June 2011 Headline Image
In This Issue
2012 Essex Heritage Hero Announced!
Quality of Life Survey
Photo Contest Winners Announced
Welcome Reception
Corporate Members
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Grant Spotlight
Author Lecture &
Book Signing
Read About the Region
Thank you
Corporate Members!

Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events

Featured Partner Event
Presented by:
NPS & Essex Heritage
Thursday, December 15
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Open House, Author Lecture & Book Signing
2 New Liberty Street
Salem, MA 01970
Marblehead-based historian and author Robert Booth presents an illustrated lecture, When Salem Ruled the World: Salem's Global Empire of Trade and Why it Failed, 1790-1830, based on his new book Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest City. Essex Heritage members, receive 15% off the purchase price of Death of an Empire.
For details click here.
Featured Partner Event
Presented by:
Essex County Greenbelt Association:
January 14-15 
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM  
Sled Dog Races 
Appleton Farms  
Check details for entrance and directions 
A now annual event not to be missed! The Sled Dog Races return with a new start and finish line at the Trustees of Reservation's (TTOR) Appleton Farm. The courses will run through Greenbelt, TTOR and Essex County Trail Association conserved properties. Stop by and join us for something warm to drink! Find out more
Heritage Happenings Article Block
December 2 - 10
Maritime Museum Silent Wreath Auction
Custom House Maritime Museum
25 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Auction features an impressive collection of one-of-a-kind hand crafted wreaths created by local artisans and businesses to benefit the Custom House Maritime Museum. Find out more.
December 3 - 17
5th Annual Gingerbread Contest
Wenham Museum
132 Main Street
Wenham, MA 01984
Bakers of all ages are invited to participate in this year's annual gingerbread contest. Celebrate the history of the North Shore with gingerbread renditions of the region's most iconic landmarks! Find out more here or call Mary McDonald at 978-468-2377 x119. 
Thursday, December 8
2:00 PM
Reading of Snowbound
The Whittier Home Historic Museum
86 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
Gus Reusch, curator of the Whittier Birthplace, presents a reading of "Snowbound" in the person of our Quaker poet followed by our Holiday Membership Tea. Guests welcome ($5). Find out more.

Friday, December 9
7:30 PM
Wanderbird's Adventures in the Arctic
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
Essex, MA  01929
Captains Rick and Karen Miles, of the expedition vessel Wanderbird, present a slideshow of their travels to Newfoundland, Labrador and Greenland. Be amazed as they bring you to the lands of the Inuit, icebergs, polar bears, glaciers, Aurora Borealis and so much more. Find out more.

Saturday, December 10 1:30 PM
Holiday Hike Annual Stroll with Santa
Hobart St. parking lot
Danvers, MA  
Santa joins us to inspect the improvements along the Rail Trail! Learn how you can sponsor a mile marker to help with trail improvements. We'll hike south to Collins St. and then enjoy seasonal refreshments and a raffle upon our return. Meet near Cherry Street Fish Market. Rain date 12/11. Call Laura for details 978-777-4661. Find out more.

December 10

18th Annual Holiday House Tour
Newburyport, MA 01950
Tour features a selection of homes representing four centuries of Newburyport area history, culture and lifestyle. Each home elegantly decorated in finest holiday fashion; all wrapped in a day full of holiday magic and surprise! Find out more.

Sunday, December 11
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Annual Community Holiday Open House
The Whittier Home Historic Museum
86 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913

Guests welcomed by lovely strains of seasonal music by classical guitarist Sharon Netzley, of Haverhill, and Mister Whittier. The Whittier women volunteers invite one and all to enjoy the artistic holiday décor and Victorian style table of delectable treats. The gift shop will be open to provide visitors with special gifts for the holidays. Find out more.

Saturday, December 17
1:00 - 5:00 PM
"Be A Match"
Bone Marrow Drive

Alfalfa Farm Winery
267 Rowley Bridge Road
Topsfield, MA
A simple swab of the inside of your cheek will yield enough information to determine if you are a match for the type of person needing a bone marrow transplant to face the challenge of any number of blood-related diseases. Find out more, call 978-774-0014.

Sunday, December 18
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Appreciation Day

Alfalfa Farm Winery

267 Rowley Bridge Road
Topsfield, MA
The Alfalfa Farm Winery is offering wine tastings, music and delicious Cabot Creamery Vermont cheeses to complement their wines. Plus, a wonderful raffle. Find out more.

Sunday, January 1, 2012
1:00 PM
First Day Hikes

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
All 50 of America's State Parks will sponsor free, guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year's Day 2012! First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at a state park. Get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Find a First Day Hike Near you!

Tuesday, January 11
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Introduction to Grants Research
Essex County Community Foundation
175 Andover Street 
Danvers, MA
Whether you are new to grant writing or just need a refresher, this is the first course you need to get started. Join us to learn about the myriad of resources to research funding opportunities for your program or organization. Appropriate for anyone interested in fundraising through foundation grants.
Fee: $20.00. Find out more
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2012 Essex Heritage Hero Announced!
ENHA LogoEssex Heritage and the National Park Service are pleased to partner to present the 2012 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner on Wednesday, May 9 honoring Thomas M. Leonard! We are delighted to celebrate Tom, an enduring advocate for heritage preservation in Essex County whose long and distinguished career with Salem Five reinforced his pursuits as a strong community leader. Tom consistently works closely with area elected officials and business groups to raise awareness of the dedicated efforts being accomplished for this region and has been instrumental in advancing the preservation and promotion of area resources.

Salem Five, a mutual banking institution founded in 1855 and one of the largest Massachusetts-based banks, has graciously offered to be the lead sponsor for this event. A special thanks to Salem Five for their incredible and long-standing commitment to Essex Heritage and Tom Leonard.         

