|Essex Heritage Events|
|Friday, October 8, 11-1
New England Farm
Tour & Picnic Lunch
Green Meadows Farm
656 Asbury Street
Hamilton, MA 01982Enjoy a New England farm tour and picnic at Green Meadows Farm this fall! Take in the fall folliage while Farmer Andrew Rodgers leads the group on a one hour tour of Green Meadows Farm, a certified organic farm here in Essex County! Get to know what real farm life is like, from organic vegetable production and heritage breed animals to sustainable farming practices. After the walk, enjoy a delicious tented picnic lunch provided by the farm chef followed by warm apple crisp baked with locally grown apples!
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|Wed., September 15 7:30 - 9:00 PMSalem History Society Meeting and Open HousePhillips House34 Chestnut StreetSalem, MA 01970
Please join us for a night to celebrate Historic New England's Centennial anniversary and to learn more about the Salem History Society. There will be a short business meeting followed by a 20 minute viewing of Historic New England's Centennial film, highlighting a century of preservation work in the region. Light refreshments will be served through the evening. Please call 978-744-0440 or click here
.Saturday, September 18Essex County Trail AssociationRun for the Trails!Devon Glen Farm482 Bay RoadHamilton, MA
Come and enjoy some of the beautiful, privately owned trails on the North Shore and participate in our annual trail run to benefit the Essex County Trail Association. Help to preserve and maintain the trails in our communities! Find out more.
Sat., September 25
Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center
Bike-a-Thon in partnership with Bikes Not Bombs
10 Jeffrey's Neck Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
Join us for a 25-mile or 50-mile ride around scenic and historic Cape Ann! Pedal past marshes, seashore, farm fields and quaint North Shore towns to raise awareness for this environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. Pre-register here
; walk-ins welcome day of. 7AM registration; start time at 8AM. Proceeds benefit Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center's environmental education programs. For more info call (978) 356-4288 or email.
Thursdays, Sept 9-Oct 7 7:00PM
Charles Olsen Study Group
Bookstore of Gloucester
61 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01830
The Olson study group is part of a series of events leading up to Olson 100, Gloucester's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth, taking place October 9-10. Join a free study group lead by
poet, editor and teacher James Cook with writer and former Gloucester Times columnist, Peter Anastas.The Charles Olson Society of Gloucester in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum and partners, is organizing events to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Charles Olson's birth.
RSVP 978-281-1548. Find out more...
The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts
Fall & Winter Classes
116 Water Street
Beverly, MA 01915
See the new line-up of classes for the fall/winter semester. There is something for everyone! Bowl Turning with instructor Janet Collins, Build a MA Shelf Clock with instructor Chuck Phillips, Upholstery with instructor Joseph Karagizian and more. Find out more!
"The Big Ask: How to succeed at major gift fundraising" Two dates:
Wednesday, October 27
North Andover, MA
ORTuesday, November 2
The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham
South Hamilton, MA
Jay Caporale, Executive Vice President and Director of Philanthropy, Essex County Community Foundation, presents valuable strategies for raising major gifts including donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship. Workshop is argeted to all nonprofit organization executives, development staff and board members. Find out more...
|Read About the Region|
|Death in Salem: The Private Lives Behind the 1692 Witch Hunt, is the first to examine the Salem witch inquisition from a purely personal standpoint. This book examines the lives and family circumstances of the 64 major players, from Massachusetts Bay Governor Simon Bradstreet to 16-year-old Martha Sprague of Andover, who implicated seventeen. Author Diane E. Foulds, has organized the book into five chapters: the finger-pointers, the victims, the judges, the Puritan ministers, and the ruling elite. The book is available at the Salem Witch Museum, on Amazon, and at area bookstores. For purchasing info. click here.
Trails & Sails Offers 170+ FREE Events to Celebrate the Heritage of Essex County
Mobile Website enhances experiences for participants on the Go!
Momentum is building as Essex Heritage presents its premier partnership event: TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 17-19 and 24-26, 2010. Experience inspiration at 170+ FREE, FUN and FAMILY-FRIENDLY events at 100 sites that showcase our distinctive regional heritage.
While events will take place throughout the Heritage Area, we hope you will explore the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway, the 85-mile coastal route linking 13 coastal communities between Lynn and Newburyport. A number of Trails & Sails events will occur along this spectacular route that features exquisite scenic views, period architecture, historic sites and recreational opportunities. Participants are also encouraged to visit the expanded website for the most up to date event information, special event search and print functions and to build a personal event itinerary. On-the-go enthusiasts can access a new mobile website using their smart phone, to navigate their weekends from anywhere in Essex County.
A limited number of free printed guides will be available at all 10 Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Centers and sponsor locations within Essex County. Printed guides can also be purchased through Essex Heritage for a $5.00 fee here.
TRAILS & SAILS 2010: Two Weekends of Walks & Water is presented by TD Bank, with additional financial support from Eastern Bank and other local sponsors.
2011 Photo Excursions!
Essex Heritage is excited to announce the expansion of our Photo Safari program to include multi-day excursions both locally and outside of our Heritage Area, for travelers, photographers, and anyone interested in experiencing inspiration.
