November 2013  
Essex Heritage Annual Appeal


2013 has been another busy year for Essex Heritage, and we hope to continue our success and increase our impact in the coming year. Today, we are asking you to support our Annual Appeal so we can continue our work.

Youth Jobs Program 2013

Your contributions support our mission, and enable us to bring additional money into this region by obtaining grant funding from national organizations such as the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service and the National Scenic Byway Program -- which increasingly require evidence of private matching funds.


This is a critical time to demonstrate your commitment to the collaborative work of Essex Heritage. Your gift to our Annual Appeal is crucial to helping us fulfill our 2014 goals. We look forward to an exciting year together; please donate online today.

Heritage Hero Award Dinner: Thank You!
Joanne Holbrook Patton & the Patton Family
What a night! On October 16th more than 400 people gathered at the Danversport Yacht Club to honor the 2013 Essex Heritage Hero Award recipient: Joanne Holbrook Patton and the Patton Family. The warmth of the evening was apparent as families, friends and colleagues from near and far came together to celebrate The Patton family for their legacy of service and commitment to the Essex National Heritage Area, our state and our nation. 
The evening also featured a rare display of Patton family archives and memorabilia for guests to enjoy. Check out the event photo album. 

Essex Heritage is sincerely grateful to all attendees, "toast-makers,"
sponsors and program patrons who helped to make the evening a sparkling success -- and our most successful Heritage Hero event to date! Essex Heritage is particularly thankful to Karen Andreas, Regional Publisher of the North of Boston Media Group, who graciously served as the event's Master of Ceremonies. We also offer great thanks 
to Eastern Bank for their Major General Sponsorship; and to Green Meadows Farm and Institution for Savings for their Brigadier General Sponsorship contributions.
Trails & Sails
Trails & Sails Recap


It was another banner year for Trails & Sails!

The 2013 event line-up offered more than 150 opportunities for people to connect with the special places and organizations that comprise the Essex National Heritage Area. While tallies continue to trickle in, we estimate that a record breaking 5,200+ people participated in the annual six days of festivities.


Trails & Sails Event: Great Marsh Creek Walk, Ipswich

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors, the 100+ event hosts, volunteers, participants and fans for making the 12th annual Trails & Sails such a success! Check out our Trails & Sails photo album to see some of the fun that went down.


How was your Trails & Sails?

Please take this short Trails & Sails survey to let us know about your experience, help inform our plans, vote for your favorite event and enter to win an In-Camp 4 person tent from REI! The winner of the tent will be announced by the end of November.


Essex Heritage would like to especially thank

Eastern Bank and TD Bank for their long-time sponsorship commitment that keeps Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach celebration.


Trails & Sails 2013 was generously sponsored by:

Along the Essex Coastal
Scenic Byway
Byway Signage Project Advances
Essex Heritage and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) have inked a contract for a two-year project that will result in directional signage being installed along the entire 90-mile byway route. The project will help brand the byway and enhance the visitor experience by ensuring safe and efficient passage. The project is being funded by the Federal Highway Administration and MassDOT.
Byway Communities in Trail Video
The Great Marsh communities of Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley and Ipswich (and several partner organizations) are featured in a new video about the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT). The BCT is a 200-mile hiking trail from Newbury to Duxbury.

Ipswich Pays Homage
In this season of Thanksgiving, Ipswich pays homage to harvest, hearth and home with several special events between November 17th - 31st!  Read More.
Heritage Education Update: Teachers Immersed in "Place" at Saugus Iron Works

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, in collaboration with Essex Heritage and the Massachusetts Archaeology Education Consortium, hosted a professional development workshop based on the educational approach of Place-Based Service Learning for Haverhill teachers on November 5. Participating educators experienced the benefits of using local resources to achieve curricular goals as they explored the site in multiple ways. Read on.

Essex Heritage Receives Glowing Evaluation from NPS


We are very pleased to announce that the National Park Service recently submitted to the US Congress their completed Evaluation of the Essex National Heritage Area Commission. Accompanying this report, the Park Service sent a letter of commendation citing Essex Heritage's significant work accomplishments for the last 15 years. A "snapshot" of this evaluation is now posted, along with Iowa's Silos and Smokestacks and Georgia's Augusta Canal, at  Look at the right hand column for Essex Heritage. We are particularly pleased that NPS writes that Essex Heritage has successfully carried out our legislative mandate and recommends that the agency continue to work with us into the future.


Read Essex Heritage's evaluation "snapshot" (pdf). For a the full report, click here.

Partnership Grant Spotlight


Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park

Recognized as the work of an important American folk artist, Ralph Fasanella's paintings of the 1912 Bread & Roses Strike are among the most famous images of American labor history, and helped to put Lawrence and the strike on the world map. On display through December 16 at the Lawrence Heritage State Park visitor center, the exhibition of Fasanella's artworks and related activities introduces the viewer to the widespread impact of his vision.

Thank YOU for a great Membership Month!


Thank you to new and renewing members for your support during our annual membership month! We are so grateful for the enthusiastic commitments we received from both new and long-time friends and fans.

