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In This Issue
Eastern Bank: A Presenting Sponsor of
TRAILS & SAILS Event Listing LIVE!
Welcome Rita Hennessy!
Bon Voyage Party
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Partnership Grant Spotlight

Friendship Sails! 

Friendship Sails!

Grab your windbreaker, sunglasses and a pair of binoculars for the ride of a lifetime! The adventure begins when she travels to and participates in the annual when she travels to and participates in the annual  Gloucester Schooner Festival over Labor Day Weekend, September 3 & 4, 2011!


It is with great excitement that we announce that National Park Service tall ship, Friendship of Salem, will once again welcome commercial passengers on TWO day sails! Don't miss this historic opportunity to be the second passenger-crew ever aboard Friendship. Buy your tickets and find out more


Heritage Happenings Article Block
June 4 - October 1

17th Century Saturdays

On the first Saturday of each month June thru October explore Essex County's architectural treasures! Discover what it was like to live in Essex County during America's first century. Essex County is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement.

Find out more (pdf

August 6 - 14
Salem Heritage Days
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Derby Wharf
Salem, MA 01970 Celebrate the heritage of Salem! This perennial favorite features Mayor's Night Out, restaurant sampler, ice cream festival, pizza contest, Essex Street Fair, the Salem Maritime Festival,  and a finale of fireworks and more! Find out more.

Sunday, August 14
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Celebrate a Decade of the Phillips House Car Meet
Salem, MA 01970
Members of the North Shore Old Car Club will display their vintage and antique vehicles; there will be special tours of the Phillips House and Carriage House, including a close-up look at the two Pierce-Arrows, Model A Ford, and five carriages on display in the collection. Special family activities and games will be set up in the backyard. Jazz music provided by the Trent Austin Duo. Light refreshments will be provided as well.
Find out more.

Thursday August 18; 6:30-9 PM
Planetarium & Telescopes
Wenham Museum
132 Main Street
Wenham, MA 01984
Enjoy looking at the night sky in the Mainely Stars planetarium then view the night's sky with telescopes provided by members of the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club. Tour the Museum galleries featuring Blast Off! Sky-High and Sci-Fi Space Toys summer exhibition. Author Visit, 6pm. Program is FREE with admission. 2 shows available, please reserve your spot. Find out more.

Saturday, August 20
River Ruckus
Haverhill, MA
Haverhill River Ruckus, a project of Team Haverhill, is a full day of free entertainment, fun and celebration, highlighting the Merrimac River and the revitalized downtown historic district, the new boardwalk, and the on-going development of recreational resources and river access planned for the area. Entertainment and activities are planned to excite and entertain visitors of all ages and interests. Find out more here.

Summer 2011

Past Finders
Summer Program
Haverhill Historical Society/Buttonwoods Museum 
240 Water Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Session II: August 9-12
Archie & The Gang
Email or visit the website here to find out more.
Quick Links

Eastern Bank: A Presenting Sponsor of TRAILS & SAILS     Eastern Bank logo and link

Eastern Bank is a long term partner of hundreds of local organizations that improve the quality of life within communities across Eastern Massachusetts. On average, 10% of Eastern's net income is donated to charitable endeavors each year. Eastern has partnered with Essex Heritage since the very beginning of our Heritage Area and this year serves as a presenting sponsor for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, celebrating 10 years. Essex Heritage works tirelessly to coordinate these two weekends of free events to showcase the best of the heritage area - a great example of how Essex Heritage promotes the quality of life across many communities. Read more

TRAILS & SAILS Event Listing is LIVE!
TRAILS & SAILS 10th anniversary logoAs you know, this September 16-18 & 23-25 Essex County is celebrating the 10th anniversary of TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks & Water. Thanks to new and returning site hosts, over 150 events have been scheduled. Essex Heritage is pleased to announce that our 10th anniversary year TRAILS & SAILS event listing is now LIVE, online! Log in to take advantage of all online features; search events, plan your weekends and print your Passport to Trails & Sails!

Like last year, you can access the mobile version of the TRAILS & SAILS website from your smart phone. The mobile site allows on-the-go participants easy access to up-to-the minute event information and google map directions. For more information visit www.trailsandsails.org.

Looking for a hard copy TRAILS & SAILS guide?
After September 1, there are three ways to get your hands on a printed guide:

Trails & Sails is generously sponsored by:

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Welcome Rita Hennessy!
Acting NPS Superintendent of the Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites
Rita Hennessy, Actin Superintendent, NPSThe Essex National Heritage Commission welcomes Rita Hennessy as the Acting NPS Superintendent of the Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites.  In her first few weeks in Salem/Saugus, Rita has displayed a commitment to ensuring that the park service continues to engage young people in a great appreciation of our natural resources.  She brings with her a deep understanding and support for partnerships.  

Rita serves as Assistant Park Manager for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, where she has spent 14 of her 22 years with the National Park Service.  Among her many accomplishments is the launch of the Trail To Every Classroom program in 2006 which has trained 275 teachers and engaged more than 15,000 students as they focus on conservation, civic participation and learning about healthy lifestyles. We look forward to working with and learning from Rita. Welcome!
Sunday, August 7th Bon Voyage Party!

As the Friendship of Salem Sets Sail

The National Park Service and Essex Heritage cordially invite the public to wish the crew and their young volunteers a "Bon Voyage" on Sunday on August 7 at 4:30 PM as they depart from Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site following the Salem Maritime Festival. In keeping with the traditional send-off that was practiced in Salem in the 18th century, wave the Friendship goodbye with a handkerchief! The first well-wishers who arrive at the National Park Service Orientation Center on Derby Street on Sunday will receive a free commemorative handkerchief to mark the occasion!  


A Youth Journey on the High Seas
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Essex National Heritage Commission, announces its A Youth Journey on the High Seas. The NPS tall ship will depart for New York, NY with a crew of volunteers, NPS staff and youth from across Massachusetts. They are spending 2-3 days at sea, sailing to New York City where the students will join a Youth Summit with their peers from New York City and Baltimore, MD. Join us to wish them well on their journey! 

Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Find  us on Facebook
The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport
New Coastal Byway Website Launched
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the launch of a new website promoting visitation to the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new marketing tool will make it easier for residents and visitors alike to discover over 50 historic, cultural, and natural sites along the byway. Check it out at www.CoastalByway.org
Lynn coast
Lynn Beach Summer Concerts
There is still time to enjoy the ocean views and music at the free waterfront concerts organized by the Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach. Shows are held at Red Rock Park on Lynn Shore Drive. For more information click here.
Gold Coast Exhibit at Endicott College
Endicott College's popular exhibit "From Summer Estates to College Campus" is on display through December 16, 2011. Free and open to the public, the installation focuses on the former historic summer estates that now contribute to the college's seaside setting. Read more here.


Partnership Grant Spotlight

Ipswich Kids Dig It!

Partnership Grant Project in Ipswich

This past spring the Ipswich Museum used an Essex Heritage Partnership Grant to fund development of Dig It!, an after-school archaeology program. With assistance from a paid consultant, museum staff created a six-week curriculum focused on Ipswich's rich industrial history and its Bull Brook archaeological site, the latter being one of the most important Paleo-Indian sites in the northeast (and largest in Massachusetts). Twenty students participated in learning activities that included tabletop exhibits, walking tours, a simulated town meeting, and a visit to the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology in Andover. The museum hopes to offer Dig It! again next year.  

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