March & April 2013      
2013 Essex Heritage 
Hero Announced!
Essex Heritage, the Board of Directors, and the distinguished Heritage Hero Honorary Committee proudly announce the 2013 Essex Heritage Hero Award recipient...
Mrs. Joanne Holbrook Patton
 & The Patton Family
Thursday, October 16, 5:30pm
Willowdale Estate Topsfield  
Mrs. Patton and the Patton family have a long and distinguished history of giving back to our communities and will be honored for their lifetime commitment to our region, our heritage, our country and our military. Learn more...
2013 Partnership Grant
Recipients Announced


1840 Rocks Village Hand Tub House, Haverhill

Essex Heritage was pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Partnership Grants at the Commission's Annual Spring Meeting on April 10th in Haverhill. Ten matching grants were awarded to organizations throughout Essex County, providing financial support to projects that encourage education, interpretation and preservation of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area. Learn more about the 2013 Partnership Grant recipients and their projects (.pdf).

Along the Essex ENHA Logo Coastal Scenic Byway
A Cyclist's Musings on Spring

A North Shore resident cites several byway locations in a recent blog posting about spring. Read the blog.


North Shore Food Tours

Two companies are now offering a fun way to experience byway communities: guided tours of culinary destinations. Yum! Check out Salem Food Tours and Cape Ann Foodie Tours.


Byway Wind Turbines

Tall wind turbines are visible from the byway in Newburyport, Ipswich and Gloucester. Check out this fun video of a Gloucester turbine being assembled.


Byway Guidebook Available

"Essex Coastal Byway Guide - History, Culture & Nature on the North Shore," makes exploring the 85-mile coastal route even easier. Organized by community, the book provides an insider's understanding of how to experience the byway's historical, natural and cultural destinations.

Trails & Sails Update


Submit Your Trails & Sails Events!

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 20th. Email Essex Heritage to get involved.

Essex Heritage will also like extend a big THANK YOU to Eastern Bank and TD Bank for their generous commitment to sponsor Trails & Sails 2013. Without their continued support and enthusiasm, Trails & Sails would not be possible. 


P.S. You can help keep Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach event by becoming a member of Essex Heritage!


2013 Photo Contest &
Photo Safari Event Line-Up

2013 Photo Contest Launched: Shoot, Enter, Win!
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest! Learn more about the 2013 Photo Contest, categories, and prizes!

Essex Heritage Photo Safaris

Need a little inspiration for your award winning submission?
Go on a Photo Safari this summer! Essex National Heritage Area Photo Safaris provide the perfect environment to capture your award winning shot: eye-catching locations and state of the art digital equipment!
Check out the 2013 Photo Safari schedule...
Economic Impacts of National Heritage Areas
A new economic impact study of the National Heritage Areas (NHAs) has measured the collective impact of the 49 NHAs on the US economy to be $12.9 billion annually. Each NHA serves as a catalyst for economic development within the regions where they operate.  The recent study by the national consulting firm Tripp Umbach determined that the NHA's economic activity supports approximately 148,000 jobs and $1.2 billion  annually in Federal taxes. The economic benefits are realized from tourism and visitation, operational expenditures, and grant making and other support.
School + Community =
Happy Trails
A "Park for Every Classroom" Success Story
Dozens of West Newbury students recently turned their schoolyard trail system into a classroom as part of a pilot program of the National Park Service. Sixth graders from the Page School spent several days mapping the area, setting up quadrants, collecting and testing water samples, identifying flora and fauna, and exploring an old cellar hole. The project, "School + Community = Happy Trails," was inspired by a teacher workshop held at Salem Maritime National Historic Site last summer. This workshop taught area teachers how to use their local "place" as a resource to teach concepts and skills across their school curriculum. The workshop was made possible by the National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Essex National Heritage Commission. Read the full release...
History Day Winners!
Essex Heritage was pleased to once again support students participating in Massachusetts History Day. 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. Long time supporter, and Essex Heritage Trustee Emeritus, Dick St. Pierre attended the competition to present the awards. The theme this year was Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. 
Congratulations to all the winners from the Northeast Region, and all the Massachusetts students who competed! Learn more...


Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members


We are so thankful for the generosity of our Corporate Members - businesses who believe in our mission. This month we offer special thanks to Charlie Cullen, President of The Provident Bank and Chair of the Essex Heritage Development Committee for his tremendous support.


Thank you to The Provident Bank for renewing as a Sustainer Circle member!


