July 2013  
Essex Heritage Fall Meeting
Save the Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mark your calendar for Essex Heritage's Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, September 5th, from 8am - 10am, at the  Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester!


We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement! The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage initiatives, introduction of new Commissioners and the presentation of Essex Heritage's Pioneers in Partnership Awards. Learn more and download a PIP Award Nomination Form.

2013 Essex Heritage 
Hero Award Dinner
Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Please join us in honoring the Mrs. Joanne Holbrook Patton & The Patton Family for their legacy of service to our region, our heritage, our country and our military  at the sixth annual Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner!


Tickets are available for purchase online and we welcome your interest in all available ad and sponsorship opportunitiesProceeds from the event will benefit Essex Heritage programs which support cultural resources in all 34 cities and towns across Essex County.


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.

Essex Heritage Awarded Cummings Foundation Grant to Support Youth Programs 

Essex Heritage is delighted to announce the receipt of a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. The grant will be used to further develop and integrate our youth programs including the Summer Youth Job Corps, Caribbean Connection and Parks for Every Classroom.

Essex Heritage was one of 100 nonprofits to be selected under the Cummings Foundation's $10 million "$100K for 100" program. The charities were chosen from more than 370 applicants. The foundation was created by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester in 1986 as a trust to "give back" to the communities in which Cummings Properties does business, and most of its employees reside.
Employees of the Cummings Foundation were asked to nominate local non-profits that would benefit from a sizeable donation. Cummings Properties Design Manager, Jim Trudeau, selected Essex Heritage. Cumming Properties are known for their innovative properties, 'green' buildings, and their commitment to the communities around Boston. The former United Shoe Machinery Corporation property in Beverly, now a state-of-the-art office complex, is an excellent example of adaptive reuse, and within its modern office setting, it still proudly displays artifacts, photographs and Essex Heritage signs denoting the building's historic significance in the national heritage area.
Along the Essex 
Coastal Scenic Byway

Tour d'Elegance Debuts Along the Byway
The scenic byway will be the setting for the inaugural Tour d'Elegance. Slated for Saturday, July 27, many of New England's finest classic cars will drive a 40-mile coastal route from Newburyport to Beverly. The tour is being organized as part of the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance, the region's premier boutique car show held at the Misselwood estate of Endicott College. Learn more.

Newburyport Launches Mobile Tour

A newly created service provides mobile device users with free access to a robust database of information about the Clipper City's multi-dimensional history, including 12 self-guided tours, photos and maps. Check it out at www.clipperheritagetrail.com 


Maritime Festivals Abound

Celebrate the byway region's heritage by attending maritime festivals in Salem and Marblehead.

On the Trail

Spicket River Greenway
Ribbon Cutting

Join advocates and officials on Friday, July 26 at 10:00 AM to celebrate the opening of the Spicket River Greenway, a spectacular 3.5 mile network of green spaces and walking paths along the Spicket River in Lawrence. Read More. 


Grant to Complete B2B Trail in Danvers & Wenham 

Thanks to a state grant a stone dust surface will be applied to sections of the regional Border to Boston Trail in Danvers and Wenham. Read More. 


Newburyport Rail Trail Video
Checkout this 8-minute video portrait of the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport. The trail is part of the regional Border to Boston Trail.
Essex Heritage Staff Update

Essex Heritage welcomes two new staff members!


Tracy Frish of Newburyport has joined us as Director of Development and Communications. She is a former journalist who changed careers over a decade ago to become and accomplished nonprofit management and development professional. Her most recent position was as the Executive Director of Downtown Poplar Bluff, Inc. in Missouri. She moved to Newburyport in 2012 and we are excited to have her joining us.


Beth Beringer of Danvers has joined us as Education Coordinator. She recently received an M.Ed in Community Engagement from Merrimack College. Beth has worked for us as a consultant for several years, helping with various education grants that we received to run programs at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Prior to that Beth spent 8 years as a Social Studies teacher in Gloucester. We are delighted to have her join us to manage our new educational grants.


Get in touch with Tracy, Beth, or other members of the Essex Heritage team at anytime!

Trails & Sails
Trails & Sails News
Trails & Sails 2013 is generously sponsored by:
With Thanks to TD Bank:
Presenting Sponsor of Trails & Sails 2013
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce that TD Bank has returned as a Presenting Sponsor of Trails & Sails 2013! We are very grateful for TD Bank's commitment to the mission of the Essex National Heritage Commission, our communities and the residents of Essex County. With their continued support we are able to keep Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach celebration. Thank you!
ENHA Legislative Update: Action in Washington

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman John Tierney recently filed legislation in the US Senate and House to extend the federal government's commitment to the Essex National Heritage Area. Read more (pdf).  

Education Update


Teachers Implement Place-Based Learning Projects

Educators in Essex County who participated in the Coast for Every Classroom Teacher Professional Development Institute last summer have spent the school year implementing Place-Based Learning projects with their students, with great results. The Institute, sponsored by Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Essex Heritage, inspired teachers to partner with community organizations in their curriculum development. Collaborating with these groups, teachers used local heritage resources to reach curricular goals, foster community engagement, and encourage stewardship of the region's special places. Read more (pdf).

