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In This Issue
Heritage Hero Honorary Committee Announced
Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting
Attend a Trails & Sails Planning Session
Special Thanks to Corporate Members
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
America's Summit on National Parks
Congressional Caucus for National Heritage Areas
Federal Historic Tax Credit
Announcing New Grants Resource

Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events

Saturdays, January 21 thru February 25
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Featured Partner Event
Historic New England Presents:
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. Join the museum staff for a special house tour that shows how the family lived  through the winter months. Details here.

Saturday, February 18, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930
Join NOAA maritime archaeologists for a tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Maritime Sanctuary's historic shipwrecks and presentation of the 45 minute Science Channel's Viewers Choice award-winning documentary, "The Wreck of the Steamship Portland." This event received a 2011 Trails & Sails "People's Choice Award" for being a top ten, fan favorite!
Details here.

Saturday, February, 21
7:00 PM
Featured Partner Event

The House of the Seven Gables Presents:

An Evening 'Melopoeia' Celebrating the
170th Wedding Anniversary of Nathaniel & Sophia
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970

Celebrate Nathaniel and Sophia's travels through Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Enjoy a reading of Spanish and American poetry, Portuguese ballads, period love poems as well as original pieces read by eminent poets accompanied by a classical guitarist. Enjoy cake and champagne at the end of the evening! Details here

Saturday, February 25 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Winter Woods, Snowshoeing (or Hike)!
Camp Denison Conservation Area
84 Nelson Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
Grab your snowshoes explore the winter woods! Discover Camp Denison Conservation Area's dynamic landscape on a guided excursion. We plan to cover about a mile of trail (1+ hour) and will hike in the event that there is no snow! Warm up in front of the large fireplace in the Lodge's 'Smokies' Den while enjoying post-walk treats. Find out more.
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February 3 - May 6
Picture This: 90 Years of Storybook Art
Wenham Museum
132 Main Street
Wenham, MA 

Celebrate Wenham Museum's 90th year with a new exhibit that explores how toys have provided inspiration to authors and illustrators and features classic toy stories that come to life through more than 50 original storybook illustrations. Details here.

Sundays, February 5 thru March 25

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
"People & Place"
Ipswich Museum
Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

Each Sunday features a guest photographer, guest senior, storytelling, treasure hunt, and an added feature "A Few of my Favorite Things".
For information call 978-356-2811 or click here. 
February 10 - 14
10th Annual
Salem's So Sweet

Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival
Salem, MA 01970
Celebrate Valentine's Day in Salem with more than fifteen large ice sculptures, chocolate samplings and great discounts
! Details here.

Saturday, February 11
Merrimack River
Eagle Festival

Newburyport, MA 

Celebrate the seasonal return of bald eagles to the Merrimack Valley! The Newburyport area along the river is alive with the spectacular sight of wintering bald eagles flying, fishing, and sitting in the sun. Volunteers help visitors find eagles and other winter specialties and answer questions about behaviors and habitats. Details here.


Sunday February 12

2:00 PM

Herbal Workshop  

Marblehead Museum & Historical Society

170 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945

Join Rita Wollmering of the Herb Farmacy to learn about traditional uses of New England herbs and make some lovely gifts to bring home. Participants will be provided with a variety of herbs and containers to make five different herb products! Details here. 

Sunday, February 12
6:00 PM
Moonlight Snowshoe
491 S. Main Street Goldsmith Woodlands

Andover, MA
Join AVIS for a family moonlight snowshoe and cross country ski trek for all ages and abilities. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. No registration, No pets. Hike if no snow, rain cancels. Leaders Burt Batcheller 978-475-3665 & David Dargie 978-996-
Details here.

Sunday, February 12
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Ecology of
Mammals in Winter
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA, 01983

Naturalist, tracker, and Maine Guide Bob Metcalfe explores the sanctuary in winter. Discover strategies animals use to survive winter months. Search for evidence of how animals find food, water, and shelter; methods they utilize to conserve their energy; and more. Dress warmly. Registration required. Details here.