A warm welcome to Green Meadows Farm and Andover Country Club for joining as Sustainer Circle members.


Thank you to St. John's Prep and the Peabody Essex Museum for joining as Benefactor Circle members!


Your support is greatly appreciated!


In This Issue
2013 Essex Heritage Hero
Partnership Grant Recipients
Along the Coastal Scenic Byway
Trails & Sails Update
Photo Contest & Safari News
A Park for Every Classroom
MA History Day Winners
Thanks to Corporate Members!

Essex Heritage Events & Featured Partner Events

Sunday, April 14, 1:00pm 
Essex County Greenbelt Presents: Greenscaping Workshop at the Cox Reservation

Put Nature to Work in Your Yard! Barbara Warren from the North Shore Greenscapes Coalition will share greenscaping techniques to create a beautiful healthy yard the natural way. Reservations required. Learn more.

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00pm
The House of the Seven Gables Presents: "Architecture & Preservation in Salem 1900-2000" with Jim McAllister
Salem's own local historian & journalist will give a lively account of many of the sites of historic significance in Salem over the past century. Reservations recommended. Essex Heritage and Gables Members $10; Non-Members $15.  Learn more.

Sunday, April 21, 1:00pm
Essex County Greenbelt Presents: Earth Day Celebration at Batchelder's Landing, Rowley
Anne Giblin, PhD will share her research on sea level change in Plum Island Sound followed by a clean up of Batchelder's Landing and Rowley salt marshes. Reservations required. Learn more.

Sunday, April 28, 1:00pm
Essex County Greenbelt Presents: What's This Tree? at The Cox Reservation
Forester Mike Simmons will guide you on a walk through the Cox Reservation showing you how to recognize trees by their needles, bark, twigs, buds, and leaves.  Bring your mobile device and use the free electronic field guide leafsnap. Reservations required. Learn more.
National Park Week
April 20 -28
Get to know your National Parks!
From Monday, April 22 - Friday, April 26, the National Parks will waive all entrance fees to celebrate National Park Week!

Sunday, May 19

Mighty Merrimack Rowing Race


Wednesday, April 17, 2:00pm

Saturday, April 13, 10:00am
Saturday, April 28
11:30am - 1:00pm

Daffodil Day at Long Hill


April 21 - April 25 & 

April 28 - May 2

Beverly Spring Restaurant Week



Sunday, April 28 

3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Essex Harmony performs "Music In Times of War: The American Revolution"



April 12 - 14
Inn Magnolia's Women's Retreat Weekend


Saturday, April 13

11:00am - 12:00pm

Cape Ann Museum's Family Fun Free Day



Saturday, April 20, 7:30pm

Ensemble Galilei Quartet performs at The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham



Thursday, April 18

10:00am - 1:00pm

Earth Day Celebration at the Buttonwoods Museum



Saturdays, April 13 thru October


Historic Ipswich Walking Tours


Wednesday, April 17, 7:30pm

Boatbuilding in Ipswich: A History from WWII to Present



Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm

The Woods in Words: The Poetry of Lynn Woods and Dungeon Rock



Saturday, April 20

10:00 - 12:00pm

Earth Day Coastal Clean-Up at Coolidge Reservation

Saturday, April 27

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Agassiz Rocks! Family Quest Fest



Thursday, May 9, 7:30pm

Massachusetts Women in the Civil War Lecture by Bethany Jay



Sunday, April 28, 2:00pm

Nahant Historical Society presents: Elizabeth Cary Agassiz: Ahead Of Her Time and Of Her Time" by Anne C. Bromer



April 26 - 27

Newburyport Literary Festival


North Andover

Thursday, April 25

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Armchair tour of the Parson Barnard House, Edgewood


Wednesday, May 1

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Puritan Gravestone Iconagraphy



Sunday, April 14, 2:00pm

US Navy in the Civil War Lecture



Saturday, April 20

10:00 - 12:00pm

Earth Day Coastal Clean-Up at Halibut Point


Monday, April 22, 7:00pm

Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)



Wednesday, April 24

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series: The Sound of Nickels and Dimes



Saturday, April 20

10:00am - 12:00pm

DCR's Park Serve Day at Breakheart Reservation



Sunday, April 14

9:00am - 12:00pm

Rail Trail Bike Ride


Saturday, April 27

9:00am - 12:00pm

Work for Wildlife!  Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Day - Invasive Plant Removal at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary



Tuesday, April 16

Monster Mash


April 27 & 28

Attic Treasures Sale

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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.