Partnership Grant Spotlight
Lawrence History Center

The story of Lawrence is one of immigration and few historical collections document the story of new immigrants better than that of Alice O'Connor (1887-1968). A single woman born and raised in Lawrence, Miss O'Conner dedicated her life to improving the lives of working families in the city and beyond. The archival processing project involves digitizing Miss O'Connor's diaries, photographs and professional work into a searchable database that can be accessed by researchers, students and teachers of all ages. www.lawrencehistorycenter.org 

Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members

We are so thankful for the generosity of our Corporate Members - businesses who believe in and generously support our mission to preserve and promote the Heritage Area.
This month, we offer thanks to the First Ipswich Bank for joining as a Sustainer Circle member. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Become a member at any level! Your tax-deductible Essex Heritage Membership helps to support programs that enhance, preserve and promote the unique historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Join today!
In This Issue
Annual Fall Meeting
2013 Essex Heritage Hero
Cummings Foundation Grant
Along the Coastal Byway
On the Trail
Essex Heritage Staff Update
Trails & Sails News
Action in Washington
Education Update
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Thanks to Corporate Members
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30pm
Greenbelt Presents:
"Sun Come Up"

The second film in Greenbelt's Summer Film Series about land and land conservation issues is Sun Come Up: the story of the world's first climate refugees. Free. Learn more.

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30pm
Greenbelt Presents:
"The Legend of Pale Male"

It's Family Night at Greenbelt's Summer Film Series! The Legend of Pale Male follows the adventures of a red-tailed hawk nesting near Central Park in New York City Islanders. Free. Learn more.

Wednesday, July 31, 6:30pm
Greenbelt Presents:
"The Greenhorns"
The Greenhorns, the last film in Greenbelt's Summer Film Series, explores the lives of America's young farming community, its spirit, practices, and needs. Free. Learn more.


Saturday, August 3

12pm - 4pm

Salem Maritime Festival

The National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Essex Heritage invite you to the 25th annual Salem Maritime Festival! Enjoy an exciting array of free, family fun activities including live music, free harbor cruises, craft demonstrations and much more! Free. Learn more and see the 2013 Festival Schedule.


Wednesday, August 21, 7pm

The House of the Seven Gables Presents:  Hank Phillipi Ryan
How does an Emmy winning reporter become a best-selling author of fast-paced murder mysteries? Hank will share how she went from a reporter at Rolling Stone Magazine to the US Senate and then to under-cover investigations for NBC to following her dreams. Essex Heritage and Gables Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations Recommended.  Learn more.
Regional Happenings
Saturdays, thru October 6

Thursday, July 18, 2pm - 4pm
Old Fashioned Victorian Tea Party

Saturdays, thru Oct. 5
10am - 2pm

Andover Farmers' Market 


July 1 - 31  

Various Dates, Times, Events

Harold Parker State Forest July Calendar (pdf) 



July 27 - 28



Saturdays, July 20, &

August 3 - 31,10am

Gloucester Working Waterfront Walking Tours

Saturday, August 3

Thursday, July 18, 5pm - 9pm
Farm to Table Harvest Dinner

Sundays, July 7 - August 4
5pm - 7pm
Sunday Concerts in Patton Park


Saturdays, thru Oct. 26

9am - 1pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market


Thursday, July 25, 2pm

An Afternoon of Music featuring "The Flip Side"



July 19 & July 26, 5:30pm

Friday Night Farm Dinners


July 16 - August 20 

Down Town Tuesdays Community Event Series



Saturdays, July 13 - Oct. 26

9am - 3pm

Lawrence Farmers' Market


July - August 

Various Dates, Times, Events

Lawrence Heritage State Park Summer Programs (pdf)



Thursdays, thru August 22

6pm - 8pm

Lynn-Nahant Beach Summer Concert Series


Saturdays, July 13 &  

August 17, 7pm - 10pm

Arts After Hours: Backyard Bash



Saturdays, thru Nov. 23

9am - 12pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market 


August 10 - 11

Marblehead Maritime Festival 



Wednesdays, thru August


Methuen Memorial Music Hall Organ Recital Series  



Tuesday, July 16, 7pm

Summer Cinema By the Sea: Between the Tides


Thursday, July 13, 8pm

Ellingwood Chapel Concert Series



Sunday, July 21, 12pm - 2pm

Vintage Base Ball


Saturday, August 10

9am - 4pm

Fiber Revival



July 1- 31 

Various Dates, Times, Events

Maudslay State Park July Calendar (pdf)


July 28 - August 4

Yankee Homecoming


July - September

Maudslay Art Center Summer Concert Series


North Andover

Saturday, August 3

10am - 3pm

Basic Letterpress Workshop



June 7 - July 14

Rockport Chamber Music Festival


July 1- 31 

Various Dates, Times, Events

Halibut Point State Park July Calendar (pdf)  



Thursdays, June 13 - Oct. 24

3pm - 7pm

Salem Farmers Market


Tuesdays, thru July 30

7pm - 9pm

Tuesday Evening Concerts at the Willows



July 1 - 31  

Various Dates, Times, Events

Salisbury Beach State Reservation July Calendar (pdf)



July 13 - 14

Family Campout: River Camping  



Saturday, July 13

10am - 3:30pm

Wenham Museum's Military History Day

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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.