June 2011 Headline Image
In This Issue
Membership Month
Support the Essex Heritage Annual Appeal
Photo Contest Deadline
November 1, 2011
Salem Witch Hunt
The Movie
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Essex Heritage Partners with Salem Maritime
Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Thank you Corporate Members!

Essex Heritage Events

Tuesday, October 25
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Essex Heritage
Annual Fall Meeting
The Great House, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938

Join us for a morning of engagement! Participate in this FREE, valuable networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and our partners. Find out more and RSVP here.

Thursday, October 27
Smolak Farms Tour

315 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA 01845
Autumn is here! Join us for a farm tour at Smolak Farms in North Andover! Enjoy a guided narration about Smolak Farms while on a tractor drawn hayride. A knowledgeable guide will share the history of the farm as well as the different crops grown. We will stop for a chance to pick your own sugar pumpkin and then head back to visit their 150-year-old barn for a taste of their famous apple cider donuts and a cup of apple cider. The perfect fall outing.

Find out more... 

More fall member events and details coming soon...

Heritage Happenings Article Block
Derby Square Tours
Salem, MA 01970
Jim McAllister's Derby Square Tours  offers  three Salem walking tours in the month of October:  the historical  "Witch Trial Trail", a staple of Haunted Happenings since 1983; the spooky "Terror Trail"; and "Salem Secrets and Treasures."  Brief descriptions, schedules, prices and other important information about all three can be found here.

Thursday, October 13
7:00 PM
"Cumulative Impacts:  The Human Footprint on Massachusetts Waters"
Friend Room
Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
The 2011 Natural History of Cape Ann Fall Lecture Series presents Daniel W. Sampson, GIS/Data Manager Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Boston.Free admission.
Find out more.

Friday, October 14
7:00 - 9:30 PM
10th Annual Wine Reception & Silent Auction
Waterline Center, Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929
Sponsored by the Chebacco Market, Essex, to benefit the
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
More information here.

Saturday, October 15

6:00 PM
Salem Light Infantry
Levee and Ball
Hamilton Hall
9 Chestnut Street
Salem, M
A 01970

Enjoy a formal buffet dinner inspired by menus from mid-19th century Salem Light Infantry events, live music by Spare Parts, dancing on the Sprung Floor of the 1805 ballroom, authentic Civil War Era Dances (instruction provided), bayonet drill demonstration by members of the Salem Light Infantry, sweets and treats from 19th century recipes, once in a lifetime chance to recreate this historic event in the original hall where they gathered 150 years ago!
Tickets are $45 - for details click here.

Saturday October 15
7:00-9:00 PM
Rubbish to Runway
reFashion Show
Long Way Home, Inc.
Nicholson Hall
7 Harris Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
More than a dozen textile and multi-media artist/ designers will direct their models to the runway clad in upcycled fashions. They will wow the crowd when ensembles constructed of textiles, plastic bags, newspaper, bottle caps and discarded bicycle tubes will be reborn into wearable art. Enjoy a cash bar, hors d' oeuvres, dessert and an artisan marketplace where purchase of your very own upcycled sweaters, skirts, hats, and jewelry will be available. To benefit Long Way Home. Find out more.
Saturday & Sunday
October 15 & 16, 1-5 PM
Alfalfa Farm Winery
Harvest Festival Celebration
267 Rowley Bridge Road
Topsfield, MA 01983
Alfalfa Farm Winery is delighted to offer 2 days of live music, food, wine tastings and winery/vineyard tours, grape stomping and more. Pumpkin decorating as well! Alfalfa Farm is releasing new and award winning wines and also a "Special Reserve" estate bottled white wine. Find out more here.

September 30-October 10

Topsfield Fair
207 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA
Conveniently located just 18 miles north of Boston on Rte 1 in historic Topsfield just minutes from I-95 the 192 year old Topsfield Fair still strives, "to encourage, promote and preserve Essex County agricultural activities and to educate the general public regarding their importance in an atmosphere of fun and excitement through the medium of the Topsfield Fair." Get your tickets and find out more.

