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May 2010 Headline Image
In This Issue
Alliance News:Celebrating Heritage Areas & Going to DC
Trails & Sails 2010 News
Grant Recipients Announced
Heritage Hero:Thank You!
You Make a Difference
Coming Soon: Membership
It Is Growing Season
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
Trail Openings A Huge Success!
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Heritage Happenings Sidebar Heading
Thursday, June 24th
1:00 - 3:00 PM
The Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA
As the Salem Athenaeum celebrates its 200th anniversary, you are invited to this special library and cultural center to learn about it as it exists today and throughout the past two centuries. Director Jean Marie Procious, and honorary curator, Elaine von Bruns, will walk us through the public and private spaces filled with collections, including their current exhibition, "Delights and Curiosities."  Light refreshments will be served. Details.

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

Get Out and Play! Paddle, Run and Ride with Greenbelt: A guide to the best paddling, trail running and biking in Essex County
Find out more here...

Saturday, June 5th
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tamron Photo Safari
Rolling Ridge Retreat
North Andover, MA

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.

Sat., June 5, 1 - 5 PM

Historic New England
Centennial Open House
All Properties!
For one hundred years, Historic New England has served as the region's storyteller, opening its doors to share four centuries of New England home and family life. From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during FREE guided tours at Historic New England's house museums. Download press release (pdf) or find out more...
Sun., June 6, 3 - 5 PM
Members Garden Party
The Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA
Find out more...

Tuesday June 8, 2010
seARTS Presents:
2010 Art at Bass Rocks
Meet the Artist 6 - 7 PM
Open House 7 - 8:30 PM
Bass Rocks Golf Club
34 Beach Road
Gloucester, MA
Discussion with the artists about their work. seARTS will launch the 2010 Viewer's Choice Award sponsored by Hershey Frame Shop of Rockport. For more info click here.
Purchase tickets here.

Friday, June 11 thru

Sunday, June 13
Art in the Barn
Essex County Greenbelt Association
Cox Reservation
82 Eastern Avenue
Essex, MA

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...

Sat., June 12, 11:00 AM
Groundwork Lawrence
Kite Festival
Pemberton Park
Lawrence, MA
The Kite Festival is a family-friendly event that includes free kite-making and kite-flying (with Archie Stewart of Kite Education) at Pemberton Park, located on the banks of the Merrimack River. The event features lunch courtesy of the Summer Meals Program, face-painting, music and free trolley rides. Free and open to the public. Find out more...

Sun., June 13 at 2:00 PM
Lecture and Book Signing on the East Indies Trade
National Park Service Salem Visitor Center
2 New Liberty Street
Salem, MA
Dr. James R. Fichter, Assistant Professor of History at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, will discuss the role of Salem and Essex County in the American trade to the East Indies between 1793 and 1815. Essex County merchants provided crucial support in the American challenge to the East India Company's Asian trade. Find out more (pdf)...

Sun., June 13, 5:00 PM

Music at Eden's Edge
The Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA
Find out more...

June 14, 7:00 PM
Book Talk with Ulrich Boser, author of The Gardner Heist

The Salem Athenaeum
Salem, MA
Find out more...

Thursday, June 17
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Salem Farmers' Market
Old Town Hall
Derby Square
Front Street, Salem, MA
Come visit us on Thursdays throughout the summer. Find out more...

Find YOUR farmers market
Visit Northeast Harvest

Sat., June 26, 3:00 PM
Farm Tour
Green Meadows Farm
656 Asbury Street
Hamilton, MA
with Farmer Andrew and the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Find out more...

Sun., June 27, 2:00 PM
Seven Lectures at Seven Gables IV: Creating Fabric Inspired by History, Place, & Time Roger Roby and Dan Weidmuller of Blue Hill Fabrics, New York
Blue Hill Fabrics has designed a line of quilt fabrics based on The Gables inspired by and created after visits to the Mansion. Roby and Weidmuller will discuss the history of fabric in the US and Europe, exemplifying how modern fabric making techniques reflect past advancements. Find out more...

Quick Links
Alliance News:
Celebrating Heritage Areas & Going to DC
National Heritage Areas are smart, green and working logo and link
The clock is ticking, but there's still time to support Essex Heritage and its sister Heritage Areas across the country as we raise public and legislative awareness with the Smart, Green & Working Campaign. Last month we asked for your participation...let's not let up on the momentum. Let's Send A Message to Congress...The Essex National Heritage Area is IMPORTANT! Now is not the time for Washington to cut back on programs that save America's heritage but save America's jobs.You and your organization can make a difference. Here's what you can do to take action:Essex Heritage Explorer Heart Heritage at the Great Stone Dam in  Lawrence!
  • Take a Picture
  • Write a letter
  • Join Us June 15th in Washington
  • Spread the Word
Trails & Sails 2010 News
Eastern Bank logo and linkEssex Heritage is proud to announce that Eastern Bank has returned to TRAILS & SAILS as a higher level sponsor this year. "We are extremely grateful to Eastern Bank, who has expanded their long-time commitment to the program, said Essex Heritage Executive Director, Annie C. Harris. "We rely on sponsorship support to enable us to offer TRAILS & SAILS as our FREE premier community outreach event."
Trails  & Sails logo and  link 
Over 85 site hosts are busy building this year's calendar of events. We anticipate another strong showcase of 100+ events over the two weekends, Sept 17-19 and 24-26. Keep current with Trails & Sails event offerings at

Reminder to Trails & Sails site hosts...deadline for on-line event submission is Friday, June 25th.
2010 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program Recipients Announced
2008 Partnership  Grant ProjectOn May 20, 2010, Essex Heritage announced the recipients of the 2010 Partnership Grant awards. Over the next year municipalities and nonprofit organizations will be working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive, and preservation projects.
Essex Heritage's Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of organizations that share its mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Impacting many in the region, the 12-year old program has provided more than $1,600,000 to municipalities and nonprofit heritage organizations that steward the region's nationally significant heritage. Read about each of the projects here.
2010 Essex Heritage Heroes, Nick Costello,  Maria Miles, and  Byron MatthewsHeritage Hero: Thank You! 
What a night! Hundreds of people joined in celebration of the 2010 Essex Heritage Hero Awards, honoring Nick Costello, Maria Miles and Byron Matthews for their significant civic accomplishments on May 20th at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury. Click here to enjoy photos from the event.

