Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Saturday, June 9
8:30am - 10:00am
Walk the Eastern
Jerry Klima, Salisbury Selectman and Coastal Trails advocate, leads an interpretive walk of the Old Eastern Marsh Trail! Enjoy an easy walk on this 1.3 mile paved rail trail from the bank of the Merrimack River through woods and pristine sections of the Great Marsh offering beautiful views, world-class bird watching, abundant wildlife and interpretive signs that shed light on the history of this region. Our early start will increase our odds of spotting wildlife, including turtles commonly out along the trail digging nests and laying their eggs, during their peak laying season! Find out more.
Tuesday, June 19
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Endecott Pear Tree Celebration & Lecture
8am-12pmPhoto Safari: OlympusDowntown Newburyport & the Custom House Maritime Museum
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
102 Endicott Street
This collaborative event features a lecture on, and visit to, the Endecott Pear Tree, the oldest planted living fruit tree in North America! This event is part of the Essex Heritage Partnership Lecture Series to promote healthy and ecologically friendly connections in our community. To register or for more information click here
RegisterSaturday, June 308am-12pmPhoto Safari: TamronLawrence Heritage State Park & North Canal Historic DistrictRegisterSaturday, July 21Photo Safari: NikonThe House of the Seven Gables, Salem8am-12pm - Register1pm-5pm - Register
Friday, April 13
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
It's Big Night!
Sponsored by Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row
Each spring, wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. Witnessing the experience can be spectacular. Participants take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail. Stops feature live animals to see and learn about. The trail leads to a vernal pool where animals and their eggs may be seen. Don't miss this exciting educational night of family fun! Registration is required. Find out more.
Wednesday, April 18,
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fantastic Wood Sculptures
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street
Bend and fasten wood into your own imaginative creations! The sky is the limit with help of hammers, nails, and paint! $10 for the class. For additional information or to pre-register, click here.
Thursday, April 19
2012 Schooner Adventure Lecture:
Natural History of
Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Avenue,
Christopher McGuire, Marine Program Director at
The Massachusetts Nature Conservancy speaks on "Ocean Use Planning in New England: Supporting Resilient Ocean Ecosystems and Sustainable Marine Industries" Free admission.
For more info call 978-281-8079, email or find out more here.
Friday, April 20, 9-10am
Spring Farm School
Green Meadows Farm
656 Asbury Street
See new chickens laying, baby lambs romping, winter pigs rooting and seedlings sprouting in the greenhouses. April school vacation is the perfect time to see a burst of spring. 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 in case you need milk, honey, meat...or whatever wonderful food you have been missing. $14 per child, all ages welcome. Learn more!
National Park Week
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
2 New Liberty Street
Salem 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.
Saturday, April 21
Junior Ranger Day
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
2 New Liberty Street Salem
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!
Wednesday, April 25
Salem Chamber of Commerce Centennial Celebration Dinner Peabody Essex Museum
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 288:30 AM - 5:00 PMBread & Roses Centennial Academic SymposiumLawrence History Center6 Essex StreetLawrence
All day symposium with more than 50 presenters in several panels discussing the history of the Great Lawrence Textile Strike and its relevance in 2012. Historians, community activities, trade unionists, and students present their work. Walking tours of Lawrence strike sites, luncheon speaker, and closing cultural event. $25.00, conference materials, luncheon, and morning and afternoon break.
For more information call (978) 686-9230, email
or find out more here
May 20, 2:00pm
23 Harbor Loop
Join Maritime Gloucester as they host a ceremony dedicating their main pier to Harriet Webster. The pier will be named for Harriet in recognition of her many contributions to Maritime Gloucester. For more information please call 978-281-0470.
The Danvers Rail Trail is planning activities to dedicate the trail on June 2 - National Trails Day. Stay tuned for more information.
Save the Date!
National Trail Day
Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner:
Honoring Thomas M. Leonard
May 9, 2012 at the PEM
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce that Kevin M. Tierney, Sr., President & CEO of Saugusbank and immediate Past President of Essex Heritage will be the Master of Ceremonies for this year's evening celebration. The excitement and support for this year's Heritage Hero award recipient, Thomas M. Leonard, is inspiring! Tom has been a lifelong advocate for our region and we hope you can join us to fete him and his accomplishments. Please join us in honoring Tom! Ticket and table reservations can be made online here.
Essex Heritage is grateful to the businesses that support the Heritage Hero Award Dinner. We thank C.P. Berry Homes for their Lead Sponsorship contribution, People's United for their Landmark Sponsorship, and Danvers Historical Society and Hawthorne Hotel for their table Sponsorship contributions.
Thanks to Salem Five for their generous commitment as the Presenting Sponsor
of this event.
Survey: How can we improve our website?
Essex Heritage is working to improve our website content and design. Please take a moment to answer our brief survey, yes, we said it, "brief". It will take about 2 minutes and will provide valuable information as we work to make our website more valuable to our partners, residents and visitors to this region.
Essex Heritage Receives TD Charitable Foundation Grant
TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently awarded $5,000 to Essex Heritage as part of the bank's commitment to giving back to the community.
The grant will allow for the hiring of three additional under-served youth to start working in the Salem and Saugus National Parks through the Youth Summer Jobs program. The program brings under-served youth to the parks to work for 8 to 12 weeks in a variety of jobs including; maintenance, administration, visitor services and interpretation. Participants receive employment training and gain valuable leadership skills. Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are grateful for the generosity of TD Charitable Foundation and their support for the Youth Summer Jobs program.
|Calling All Photo Enthusiasts:
Photo Safari Registration Now Open!