October is Massachusetts
Archaeology Month
Begun in 1992 as Archaeology Week, Massachusetts Archaeology Month is a month-long celebration of archaeology in Massachusetts and around the world. Museums, libraries, archaeologists, and many more people and institutions join Secretary Galvin and the State Archaeologist in hosting exhibits, lectures, walks, and events for adults, children, and teachers. The annual calendar of events is available on-line. Find out more.

Wednesday, October 19
6:00-7:00 PM  
Ground Breaking Archaeology: Learning about 34 Chestnut Street from the Ground Up
34 Chestnut Street
Salem, MA 01970
During the summer of 2010, Peter Sablock, a professor in the geological sciences department at Salem State University, brought in a team of students and a technology called ground penetrating radar to unveil an even more complete landscape history at the Phillips House. The findings of his team as well as a demonstration of ground penetrating radar technology and electromagnetic induction will be presented. Registration recommended. For tickets, call 978-744-0440 or click here.

Sunday, October 23
4:00 PM

von Trapp Children
Benefit Concert
Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
The concert will include a 45 minute a capella performance by the von Trapps featuring an opening act by Country Rain followed by a question and answer session. The von Trapps will perform in the Belleville historic Meeting House--amazing acoustics! Tickets $20 in advance/$10 for ages 12 and under on sale now at the Belleville Church Office Tues/Thur/Fri 9-1 or online here.
Quick Links
October is Membership Month...

If you haven't already, help us celebrate October by becoming a mission-based champion of Essex Heritage. Become a member


October is Membership Month, Join today!Your support matters. Know that Essex Heritage relies on your participation and active engagement to fulfill our purpose. When you become a member you are joining a program that is mission-aligned, supports over 250 partners, in 34 cities and towns and is self-sustaining.


Make TRAILS & SAILS last all year long! As a member of the Essex National Heritage Commission there are many opportunities to connect to resources in this region beyond Trails & Sails, making the fun and discovery last all year long! If you appreciate the unique historical, natural and cultural events offered during Trails & Sails, you will enjoy being an Essex Heritage Member. Join today!


Thank YOU Corporate Members! 

This month Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to North Shore Medical Center for becoming a new Supporter Circle member!


To view all membership opportunities for you or your business, visit our membership page.  

TRAILS & SAILS 10th anniversary logo

Essex Heritage would like to thank the 100+ event hosts for opening their doors and scheduling 200+ TRAILS & SAILS experiences to thrill and delight residents and visitors. Thank you participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the 10th anniversary of TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekend of Walks & Water such a success! Essex Heritage would especially like to thank our 2011 corporate sponsors, TD Bank and Eastern Bank, for making this special celebration year possible.

We could not present this event without your enthusiasm!  


Planning efforts are underway for 2012. Your valuable feedback will help inform decisions for 2012. Please take part in this short survey to let us know about your Trails & Sails  experience. 


Visit Essex Heritage's Facebook page to see and post photos from the weekend festivities! Read more here   

Thank you to our sponsors TD Bank and Eastern Bank with additional support from REI and regional sponsors:

  TD Bank logo and linkEastern Bank logo and link  REI logo and link 

Essex Heritage Kicks off Annual Appeal
Photo by Nancy Lang, Haverhill.

Essex Heritage had a successful 2011, thanks in large part to those of you who so generously supported our mission. This year, we are once again kicking off our Annual Appeal.


Our programs and initiatives tell our story, from preservation grants to education programs, from historical site walks to museum tours, we always strive to advocate for our region, collaborate with sites and organizations and leverage resources to maximize our impact.  


But, we can not do it without your support. Our work is made possible by the generous support of community citizens.  Your support for our mission enables us to partner with organizations and sites to preserve, promote and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County.