The Peabody Essex Museum, in its spirit of community support, has offered the Museum as the location for the 2012 event.  Essex Heritage would like to extend much appreciation to the PEM for their support and commitment. Stay tuned for event, ticket and sponsorship details available in 2012 here.
Take Part! Quality of Life Survey
"What is meant by the term 'quality of life' in Essex County?" and "How do we measure its value?" In response to questions posed by the Essex National Heritage Commission, Salem State University's Center for Economic Development & Sustainability is conducting a study which seeks to define the quality of life in this region and measure its economic value. You can help us by taking this very quick survey here


The study seeks to identify what the residents, business owners and employees in this region value most about living and working in this area. Are there indicators of value that are held in common across the north shore? Let us know what you think! The research will assign economic value to these indicators and then compare the results with other regions around the world. Please participate, take this brief and fun survey.

2011 Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Grand Prize Photo by Marion Bayly, Early Morning Marsh

Photographers searched out the best and most beautiful locations for their award-winning submissions to the Essex Heritage Photo Contest. Presented by Essex Heritage and sponsored by Hunt's Photo and Video, the 2011 contest showcases the natural, cultural and historic treasures that define Essex County. Of the 140 images submitted, 13 winning images were selected by a panel of judges including representatives from Essex Heritage, the National Park Service, Hunt's Photo & Video, and photographer Robert Ring of New England Photo Workshops. The Grand Prize Winner was Marion J. Bayly of Speculator, NY for her photograph, "Early Morning Marsh." See the 2011 Photo Contest winners, click here


Join us on December 13, 5:15 PM, when contest winners will be presented with awards at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem where winning images will be exhibited for one year. The award presentation will be followed by a reception welcoming the new Superintendent of Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, Michael Quijano-West. See details below. 

Welcome Reception for NPS
Superintendent Michael Quijano-West

ENHA LogoEssex National Heritage Commission in partnership with the Salem Chamber of Commerce and Destination Salem are hosting a reception to welcome the new Superintendent of Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, Michael Quijano-West. The reception will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 PM at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, Mass.


Essex Heritage has a strong partnership with the National Park Service. "We are lucky that we have had several Superintendents who understand the benefit of partnerships and have welcomed our relationship to extend the educational reach of the park service beyond the park boundaries," said Essex Heritage Executive Director, Annie Harris. "Our collaboration has allowed all of Essex County to benefit from their educational and interpretive resources. Our partnership is strong and growing and we look forward to working with Mr. Quijano-West to expand our efforts even further." RSVP here

Special Thanks to Corporate Members

Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to our corporate members! Beverly Cooperative Bank, Geller MicroAnalytical Laboratory, Inc., Granite Savings Bank, Haverhill Bank, and Pentucket Bank for renewing their commitments as Sustainer Circle Members. In addition, Essex Heritage would like to thank Endicott College who has renewed its Supporter Circle Membership! 


Become a member at any level! Discover special places and experiences throughout the county. Your tax-deductible Essex Heritage Membership makes a great holiday gift and helps to support programs that enhance, preserve and promote the unique historic, cultural and natural resources found within the Essex National Heritage Area. Join today

Celebrate the Holidays on the Byway!
Travel the byway to experience the best of the New England holiday season! Here is a sampling of the byway events planned to get you in the spirit. To find out more click here.

Ipswich Visitor Center Welcomes New Director
ENHA LogoKerrie Bates recently started as the new executive director of the Ipswich Visitor Center. She replaces Bill Nelson who ably managed the town-owned Hall Haskell House and a large corps of volunteers for the past decade. Plans include a new nonprofit organization to operate the facility which is located directly on the byway. Find out more here.
Running Tours of Salem Offered
Run, don't walk, to see some of Salem's most famous historic sites. RunSalem Tours recently began offering guided 5K running tours of the city. Grab your shoes and click here.
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Salem Athenaeum Bicentennial Book With support from an Essex Heritage Partnership grant the Salem Athenaeum has published a book commemorating its two hundred years in formal existence. Among its contents, The Salem Athenaeum in 2010: A Bicentennial Celebration presents a history of the library since its centennial in 1910 and features photographs and graphics highlighting the library's collections and decorative holdings.


As one of the few remaining membership libraries in the country, the Athenaeum is a Salem institution and houses over 50,000 volumes in its handsome historic brick building. In keeping with its mission to enrich the lives of its members and its North Shore community the library offers a wide range of learning resources, programs, and events. From more information, click here.  

Visitor Center Open House Features Talk & Book Signing by Author Robert Booth
ENHA LogoSalem Maritime National Historic Site, is pleased to welcome Marblehead-based historian and author Robert Booth to the Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Booth will be presenting an illustrated lecture entitled When Salem Ruled the World: Salem's Global Empire of Trade and Why it Failed, 1790-1830, based on his new book Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest City followed by a book signing in the bookstore. Read more (pdf).

Essex Heritage members, teachers with an ID card, and Eastern National members will get 15% off the purchase price of Death of an Empire.
ENHA Logo Read About the Region
Salem in Stereo, by Nelson Dionne is a collection of 70 images of  Victorian Salem from the 1870s with a 3D viewer and wire binding for easy viewing. Dionne, a retired Salem police officer is a lifelong collector of Salem memorabilia. In this book he shares with the reader 70 rare stereo views of early Salem from his collection. Primarily popular from the 1860s to the 1880s very few stereo views have survived. Dionne has collected these Salem Stereo views over the past twenty years and there are many more that could create a second volume in the series. The viewer will be enclosed with the purchase of the book, and gives you a 3D look at Victorian Salem. To find out more or purchase a copy of this book click here.
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