Wed., February 15
12:00 PM
Motown and the Civil Rights Movement 
North Shore Community College, Lecture Hall A, Spurk Building
Haverhill, MA
Motown historian Tom Ingrassia gives a multimedia presentation examining the role of Motown and the Civil Rights Movement in recognition of Black History Month at Northern Essex Community College. This presentation carries participants back in time, to a turbulent era in American history, when the music of Motown was "The Music of Young America." Contact Ernie Greenslade at 978-556-3862,
the NECC Student Engagement Center 978-556-3731 or email.

Friday, February 17
Salem State University Community Service Day Deadline
Salem State University is organizing a Community Service Day on April 20, 2012 among faculty, staff and students at Salem State to contribute to improving the quality of life on the North Shore of Boston. If your non-profit is interested in structuring a project to benefit your organization on this date please contact Bruce Perry at Salem State University, call 978-542-6435 on or before Friday, February 17.


Tuesdays, February 21 thru March 27
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Salem 101:
A History Course

Historian, Jim McAllister teaches "Salem 101," a chronological overview of the city's remarkable past from its founding in 1626 thru modern times. Topics  include, architecture, preservation, 1692 witch trials, maritime Salem, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the age of culture, development of city's industrial and retail economies and more. Course fee is $90. Refreshments provided. Registration required: contact Jim McAllister at (978) 745-6314 or e-mail.

Tuesday, February 28
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
seARTS Annual Meeting
Shalin Liu
Performance Center

37 Main Street 
Rockport, MA 01966
Attend this reception and brief business meeting featuring guest speakers active in Cultural District planning, development and hands-on management. Join the discussion about Cultural Districts as a way to boost cultural economy and enhance quality of life. Details here.

March 1 - 8
5th Annual
Salem Film Fest
Locations throughout downtown Salem, MA 01970

Be part of the excitement! This late-winter, early spring event is beginning to draw a national audience as New England's largest all-documentary film festival. Details here.

"A Love Song for Salem:
A Visual Tribute"  

Jim McAllister's nostalgic slide presentation offers "an impressionistic portrait of a place, a visual poem, a time capsule." Featuring dozens of images representing four seasons, five neighborhoods, and fifteen years (1978- 1993) of photographing. Jim
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Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner:
May 9, 2012 at the Peabody Essex Museum

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Essex Heritage is proud to introduce the Honorary Committee for the 2012 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner. This group of committed business colleagues, volunteers and friends of the 2012 Award recipient, Thomas M. Leonard, is chaired by Joseph M. Gibbons, President & CEO of Salem Five. Plans to honor Tom are underway and we anticipate an exciting evening at the fifth annual Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner 


Essex Heritage is grateful to regional and local businesses that have made an early commitment to the Heritage Hero Event through sponsorship and program ad patronage. A special thanks to Eastern Bank and Saugusbank for their support as a Banner Sponsors. We thank Hunt's Photo & Video and The Provident Bank for Lead Sponsorship contributions, Green Meadows Farm, Hospice of the North Shore, North Shore Community College and St. John's Preparatory School for Landmark Sponsorship contributions and Salem State University for sponsoring a table and Wire 4 Hire for sponsoring a toast.

Please join us in honoring Tom!
Tickets are available for purchase online and we welcome your interest in all available sponsorship opportunities.
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Thanks to Salem Five for their generous commitment as the Presenting Sponsor of this event. 

Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting!
Save the Date: April 10

Join us for a morning of engagement in Cascia Hall at Merrimack College! Participate in this FREE, valuable networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and our partners. For more information and to RSVP click here.


About Cascia Hall: This New England style wooden church building was saved from demolition when donated and moved to Merrimack College in 1996. Cascia Hall now serves as a venue for concerts, lectures, and performances for the College community.  


A special thanks to the School of Education at Merrimack College for hosting the Annual Spring Meeting. Learn more about the College's unique Community Engagement programs designed to engage students in making a difference locally and globally. 

Attend a Trails & Sails Planning Session!ENHA Logo

There are many ways for heritage sites, organizations and businesses to participate in the 11th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, taking place September 21-23 & September 28-30, 2012! Event submission will begin online next month. We seek all kinds of experiences appealing to all ages, skill levels and interests so spread the word! Together we can continue to offer the LARGEST collection of unique and exciting experiences in our region.


