MARCH 2012
In This Issue
2012 Photo Contest
Special Thanks to Corporate Members
Volunteer Corner
Northeast Harvest Conference

Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events

Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting

Tues., April 10, 8:00AM

Merrimack College

315 Turnpike Street

North Andover, MA 01810
Join us for a morning of engagement and updates on Essex Heritage activities and initiatives! Participate in this free, valuable networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and our partners. For more information.

Mon., April 2, 11:00am

Great Rivers of Salem

Salem State University 

Sullivan Building

Room 108  

Salem Sound Coastwatch presents an historical overview of Salem's North, South and Forest Rivers, showing where they've been filled in, how they've changed over the last 350 years and their current status. This event is free and open to the public. Find out more.

Photo Safari: Olympus
Downtown Newburyport & the Custom House Maritime Museum

Saturday, June 30
Photo Safari: Tamron
Lawrence Heritage State Park & North Canal Historic District

Saturday, July 21
Photo Safari: Nikon
The House of the Seven Gables, Salem
8am-12pm - Register
1pm-5pm - Register
Heritage Happenings Article Block

January-December 2012


11:00am - 3:00pm

Short Pay! All Out!

The Great Lawrence Strike of 1912

Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, 6th Floor

Lawrence, MA 01840 

A new free exhibition at the centennial of the Bread and Roses Strike takes the opportunity to examine this seminal moment in American history. It tells the fascinating story of the strike while also using it as a lens with which we can discuss pertinent issues facing our society today and in the future. Visit the virtual exhibit.

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

Historian Jim McAllister teachers "Salem 101", a chronological overview of the city's remarkable past from its founding in 1626 through Modern times. For more information contact Jim at (978) 745-6314 or email.

Saturday, March 10
10:00am - 2:00pm

Family Flyby: Animal Folklore

Sponsored by Joppa Flats Education Center
1 Plum Island Turnpike

Free-flow learning at Joppa Flats is fun for the whole family. There's simple science fun with coloring pages, crafts, and toys for ages 2 to 6; science experiments and group challenges for ages 7 and up; and outdoor exploration, seasonal live animals, and scheduled family presentations for everyone. For ticket prices and more information. 


Thursday March 22, 7:30pm

Marblehead & Joseph Storey: Before the War of 1812

Marblehead Museum

170 Washington Street

Marblehead, MA 01945 Popular speaker Bob Booth will discuss Joseph Story's involvement before the war, and Naval historian George Daughan will discuss the war and its importance in the establishment of the U.S. Navy. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 781-631-1768.


Friday, April 20, 9-10am

Green Meadows Farm

Spring Farm School 

656 Asbury Street

S. Hamilton, MA 01982  

Come see the new chickens laying, the baby lambs romping, the winter pigs rooting and the seedlings sprouting in the greenhouses we just finished recovering. April vacation is the perfect time to really see a burst of spring. We will walk around the farm, listen to the birds, look for bugs and maybe even gather a few fresh eggs. The farm stand will be open also in case you need milk, honey, meat... or whatever wonderful food you have been missing. $14 per child, all ages welcome. Learn more! 


April 21-29

National Park Week

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

2 New Liberty Street

Salem, MA 01970   

National Park Week is designated annually by Presidential proclamation as a week for celebration and recognition of America's National Parks. Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be fee free to celebrate National Park Week.  Click here for more information.

Wednesday, April 25
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Centennial Celebration Dinner Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA 01970 
The Black Tie optional event will include the annual Celebrate Salem Awards Ceremony, and will honor the exceptional centennial companies and organizations within the membership of the Salem Chamber, many of whom who have been a member since the Chamber's inception. Learn more here!

Saturday, April 21

Junior Ranger Day

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem, MA 01970 

Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week. Junior Ranger activity booklets are available at the National Park Service Orientation Center at 194 Derby Street or the National Park Service Visitor Center on New Liberty Street. Join Park Rangers and Volunteers throughout the park with fun, free, hands-on activities and learn more about the national parks that belong to you. Don't forget to see a Park Ranger to be sworn in as a Junior Ranger and receive your badge! Find out more!


"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. For more information,
email Jim or call


Save the Date!
June 2
National Trail Day
The Danvers Rail Trail is planning activities to dedicate the trail on June 2 - National Trails Day. Stay tuned for more information. 

Quick Links
2012 ENHA Photo Contest Launched: Shoot, Enter, Win!

Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the launch of the 2012 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest! All photographers are welcome to submit images to the Photo Contest that capturENHA Logoe the essence of the Essex National Heritage Area (ENHA) or speak to Essex Heritage's role in preserving the historic, cultural and natural treasures of Essex County. Photographs must be taken within the ENHA and represent one of this year's three contest categories. Check out the contest categories (and prizes!) and read the complete rules & requirements here.