Your commitment to our annual appeal will make a positive impact in our community by allowing Essex Heritage to continue its important work. Please consider a donation

Photo Contest Deadline Extended!
Full Sails At Sea by Rod Parker

2010 Grand Prize Winner "Full Sails At Sea"
by Rod Parker

The Essex Heritage Photo Contest deadline is now November 1! 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 represent one of the four contest categories; people, Essex Heritage events, Essex Heritage Scenic Byway or Four Seasons. Learn more about the 2011 Essex Heritage Photo Contest and download an entry form here.
Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence
Movie Now Playing in Salem!

Salem Wicth Hunt: The Movie The Essex National Heritage Commission, in partnership with the National Park Service, celebrated the premiere opening of a new interpretive film, Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence. The film about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials is based on the most recent scholarly research of the causes, events and aftermath of these famous trials.   


On October 3, 2011 the Boston Globe wrote, the "35-minute movie - Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence - will be the best resource for rangers to help tourists looking for a factual but entertaining summation of the Witch Trails."


Attend a Special Film Viewing & Symposium  

The excitement around the movie continues on November 3, at 7:00 PM with a special film viewing & symposium at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem. Engage in a lively discussion and question-answer session joined by the prominent witch trial scholars featured in the film, moderated by National Park Service historian, Dr. Emily Murphy. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.  

Byway Sites Participate in Trails & Sails
The coastal byway was well-traveled during the recent Trails & Sails Weekends (Sept. 16-18 and 23-25). Over half of the 200+ free events offered as part of the 10th year celebration featured historic, cultural and natural sites along the byway.


Newbury Lower Green

Key Byway Site Protected 

Efforts to preserve the pastoral setting of the historic, colonial-era Lower Green in Newbury have been successful. Essex County Greenbelt recently announced that enough money had been raised to purchase the four acre buffer site. Read more.  


Byway Park in Marblehead Added to National Register   
Seaside Park, the town's largest, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1905 and featuring a recently restored grandstand, thousands used to attend professional baseball games at the park. Read more

Essex Heritage Partners with Salem Maritime to Launch "Coast for Every Classroom" Education Program

Essex Heritage has recently partnered with Salem Maritime National Historic Site to start development on a new education program titled "Coast for Every Classroom," which will provide a series of workshops aimed at bringing together community partners, local school administrators and teachers, and park staff to create place-based curriculum for local students. These workshops will immerse participants in the unique attributes of Essex County's coastal geography from multiple points of view, including scientific, historic, and cultural links, with the goal of inspiring and supporting teachers as they create real-world, relevant, place-based learning opportunities for their students. The CEC development team is planning upcoming meetings with potential partners and will be preparing workshops for local teachers to be held in the spring and summer of 2012. Read more here.  

November 18: Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop in Lowell
Burying GroundThe Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be presenting a Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop on November 18, 2011 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Technical sessions and outdoor cemetery labs will provide attendees with a foundation of knowledge for protecting the historic character of these significant public landscapes. From documentation and planning to partnerships and funding, the workshop is designed to help municipal staff, cemetery managers and crews, volunteers, consultants and anyone interested in the preservation of the Commonwealth's rich cultural landscape. Registration materials will be available in mid-October here. For more information contact Wendy Pearl at 617-626-1389.
Read About The Region

Book Launch Party at the Ipswich Museum!  

54 South Main Street Ipswich, MA Friday, November 11, 5-8 pm. Please join the Ipswich Museum on November 11th in celebration of  the new release: People and Place: Oral Histories and Portraits of Ipswich Seniors, a collection of stories and fine art photographs of 30 Ipswich residents born in 1930 or earlier. Guests are invited to enjoy food, beverages and live music as they view an exhibit of the original work contained in the book.


The book will be available for sale, and authors Lucy Myers and Terri Unger will be available to sign copies. This book is the perfect holiday gift for anyone interested in the mission of

preserving, promoting and enhancing the historic and cultural resources of Essex County.For more information click here or e-mail Lucy Myers  or Terri Unger.
Thank you New Corporate Members!


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