September 2012      
Developing the Future Vision for the National Park Service
Annie Harris, Executive Director of Essex Heritage, recently attended a meeting of the National Park Service's Advisory Board's planning committee in Washington, D.C. The planning committee includes fifteen members representing a wide base of expertise in natural resources, cultural resources and community groups.


"Our vision for the next century of the National Park Service is for a system of parks, protected areas, and programs that more fully represent all of our heritage - natural, cultural and historic," said Harris.  "Two of our highest priorities are to be more inclusive of people and stories that have not been interpreted by NPS and also to provide more access for urban populations to NPS parks and programs."


Read A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement.

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Trails & Sails!

Get ready to experience the sights and sounds of the Essex National Heritage Area during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, September 21-23 and 28-30, 2012!   


Enjoy the best of our region - for FREE. This year, Essex Heritage has partnered with a diverse network of local sites to offer two spectacular weekends of more than 200 FREE events. Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, paddles, historical tours, and other adventures.


Get Started! See the full listing of events and plot your course at 


Be sure to Explore More - take the 2012 Participant Challenge to win a bike from REI!


Trails & Sails 2012 is generously sponsored by:


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Byway Sites Prominent in Trails & Sails

Approximately 50% of this year's Trails & Sails events occur in byway communities, making the byway your gateway to fun and adventure. Check it out at           


Byway Website Enhanced

Searching for things to see and do is now easier thanks to new search features recently added to the byway web page: Check it out and let us know what you think.


Improvements for Ipswich Trail System    

17th Century Saturdays Ends on October 6

Time is running out to explore an architectural treasure from America's first century. Over 25 "First Period" buildings (1625-1725) are open to the public on Saturday, October 6. Check them out!

Photo Contest Deadline Fast Approaching!
Deadline for submission: October 1, 2012 

Give it a shot! All photographers are invited to submit images to Essex Heritage's 2012 Photo Contest.

All submissions are due by October 1, 2012. Photographs must be taken within the Heritage Area and represent one of this year's three contest categories: "Images of the Essex National Heritage Area", "The Merrimack Valley" or "In Town/Downtown." 

Sponsored by the Essex National Heritage Commission, Hunt's Photo & Video and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the 2012 Photo Contest will award 10-13 prizes to photographers.
Shoot, Enter, and Win! Find out more.
October is
Membership Month!


Make TRAILS & SAILS last all year long...  

Join today! As a member, you will receive discounts to events that we plan across the region, a free Trails & Sails guide, our e-newsletter, access to our knowledgeable staff, and more. Your mission-based support allows us to continue to support the sustainability of this region - your heritage. Please join today to help us shape the future of our region! If you are a member, invite a friend to join!


Your support matters. Essex Heritage relies on your membership to fulfill our mission, support our partners, and encourage stewardship of our treasured resources. Thank you!

Thanks to Our Corporate Members!
A special thank to new Corporate Member North Shore Elder Services for joining as an Essex Heritage Benefactor. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Support Round Hill in Saugus

The Saugus Historical Commission is seeking support to restore Round Hill. A historic Saugus landmark - Native American artifacts have been found at the site - with views of Saugus River. Town owned since 1910, Round Hill is in need of repair. Please help sustain our heritage! Read about the history of Round Hill and how you can help!
Wenham Museum Welcomes New Executive Director

Kristen Noon, an attorney and Wenham resident, has been named the Wenham Museum's new executive director.
"We could not be more pleased to have Kristin lead the museum at this moment in our history," said Charles Richey, museum trustee, immediate past president of the Board of Trustees and co-chairman of the search committee. Read more!
Agents of Change:
Art as Activism
Montserrat College of Art is hosting a two day symposium this fall on October 26 and 27. "Agents of Change: Art as Activism" will focus on discussing the role of art and artists in bringing attention to issues, social prejudices and inequities. Find out more!  
Volunteer Opportunities in the Heritage Area
Check out our latest volunteer opportunities. Time to make a difference and support our community!


Bradley Palmer State Park
Saturday, September 29
REI is Sponsoring a National Public Lands Day Event at Bradley Palmer State Park. A great opportunity to get outside and help our region. Contact Dominique McLean.
Danvers Swamp Walk Build Sessions
Oct 12-14, Oct 19-21
Location: Boardwalk adjacent to rail trail, south of RT97, Danvers.
This winter the Danvers Bi-Peds and volunteers are working the details of the swamp walk 'completion plan' which requires measuring the distance needed to cover in order to finish the project. Visit the Danvers Bi-Peds website for more information.
In This Issue
National Park System Update
Along Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Photo Contest Deadline
Membership Month
Thanks to Corporate Members
Support Saugus!
Agents of Change
Volunteer Opportunities
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events

September 21-23 & 
September 28-30 
Explore Essex County's cultural, historic and natural sites during two weekends of 200+ FREE events. Search the online event listing and plot your course here.


Friday, October 26    

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Featured Partner Event

The Andover Historical Society Presents:

Trials and Taverns with Dr. Emerson Baker 

97 Main Street

Andover, MA 01810 

Salem State University historian Dr. Emerson Baker will discuss the bewitched and debauched Quaker tavern at the center of his book, The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. Come join us for a drink and find out. Learn more.  


Tuesday, October 30

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

Essex Heritage
Annual Fall Meeting

The Smith Barn at

Brooksby Farm
38 Felton Street  

Peabody, MA 01960 

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 that of our partners. For more information.  


Throughout October
Featured Partner Event

The House of the Seven Gables Presents: Spirits of the Gables & Legacy of the Hanging Judge 

115 Derby Street

Salem, MA 01970


Tuesday, September 18


Boat Building Class at Lowell's Boat Shop 



Wednesday, October 3

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Andover Historical Society presents Medicine or Magic? Herbs of the Early Colonists 



Tuesday, September 18

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Endicott College Archives & Museum Opening Reception for Twenty in Ten: A Decade of Exhibits   


Mondays through October 22

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Beverly Farmers Market 



Saturday, September 15
11:00am - 3:00pm
Salty Dog Day

Saturday, September 15
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Tavern Night at the White-Ellery House


October - December

2 Saturdays per month

Family Yoga

The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham



Sunday, September 16

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Tattersall Farm

A New England Agricultural Event 


Sunday, September 16


Winnekenni Castle  

Ladies in Jazz Concert 



Sunday, September 16

10:00am - 3:00pm

Family Farm Day at Appleton Farms



Saturday, October 13 

11:00am - 3:00pm

Lynn Wood's Dungeon Rock Day 



Thursday, September 13

6:00 - 8:00pm

A Taste of the 19th Century at the Lee Mansion 



Saturday, October 13

10:00am - 3:00pm 

Northeastern University's Marine Science Center Annual Open House 



October 7 - October 8

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival  


North Andover

April - September

Celebrating 400 Years of Anne Bradstreet 



September 29

10:00am - 1:00pm

Friends of Winter Island Walking Tour & Slideshow 


October 1 - 31

Haunted Happenings 


Thursdays through December 20

3:00 - 7:00pm

Salem Farmers Market 



September 28 - October 8

Topsfield Fair 



September 12 - October 21

It's a Snap! Community LEGO Art at the Wenham Museum 



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News from the Essex National Heritage Area is a monthly electronic newsletter for members, non members and site partners of Essex Heritage. Our mission is to raise the visibility of the Essex National Heritage Area and all its historical, cultural and natural resources, and promote our ongoing activities. Articles that are 150 words or less and fit the editorial scope of our newsletter may be submitted to Essex Heritage for publication. We reserve the right to select an article or portion of an article whose content is found appropriate and edit it for publication.