Essex Heritage Photo Safaris

Need a little inspiration for your award winning submission? View the 2011 photo contest gallery and go on a Photo Safari this summer! Essex Heritage Photo Safaris provide the perfect environment to capture your award winning shot: eye-catching locations and state of the art digital equipment! For more information about the Safaris click here.

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Casino Developer References Byway

In his keynote remarks at the recent North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau's 6th Annual Tourism Summit, the CEO of the Suffolk Downs said of the byway, "It's really a great project, I'm sure we can find a way to get behind it." Read more!


Great Marsh ThreatenedENHA Logo

The expansive views of the storied Great Marsh that one finds along the byway's northern half are under attack. A new report aids regional efforts to combat the rapid advance of the invasive species phragmites Australis. Read more. 


Salem Launches Film Office  

The city of Salem recently opened a film office to help boost the local economy by attracting more movie makers. For more information.


Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner:
May 9, 2012 at the Peabody Essex Museum

ENHA LogoLast call to purchase a Sponsorship Package or ad for the 2012 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner. Celebrate Essex Heritage President Emeritus Tom Leonard with us. We welcome your interest in all available sponsorship and ad opportunities!


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.  We thank Beverly Cooperative Bank for their Lead Sponsorship contribution, and  North Shore Elder Services, The Phoenix School and Merrimack Savings Bank for Landmark Sponsorship contributions.

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. 

Submit Your Trails & Sails Events!ENHA Logo

Join the largest regional celebration of the historic, cultural and natural treasures of the Essex National Heritage Area - submit your Trails & Sails Event! Site host outreach for Trails & Sails events has begun and the online menu to submit events is officially open for business! The deadline for event submission is June 15th. To submit an event, contact Essex Heritage.


Essex Heritage will also like extend a big THANK YOU to TD Bank and Eastern Bank for their generous commitment to sponsor Trails & Sails 2012. Without their continued support and enthusiasm, Trails & Sails would not be possible. You can lend your support to help keep Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach event by becoming a member today!


A very special thanks 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 Crosby's Marketplace and North Shore Bank for renewing their commitment as a Sustainer Circle Members. In addition, Essex Heritage would like to thank Friends of Camp Denison for renewing their Supporter Circle membership! 


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

Heritage Volunteers

Our volunteers are a key cornerstone of the preservation, protection and enhancement of the unique and important resources of Essex County.  We are hoping to serve as a resource for you to share your volunteer opportunities with businesses and organizations around Essex County looking to help out. Please send us news of your volunteer activities!


Beach Cleanup

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

March 31 from 9am- 4pm (rain or shine!)

Come for an hour or two and enjoy the scenery while helping preserve wildlife habitats. For more information: Jean Adams, Volunteer Coordinator, 978-465-5753 X 208.

Save the Date for the Coastal Trail Coalition Annual Trail Clean-Up

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Riverwalk in Amesbury, Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury, Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport. More details will follow, but make sure you save the date to participate in this network-wide trail clean-up event! 


Announcing Northeast Harvest Agriculture Conference
Wednesday, March 28 from 8:30am - 3:00pm
Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield, MA.
Northeast Harvest is a non-profit organization that helps consumers discover, enjoy and support the farmers and local agriculture in Essex and Middlesex Counties.  Essex Heritage is proud to be a founding member of this vibrant organization that works to help sustain the farmers and agricultural producers in Essex County. For more information about their upcoming conference, read more here
MA History Day Winners Announced!

Essex Heritage was pleased to once again support students participating in the Massachusetts History Day by providing awards to the 2012 winners of the Massachusetts Regional Competition which took place earlier this month. Part of National History Day, this contest encourages students to produce papers, projects, performances, and media presentations based on their own research. Students use documents and historical records to create their projects and as part of the History and Social Science Frameworks of MA.


Longtime supporter, and Essex Heritage Trustee Emeritus, Dick St. Pierre attended the competition to present the awards. The theme this year was Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History. Liz Perrotta & Laura Jennings from Hamilton Wenham High School won for their project, "Horace Mann's Common School Revolution:  200 Years of Reaction & Reform" and Daniel Howlett from St. John's Prep won for his project, "Cotton Mather:  Reaction to Salem Witchcraft 1692." Congratulations to all the students who participated!

A Heritage Welcome!

Essex Heritage extends a warm welcome to new part-time staffer and intern.


Jill Ennis, a senior at Endicott College, is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Minors in Computer Science and Applied Math. Jill will be working at Essex Heritage as an intern for her spring semester, her various projects include updating and organizing data structures for improved functionality of the Essex Heritage Website.  Jill grew up in Wilmington, MA and she enjoys music and travelling.


Ryan Coates worked at Essex Heritage as an intern during his fall semester at Endicott College where he is a senior studying Computer Information Systems. This spring, he plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. Essex Heritage is pleased to have Ryan for the spring semester to work on updating the mobile website and database for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.  Ryan grew up in Wethersfield, CT and he enjoys music, playing guitar and soccer.

Thank YOU Corporate Members!


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