Get Involved! All past and prospective event hosts are invited to attend a Trails & Sails planning session to learn more about the benefits of hosting an event. Connect with other event hosts, generate ideas for events, scheduling, and marketing and promoting your site to thousands of people who participate in Trails & Sails each year. Email Emily to add your organization to the event host line-up and let her know which of the following Trails & Sails planning sessions you can attend:

  • Friday, March 2, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    Beverly Historical Society's Cabot House
    117 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
  • Thursday, March 8, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
    6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
A very special thanks you to TD Bank and Eastern Bank for their generous commitment to sponsor Trails & Sails 2012. Without their contributions, Trails & Sails would not be possible.
Special Thanks to Corporate Members

Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to our new and renewing corporate members! Thank you to Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank for renewing their commitment as a Sustainer Circle Members and to Merrimack College for becoming a new Corporate Sustainer Circle Member. In addition, Essex Heritage would like to thank St. John's Preparatory School and Atlantic Hospitality Group, Inc. for renewing their Supporter Circle memberships!  


Business contributions to Essex Heritage illustrate a strong demonstration of your company's investment in the unique quality of life we enjoy in the Essex National Heritage Area. Find out more here.  


Become a member at any level! Discover special places and experiences throughout the county. Your tax-deductible Essex Heritage Membership 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

View Scenic Byway Photos

Photo by: June Rhodes, Gloucester 

Over 50 great photos of the byway can be viewed on the byway's *NEW* Facebook page. The photos were submitted to the 2011 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest in the category "Experiencing the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway." To see photos, click here.


Byway Featured in Tourism Guides

Thanks to the ongoing support of the region's leading tourism advocates - chambers of commerce and destination management organizations - information about the byway will appear in several annual guides promoting visitation to the region.       


Newburyport Planning Heritage Trail App 

To help visitors and residents better understand and experience the city's three and half centuries of history, city leaders seek to create a technology-supported Clipper Heritage Trail. Read more.

Director Harris speaks at
America's Summit on National Parks

The leading advocates for the National Park Service (NPS) recently gathered in Washington, DC to discuss the future of the Park Service. Essex Heritage executive director, Annie Harris, was invited to speak about "Connecting and Conserving Cultural Landscapes." She was joined on the panel by Stephanie Toothman, NPS Associate Director for Cultural Resources and Deanna Beacham, American Indian Specialist.


The panelists discussed the importance of integrating cultural and natural resource preservation strategies - especially for large landscape conservation. Ms. Harris emphasized the role that strong public-private partnerships must play in the future of the National Parks since the NPS cannot own and manage all of the landscapes and resources that scientists and educators say need to be conserved. "American citizens will not tolerate so much public ownership, and besides, we don't have the money," observed Ms. Harris. Ms. Harris used examples of the successful partnerships that Essex Heritage has formed with the National Park Service at the Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites and projects such as Friendship Sails! and the summer youth job corps to illustrate her points. Read more (pdf).    

Good News for National Heritage Areas!

The US Congressional Caucus for National Heritage Areas is introducing legislation to standardize the heritage area program within the Park Service and establish a process for creating new areas. The bill has support from Republicans and Democrats as both see the benefits of National Heritage Areas. Congressman Tierney and Congresswoman Tsongas have both signed on as original sponsors of the bill.

Federal Historic Tax Credit

Perhaps no act of the US Congress has done more to preserve historic buildings, revitalize old cities, and "level the playing field" between new construction and historic rehabilitation than the Federal Historic Tax Credit Act of 1980. The Act is now targeted for elimination and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has made saving the historic tax credit act the centerpiece of their advocacy work. If you would like to learn more about the act and National Trust's position on it, there is information here.  

Announcing New Grants Resource
for Essex County Nonprofits:

Grants Resource Center at ECCF

Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the EBSCO Publishing Grants Resource Center at ECCF (GRC). In partnership with Associated Grant Makers and sponsored by EBSCO Publishing, the GRC is a valuable research database for nonprofits seeking new funding sources through regional, national and international granting foundations. The GRC is a portal located at Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers that provides access, free of charge, to two databases: AGM's Grant Makers Directory which consists of in-depth data on 400 funders that grant in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online which includes over 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant-making public charities. Read more here

Thank YOU Corporate Members!



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