Essex Heritage is sincerely grateful to all attendees, "toast-makers", sponsors and program patrons who helped to make the evening a sparkling success. Essex Heritage is particularly thankful to Charlie Cullen, President & CEO of The Provident Bank, who artfully served as the event Master of Ceremonies. Thanks go out to The Provident Bank as Presenting Sponsor, to Wayne Capolupo and his terrific staff at the Blue Ocean Music hall, our Host Sponsor, to Banner Sponsors the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and the Institution for Savings and to lead sponsors Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and Saugusbank, Sheriff Cousins Committee and National Grid.
Annual Appeal - You Make a Difference
Essex Heritage Annual Appeal link and imageEach month we provide a comprehensive update on Essex Heritage outreach events and community-building initiatives in this newsletter. From youth engagement programs with the National Park Service, to recreational trail building projects that criss-cross communities and the ever popular Trails & Sails Weekends, we rely on your support to advance our mission work. Our fiscal year ends JUNE 30th, please make a gift of support today. With your financial help, we can continue to be a regional voice for our spectacular heritage resources and a catalyst for positive change in the 34 Cities and towns of Essex County. Contribute today.
Coming Soon: Essex Heritage
Membership Program - JOIN US!

Next month, Essex Heritage will launch its new Membership program. This multi-level program will offer a direct connection to furthering the Essex Heritage mission and will provide opportunities for our members to connect to heritage resources in exciting ways. Look for our invitation to become an Essex Heritage Member in your email and traditional mail box in July. Get a sneak peak of our membership opportunities...
produce from a local farmFarm Season Reminder
If you act fast you may still find a local farm offering CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) programs for the 2010 growing season. CSAs provide a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Now's your chance to invest in local farm sustainability. Although many are full for the 2010 season you may get lucky and find one that is still accepting members or has expanded, like First Light Farm in Hamilton or Colby Farm in Newburyport. Find a CSA, farm or farmstand near you at Northeast Harvest
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway Find  us on Facebook
The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport
White Ellery House, Gloucester, MA The year 2010 marks the 300th anniversary of the White-Ellery House, an important First Period house located on the byway at 245 Washington Street just off the Grant Circle Rotary in Gloucester. The house and adjacent barn are owned and stewarded by the Cape Ann Museum (see grant article above on Essex Heritage grant awards), which is commemorating the tercentennial with a summer series of open houses, lectures, and art installations. Find out more...
A number of popular byway beaches are accessible by bicycle on summer weekends via the MBTA's bike coach service. Find out more (pdf)...
The Rowley Chamber of Commerce has demonstrated its support for the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway by creating a dedicated byway page on its website.
Please send information about any upcoming events, activities, and happenings along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway to Bill.

Trail Openings A Huge Success!
link to Coastal Trails Grand Opening Album Blessed by great weather, an estimated 4,000 area residents and visitors discovered the new rail trails in Newburyport and Salisbury during the Coastal Trails Grand Opening on Sunday, May 23. Whether they walked or rode all experienced the health and quality of life benefits these dynamic linear parks instantly bestowed upon communities. Whether exploring the Clipper City Rail Trail or the Old Eastern Marsh Trail, trail users had their senses stimulated by an array of food, music, history, art, and children's activities provided by local organizations and businesses. U.S. Congressman John Tierney and Lt. Governor Timothy Murray were among the speakers recognizing the many who contributed to the trails' completion. Essex Heritage and the Coastal Trails Coalition helped to organize the half-day event. See pictures from the day in an online album. For more details and information about the Coastal Trails Coalition click here.
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
On December 16, 1996, United States President Bill Clinton signed legislation that was championed by the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy that created the Essex National Heritage Area.  The work that our elected officials from this State and this region did to accomplish that task is appreciated by all in this region who have benefited from this status.   In the almost fourteen years since the legislation was signed to create the Essex Heritage Area much has been accomplished.  A governance structure has been created to mange the Area, and hundreds of volunteers have offered their time and many talents to assure that the work of the Essex National Heritage Commission was successful. Read more...
Read About the Region Paul Wainwright's book, A Space for Faith: The Colonial  Meetinghouses of New England
A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England is the first book of Paul Wainwright's photographs, and the only current book featuring images from all the "mint condition" meetinghouses still standing in New England. Commentary from noted experts and an essay by Peter Benes complement the images. "My work seeks to convey my emotions about these places, and is in the permanent collections of both private and corporate collections including the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston."  An excellent addition to anyone's library, a great gift for arm chair historians, photography enthusiasts, and want-to-be New Englanders on your list! Book sale and signing will take place at the Rocky Hill Meeting House Saturday, June 5 during Historic New England's Centennial Open House event.

Essex Heritage Explorers might recall Paul Wainwright co-hosting a Victorian photography workshop with another area author, Bethany Groff, at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury! Find out more about Paul's book 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.