselves in today. We, along with others find ourselves in a difficult situation with proposed federal budget cuts on the horizon. That rally proved to be quite successful as a large number of our friends and partners came to the National Park Service Site in Salem to express their concerns about the proposed reductions. On that morning we gathered many residents and students from the region that "dropped what they were doing" and came to our assistance. Several pictures were taken showing concerned citizens holding signs that said "This Place Matters". Many of those photos found their way into local newspapers and several editorials were written supporting the posture we had adopted and also rallied to support our effort. Since those plans proved to be successful more such efforts are being planned both at the local level by Essex Heritage and nationally by the Alliance of Heritage Areas. Read more...
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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.