Experience inspiration through your lens this spring and summer - attend an Essex National Heritage Area Photo Safari!
Sponsored by New England's largest
photography retailer, Hunt's Photo & Video and five major camera equipment companies, Photo Safaris provide the perfect blend of historic exploration with modern-day digital photography advances. Photographers of all levels can expand their skills with unlimited use of high-quality photo equipment during visits to incredibly beautiful Essex National Heritage Area locations.
Join us and capture Newburyport's maritime heritage; Gloucester's historic working waterfront; architectural details of Lawrence's industrial-era landscape and canals; historic houses and vistas at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem; and the renowned gardens and blooming flower fields at The Trustees of Reservations' Long Hill in Beverly. Find out more and register for a Photo Safari here!
First Cultural Districts on the Byway
Congratulations to arts, community, and business leaders in Lynn, Gloucester, and Rockport whose communities host three of the first five Cultural Districts designated by the state. The coastal byway links all three. Read more here.
Towards Better Biking & Walking in Gloucester
For reasons related to transportation, health, environment, and tourism, byway communities often seek to improve local biking and walking conditions. Gloucester is currently in the midst of developing a "Complete Streets" approach. For an overview, click here.
A sure sign of spring is the Newburyport ArtWalk on Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22. Galleries, studios, music, demonstrations, artist receptions, refreshments and more. For the scoop, click here.
Heritage Area Executive Director Invited to White House
Essex Heritage Executive Director Annie C. Harris had a unique opportunity last month to participate in a special White House Conference on conservation and growing America's outdoor heritage and economy. Harris, one of an elite group of conservation leaders representing all of the 50 states, attended discussions led by the Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, and participated in a workshop with the Director of the National Park Service, Jon Jarvis.
President Obama spoke at the close of the conference emphasizing that protecting, connecting with, and restoring our great outdoors will produce both a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Harris said, "It was refreshing to be with so many people who understand that good conservation benefits everyone - business, individuals and communities. It is something that is well understood in this region as can be seen in the many businesses that support the work of Essex Heritage."
A Coast for Every Classroom:
Workshop July 30 - August 3
In partnership with Essex Heritage, Salem Maritime has received a National Park Foundation grant to support a week-long teacher workshop. Salem Maritime National Historic Site was one of six parks in the Northeast Region chosen to pilot a new program: A Coast for Every Classroom. The program seeks to enter into collaborative relationships with educators to expand the educational opportunities in our national parks. Through this program, educators participate in professional development workshops that immerse them in the resources of a site with the goal of creating place-based programs for students.
Using community-based resources including Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the Peabody Essex Museum and Salem State University's Cat Cove Marine Laboratory, educators who participate in A Coast for Every Classroom will rediscover the coastal environment of Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area in order to enhance student education. For an application to attend the workshop please contact Essex Heritage.
Calling All Endecotts-Endicotts!
Descendants of the first and longest serving Governor of Massachusetts, John Endecott, are planning a reunion to celebrate his life and legacy from June 17-22, 2012. Among the many exciting events planned for the five-day reunion is a lecture on, and visit to the Endecott Pear Tree, Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00 PM. This event, held in collaboration with Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, North Shore Medical Center, Danvers Historical Society and Essex Heritage features the oldest living fruit tree in North America. For tickets or more information click here.
Trails & Sails Participant Challenge!
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, will take place September 21-23 & September 28-30, 2012. Essex Heritage and our partners are already making plans! This year, we are pleased to announce that REI has stepped up, once again, to sponsor a Trails & Sails participant challenge!
The Challenge: Visit as many unique events as possible over the two Trails & Sails weekends in order to be entered to win a Novara hybrid bike from REI!
Ready to accept? Sign in! On August 1st, participants can sign-in online via the Trails & Sails website. Over the two Trails & Sails weekends, participants will be asked to sign-in at each event they attend. Each time you sign-in at an event, you will up your chances of winning one of two Novara hybrid bikes!
Event hosts, are you ready to roll? There is still plenty of time to plan and submit your event, or become a Trails & Sails event host! The deadline for event submission is June 15th. To submit an event, contact Essex Heritage.
Trails & Sails 2012 is generously sponsored by:
Special Thanks to Corporate Members
Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to our new and renewing corporate members!
Thank you to The Provident Bank and Union Oyster House for renewing their commitment as Sustainer Circle Members, and for their continued support of the mission and goals of Essex Heritage. A special thanks to Charlie Cullen, President & CEO of The Provident Bank who chairs the Essex Heritage Development Committee. Charlie's personal and professional commitment to Essex Heritage is greatly appreciated.
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 Area Volunteer Opportunities
Essex Heritage is pleased to highlight interesting and fun volunteer opportunities from around the Heritage Area. If you would like to share volunteer opportunities, please send them to us.
Saturday, April 21, 8AM - 1PM
Groundwork Lawrence - Earth Day, Comcast Cares Day
Join nearly 1,000 volunteers from over 20 sites in the city of Lawrence for a fun day of clean-up and beautification. For more information click here.
Saturday, April 28, 9AM - 12noon
Newburyport Clean Sweep, Cashman Park, Newburyport
It's cleanup time again! Clean Sweep starts with a kickoff breakfast and site assignments at Cashman Park. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lisė Reid, Parks Coordinator at 978-465-4462.
Saturday, April 28
Coastal Trails Coalition Annual Trail Clean-Up
Save the date to participate in this network-wide trail clean-up event that includes the Riverwalk in Amesbury, the Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury, and the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport. Find out more.
Thank YOU Corporate Members!