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January 2011 Headline Image
In This Issue
2011 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
Trails & Sails 2011
Countdown for the Northern National Parks Excursion
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
The National Park System Advisory Board Planning Committee
Haverhill's East Parish Meetinghouse
North Shore Preservation Circuit Rider
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Special Thanks to New Corporate Members

Essex Heritage Events

Eagle Fest Event photo and link

Friday, February 11

Photo Excursion:
Eagle Fest Weekend!

The itinerary has firmed up for our first-ever Photo Excursion! Join Essex Heritage and the professionals at New England Photo Workshops for a Winter Photo Field Clinic just in time for Eagle Fest! Using the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge as our morning home-base, we will keep cameras at the ready for eagles and other striking specimens. This day-long workshop, with optional evening activities and over-night accommodations, will include expert classroom and field photographic instruction with critique sessions, visits to multiple stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and unique historic sites in search of spectacular images. Register or find out more here.

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Saturdays, thru Feb. 26

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Winter Weekends at the  

Phillips House

34 Chestnut Street

Salem, MA 01970

Follow the Phillips family on a wintery jaunt around New England. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while viewing film clips of the family sledding, skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Following the film, join the museum staff for a special house tour that shows how the family lived through the winter months. The program ends with a sneak peek of Phillips family items not usually on display. Registration recommended. You may purchase your tickets online, please call 978-744-0440 to confirm your choice of dates. For more info click here

Tuesday, February, 1
1:00 PM
Re-dedication Ceremony of Mary Baker Eddy Plaque
Market & Oxford Streets
Lynn, MA 01901
Join the Mayor of Lynn and others as they gather for a re dedication ceremony of a plaque commemorating the the spot where Mary Baker Eddy - author, publisher, speaker, and Christian Science founder - fell. Subsequently healed, Mrs. Eddy was later inspired to found the First Church of Christian Science. In 1907, Human Life magazine proclaimed Eddy "the most famous, interesting and powerful woman in America, if not the world, today."

Saturday, February 12
6th Annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival!
Newburyport, MA
Merrimack River Eagle Festival offers a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities! Learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us. Festival features include: Eagle-spotting locations along the lower Merrimack with on-site interpreters, bus tours guided by expert birders starting in downtown Newburyport, Live raptor demonstrations at Newburyport's City Hall, and Children's nature activities & live bird demonstrations at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. Find out more here.

Essex Heritage Membership Update

We heart heritage! Member Photo

This month Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to Danversbank, Institution for Savings, North Shore Bank and Saugusbank who joined Essex Heritage as a Sustainer Circle members;

Andover Endodontics, Inc. and Merrimac Savings Bank for their Benefactor Circle memberships and Endicott College, Weston & Sampson and Cummings Properties, LLC for becoming members of the Supporter Circle.

It is never too late to join! Your Essex Heritage Membership makes a great gift and helps to support programs that enhance, preserve and promote the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area. To view all corporate members and opportunities for your business to join, visit our membership page.

Read About the Region

Marine Life of the North Atlantic

Local author and diver, Andy Martinez explores the under water regions off the North Shore, "Marine Life of the North Atlantic." For those who were enthusiastic about the recent Essex Heritage event about the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, this is a great resource to continue exploring on your own! Find out more about this book and local author here.

Quick Links
2011 Essex Heritage Hero Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner Logo and link
Award Dinner - May 19, 2011
Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are pleased to reveal the names of the 2011 Heritage Hero Award recipients. Mark your calendars to join us on Thursday evening, May 19th at the Daversport Yacht Club, Danvers, when honors and accolades are bestowed on Dr. Wayne Burton, President of the North Shore Community College, The Honorable Kimberley Driscoll, Mayor of Salem, and Mr. Wayne Marquis, Town Manager of Danvers. They are widely recognized as dedicated public servants whose individual and collective contributions have fostered regional initiatives that overcome traditional barriers, promote collaborations across communities and help to advance our quality of life in the Heritage Area.

The awards will be presented within a tribute dinner format, with the opportunity to celebrate the honoree's history of collaborative regional leadership, as well as share recollections and inspiring moments with an expanded circle of friends and supporters.

Proceeds from the event (ticket sales/sponsorship) help sustain the many programs of the Essex National Heritage Commission which support heritage non-profit organizations and municipalities in Essex County. Read more.
Your Passport to Fun & Adventure
September 16-18 & September 23-25 

Trails & Sails 2011 logo and linkThis month Essex Heritage rolls out plans for the 10th anniversary celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. We have begun to seek site hosts and sponsorship to create the LARGEST EVER collection of unique and exciting experiences that connect residents and visitors to the spectacular places and faces that define the Essex National Heritage Area.


Spread the word! Put your site, organization or business on the TRAILS & SAILS map, and we'll help provide a passport to new audience, encouraging visits to 10 sites over two weekends in honor of our 10th Anniversary! Visitors with a passport validated at 10 of the 100+ Trails & Sails event sites will become eligible for a suitcase, backpack or fanny-pack full of heritage goodies.