Topsfield Fair Members
Show Their Support


Our members are key to our success. Essex Heritage 

members make our signature Trails & Sails event possible, as well as allow us to fulfill our mission: the long term sustainability of this region and our shared heritage. Become the newest member of Essex Heritage to join this dedicated group, support programs and initiatives that preserve and enhance the unique resources within the Essex National Heritage Area, and to enjoy events that highlight the best of the region throughout the year.


Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members

We are so thankful for the generosity of our Corporate Members! This month, we offer thanks to The House of the Seven Gablesfor joining our membership at the Supporter Circle level. Your support is greatly appreciated.

North Shore Volunteer Hub

Essex Heritage was pleased to join our partners at the North Shore United Way recently by creating a profile on their new online Volunteer Hub community. The Volunteer Hub, which debuted earlier this month, offers a clearinghouse for individuals and groups throughout the region seeking opportunities to volunteer to connect with organizations in need of volunteer help. Check out our page.


The Volunteer Hub is a great opportunity for organizations that are looking to connect with potential volunteers. Partner organizations, please consider joining the site and posting your volunteer opportunities as well.

In This Issue
Annual Appeal
Heritage Hero: Thank You!
Trails & Sails Recap
Along the Coastal Byway
Heritage Education Update
Essex Heritage Evaluation from NPS
Partnership Grant Spotlight
New Volunteer Hub
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Wednesday, November 20
7 PM
The House of the Seven Gables Presents: 
Brunonia Barry

Salem's own NY Times Best-selling author, Baccante award winner & Strnad Fellowship recipient presents her latest novel fresh off the press. Essex Heritage and Gables Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations recommended. Learn more.


Sunday, November 24, 1 PM

Greenbelt Presents: Mutt Strut at Tompson Street Reservation

Join Greenbelt's Land Conservation Director, David Santomenna and his dog  for a dog-walk within Greenbelt's largest reservation, Tompson Street ReservationFree. Reservations required. 

Learn more.


Tuesdays, 7:30 PM

November 19  and
December 3 & 10
Learn from experts how climate change is affecting our New England region, what is being done about it, and how you can help. "Climate Change in New England" is a free lecture series featuring a different topic and speaker each Tuesday. FreeLearn more.

December 1 - January 1

Greenbelt's Evergreen Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate the spirit of the season by getting outdoors with your family and friends and searching for decorated evergreen trees throughout the region. Learn more.

Heritage Happenings



Saturday, November 16

11 AM - 5 PM and
Sunday, November 17

12 PM - 4 PM 

Amesbury Cultural Council Annual Open Studio Tour


Saturday, December 7

12 PM - 2 PM

Music in the Meeting House



Sunday, November 17, 2 PM

Gallery Talk for Flash Back - November 22, 1963


Wednesdays, 10 AM - 12 PM

Harold Parker State Forest: We Walk the Woods! (pdf)


December 1 - 29



Wednesday, November 20
Monday, November 25 & December 23
3 - 7 PM

Saturday, December 7
11 AM - 3 PM
December 1 - 15


Tuesday, November 19

7:30 PM


Sunday, November 24

Essex Turkey Trot 8K Race and 8K Fun Walk



Saturday, November 16

1 - 3 PM

Who We Are Is Who We Were: Historic Businesses of Cape Ann


Saturday, November  23

10 AM - 4 PM

Harvest Festival


Thursday, December 5


Community Carol Sing


Thursdays thru November

6 - 8pm

Farm & Fiber Night


Saturdays, November 2 - December 21

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Haverhill Farmers' Market


Friday & Saturday

November 22 & 23

A Weekend of Remembrance: The Story of JFK


November 29 - December 15

Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees 



November 17 - 24

Ipswich is First... Period


Wednesday, November 20

7:30 PM

Wednesday Evening Lecture: Insubordinate Spirit



Daily, thru December 16

Fasanella's Lawrence



Fridays, 1 - 2pm

Yoga at the Lynn Museum


Wednesday, November 20

12 - 1 PM

North Shore Community College Oral History Project


Friday, November 29

10 AM - 2 PM &

Saturday, November 30

10 AM - 3 PM

The Way We Worked FREE Open House Holiday



December 5 - 8

Marblehead Christmas Walk




Saturday, November 16

9 AM - 11:30 AM

The Wonder and the Wow: Rough Meadows Walk


Sunday, November 17

10 AM - 3 PM

Nature's Harvest Free-for-All


North Andover

Saturday, November 30

11 AM - 2 PM

Hot Metal Day



Friday, December 13, 8 PM

Rockport Blues Summit



Thursdays, November 7 - December 19, 3 - 6 PM

Salem Winter Market


Friday, November 15

6 - 9 PM

Salem Wine Imports Grand Tasting


Saturday, November 16

10 AM - 4 PM

Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion



November 1- 24

Various Dates, Times, Events

Breakheart Reservation November Calendar (pdf)



Saturday, November 16

7 -  8:30pm

Full Beaver Moon Hike


Sunday, November 17

Various Times

Ipswich River Big Woods Hike



November 22 & 23

Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair & Holiday Party

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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.