February 12, 2011
Essex Heritage has teamed up with New England Photo Workshops to plan a Winter Photo Workshop just in time for Eagle Fest! While keeping our cameras at the ready for those eagles, this 2-3 day workshop will include; photographic instruction from the New England Photo Workshop team, visits to multiple unique, stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites, classroom and critique sessions, as well as overnight accommodations at local historic hotels or inns! Find out more about New England Photo Workshops. Be sure to check out their next excursion in Vermont this October.
Visit the Northern National Parks on an eight day tour in August 2011! This unique opportunity will include the photographic instruction and equipment loans offered at local photo safaris, but will be partnered with an itinerary organized by one of the oldest and most reputable tour providers in the country. Organized at an affordable price, this tour will feature visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks using the incredible Jackson Hole, WY as home base for much of this trip. Check the itinerary and indicate your interest in more information here (pdf)!
|Essex Heritage 2010 Photo Contest
Get snapping! Enter your photos in the 2010 Essex Heritage Photo Contest to win some amazing prizes! The deadline has been extended to November 1, 2010!
All photographers are welcome to submit images to the Essex Heritage Photo Contest 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 submitted by November 1, 2010. Click here for 2010 contest categories, Rules & Regulations and to download your entry form.
|Friendship Inaugural Passenger Sails Dodge a Sideswipe from Earl|
Even the presence of a down-graded tropical storm couldn't prevent the enthusiasm of the Friendship Inaugural Passenger Sails over the Labor Day Weekend. Despite a day's delay to allow the seas to calm, commercial passengers had the experience of a lifetime as they sailed on Sunday from Salem to Gloucester to join the Schooner Fest Parade of Sail, participating in hands-on activities enjoying the interpretations of National Park Service personnel. On Monday, the passengers sailed extensively around Cape Ann, piloting a new NPS ship-board education program. Visit our online album! Read more (pdf)...
|Remembering Captain Fox|On August 17, 2010 Captain James Fox, the first volunteer captain of the National Park Service's tall ship Friendship, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Years ago, when the National Park Service received authorization to build Friendship, Jim Fox was one the first volunteers to offer his services to help. During preliminary planning meetings regarding the ship, Jim Fox was one of the most active participants. His knowledge of the sea and personal history of maritime service were invaluable as all involved charted a course for this ambassadorial vessel in her earliest days. Essex Heritage, The National Park Service and the crew that had the privilege to sail with him, will truly miss Captain Fox. The Salem Maritime National Historic Site provided a fitting memorial to their Captain when they tilted the lower yards of the Friendship of Salem and flew a black banner from the ship's main mast in his memory. Read more (pdf)...
|Byway Sites Participate in Trails & Sails
Featuring an inspired range of free participatory events, over 50 historic, cultural, and natural sites along the byway are participating in the Trails & Sails 2010. Organized by Essex Heritage and taking place September 17-19 and 24-26, Trails & Sails is the region's premier heritage showcase. Plan your itinerary and find out more
.New Historic House Rises in Ipswich
The re-creation of an early, English-style timber frame house from 1657 is taking shape along the byway's edge in Ipswich. Situated on the grounds of the Ipswich Museum, the structure is being built with the tools, materials and methods utilized during the First Period (1625-1725). Once completed, the Alexander Knight House will serve as a dynamic interpretive exhibit. For more information click here
.Rocky Neck Art Colony Historic Art Trail
The byway region has long welcomed artists to its picturesque cities and towns. Artists in one such community, Gloucester, have created a website and guide to promote greater awareness of the Rocky Neck Art Colony's history and national significance. Funded in part by an Essex Heritage Partnership grant, more information about the Rocky Neck Art Colony Historic Art Trail can be found here
LINCs Summer Institutes A Success!
This past July, Essex County Elementary educators took part in 2, week-long graduate level history institutes highlighting use of local resources. Focusing on the topics of "Peopling" and "Working" in New England, teachers visited sites from Lawrence to Gloucester to Danvers. They threw atlatls, churned butter, played a monopoly type game with facsimile money from the 1850s and examined historic maps from the Boston Public Library. Teachers are required to create multi-day lessons using Essex County materials and will take them back to kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms in 15 school districts. Find out more about their experiences at our website.
Grant Extended for a Fourth Year...
LINCs is pleased to announce that our Teaching American History grant has been extended for the next school year! We will conduct workshops on four Saturdays in the fall and hold another set of workshops in the spring. Topics repeat our popular workshops examining how "governing," "working," and "peopling" Essex County has influenced history of New England and the nation. There are still openings! Essex County educators of K through 6th grade can find out more about the program and apply via a link from our website or by contacting our museum educator, Rebecca Zimmerman.
Maritime Museum Acquisition
In August the Newburyport Daily News printed a story about the Custom House Maritime Museum acquisition of 'priceless' 1772 original by-laws drafted by the founders of the Marine Society of Newburyport. This incredible acquisition provides a snapshot of the past that helps piece together the history of Newburyport, this region and our nation during a pivotal point in it's founding. Look for opportunities to see the document on display later this fall! Read the full article here...
Now that the summer of 2010 is over, we are fast approaching a part of
the year when Essex Heritage and its partner organizations offer a
series of wonderful events. Over the last two weekends of September Trails & Sails
take center stage for Essex Heritage and this year the weekends will
feature wonderful free events offered by over one hundred partner
organizations. This year's program guides are available online here. Just click on events for more information. Trails & Sails
are brought to this region through the cooperation of TD Bank, Eastern
Bank and Hunts Photo and Video and other generous sponsors. Read more...
by Tom Leonard