Prior-year hosts will be contacted via email, but new hosting organizations and heritage business are always welcome! Event submission will begin on-line in March! We seek all kinds of experiences - from the fan favorite to the new and innovative - from the exclusive guided tour, a relaxing bike ride, exceptional open house visit, rigorous hike, contemplative walk, thrilling sail, leisurely paddle, or special adventure - all appealing to different ages, skill levels and interests.


Click here or contact Mary Williamson to add you organization to the event host line-up, or to seek additional information on other opportunities for visibility.

Northern National Parks ExcursionCountdown for the Northern
National Parks Excursion!
RSVP for an Information Session to be at the Salem Visitor Center.

Despite a recent health set-back, Essex Heritage President Emeritus, Tom Leonard, and his wife Marge, are more excited than ever to host Essex Heritage supporters on the August 5-12, 2011 excursion to the Northern National Parks of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, using Jackson Hole, WY as a home base. Led by Collette Tours, the trip is sure to thrill and inspire. Learn more about the trip and reserve your seat.
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway Find  us on Facebook
The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport
Byway Planning Advances
The byway planning firm of Brown Walker Planners is completing revisions to the corridor management plan that will guide future byway development. The full plan as well as a separate, graphically rich summary highlighting the plan's key recommendations will be available in March.

Pinky ArdelleSchooner Rising
When passing through Essex check out H. A. Burnham Boat Building where the wooden schooner Ardelle is taking shape on the banks of Essex River. Read more about this truly unique project here.

Historic Resource Databases
Much of the byway route is lined with historic buildings. Using street names and/or addresses, portions of the byway can be searched here (try High Street) and MACRIS, which is maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
The National Park System
Advisory Board Planning Committee

Executive Director Annie Harris was appointed to this prestigious committee in the Fall of 2010.  Since then the new committee has met twice via conference calls.It is hard at work preparing an interim report for the National Park Service that will direct the agency's work for the next 100 years.  In 2016, NPS will celebrate the centennial of the federal legislation that established our National Park System.  Committee Chair Gretchen Long (Trustee and Former Chair of the National Parks Conservation Association and Trustee of the Land Trust Alliance) said that the Secretary of the Interior is encouraging the Planning Committee to develop "an ambitious or dramatic program to realize the potential of the NPS 2016 centennial."  The Committee's discussions are focusing on a vision for the Park Service that goes far beyond the traditional boundaries of individual park "units."  Members have agreed that the Park Service should play a larger role in the life of our Nation - by taking the park experience to the people, with better integration of the human and natural environments, and by considering the economic and social impacts of NPS in a region.This is a substantial change from the tradition view of NPS.To increase the Committee's efficiency, the members agreed to divide into three sub-groups. Annie Harris is serving on the Metropolitan and Urban Interface sub-group - an excellent fit with the work of Essex Heritage. Read more here

Haverhill's East Parish Meetinghouse

Haverhill's East Parish Meeting HouseHaverhill residents are struggling to stave off condemnation of Haverhill's East Parish Church, Essex Heritage Grant Recipient and National Historic Landmark. This property is a remarkably intact 1838 meeting house, now community hall, formerly attended by renowned poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Last spring Essex Heritage awarded a grant to help underwrite restoration and fundraising plans for the small, picturesque wooden structure. For more information click here.

North Shore Preservation Circuit Rider
For the past two and one half years Preservation Massachusetts and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have jointly aided community-based preservation efforts by providing preservation "circuit riders." Through the Circuit Rider Program experienced historic preservation professionals travel the state delivering the programs, services and resources of the two seasoned preservation organizations. The circuit rider for the North Shore is Dorr Fox, who covers all of Eastern Massachusetts. To discuss a preservation issue in your community, contact Dorr at (508) 245-6824 or at. To learn more about the circuit rider program click here.
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard

It is a tremendous pleasure to once again be able to contribute my reflections about the people, places and rich resources that together, comprise all that is truly wonderful about this region and its designation as the Essex National Heritage Area. I have so much to be thankful for...


In December, I contracted a serious blood infection that severely compromised my vital systems. On the morning of December 8, 2010, my family was faced with the decision to save my life, and at my medical's team recommendation, doctors removed my part of my left leg. Each day since has been a gift.  We are extremely pleased with my progress to date and I have already begun the process of being fitted for prosthesis.   It has taken many weeks, but I have begun to recover my strength and abilities and return to a few of my favorite activities - like writing this column and my Essex Heritage Blog.

Special Thanks to New Corporate Members!

Saugusbank logo and linkNorth Shore Bank logo and link
Insititution for Savings logo and linkDanversbank logo and link
Andover Endodontics logo and linkMerrimac Savings Bank logo and link
Weston & Sampson logo and linkCummings Properties logo and link
Endicott College logo and link

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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.