January 2014 
Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program Announced
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the availability of matching seed grants for Essex County organizations through our Partnership Grant Program!  Online applications are being accepted through Monday, February 17. This year, fifteen (15) grants of $1,500 each will be awarded to organizations that support Essex Heritage's mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.


Read on for more information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including guidelines, criteria, and application materials.

Along the Essex Coastal
Scenic Byway

Old Newbury Bonfire

Toast winter and family fun at the 4th annual community bonfire on Saturday, January 11. Don't miss the events at the historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm while you're there! Check it out.



Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend

Flock to Cape Ann from January 31 to February 2 to participate in a weekend full of events for all levels of bird lovers. Activities include guided tours, presentation and exhibits. Learn more.


Boston-area Beach Survey

Area residents can still provide input into a report the state is preparing on the conditions of Boston-area beaches, including byway beaches: King's Beach in Lynn and Nahant Beach. Help the state and its partners improved beaches by taking an online survey.

Heritage Education: Students Explore Global Trade in Salem

Utilizing primary source documents, maps, trade goods, and websites on international trade, three separate classes of English Language Learner students from Lynn Classical High School recently took part in a new educational program, "Salem and Global Trade," led by education coordinators from Essex Heritage and Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Learn more.
Partnership Grant Spotlight


Rocks Village Memorial Association

Just ahead of the winter snowfall, the Rocks Village Memorial Association recently restored the roof of the 1840 Rocks Village Hand Tub House. The municipally-owned historic "fire station," which will be used as an educational resource and community activity center, sits on the banks of the Merrimack River in the Rocks Village section of Haverhill's East Parish.

North of Boston Tourism
Summit on January 31st

Essex Heritage serves on the committee organizing the 2014 North of Boston Tourism Summit slated for Friday, January 31 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Danvers. Featuring the theme "Keep Calm and Market On," the daylong event typically attracts more than 150
25people representing a wide spectrum of the region's tourism-oriented businesses, organizations and agencies. 
Learn more and register to attend.
Eagle Festival 2014!
Saturday, February 8

Get ready to celebrate the seasonal return of Bald Eagles to the Merrimack Valley at the ninth annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival on Saturday, February 8. Eagle Festival is a great opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities, and learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us. Learn more.

Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members


Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to our new and renewing Corporate Members -- businesses who believe in our mission.


Sustainer Circle: Georgetown Bank, Haverhill Bank, The Hawthorne Hotel, Pentucket Bank and Saugusbank.





In This Issue
Partnership Grant Program
Along the Coastal Byway
Heritage Education Update
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Tourism Summit
Eagle Festival
Thanks, Corporate Members!
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Heritage Happenings



Friday, January 31, 6:30 PM

Opening Reception for the Addison's Winter Exhibitions


Saturday, February 1

12 - 3 PM

Ward Winter Fun Day



Wednesday, January 29
7 PM

Wednesday, February 6
6 PM


Sunday, January 12, 6:30 PM

CAM Film Series: The Rape of Europa


Saturday, January 25

5 - 7 PM

Creature Features: Live Animal Presentations



Saturday, January 25

7:30 PM

Libby Fireside Concert Series: Annalivia



January 9, 12 & 16

February 4, 6, 8, 12 & 20

Appleton Cooks


Wednesday, January 15

7:30 PM

Wednesday Evening Lecture: Joel Brown on the Essex Coastal Byway Guidebook

Saturday, January 18

10 AM - 1 PM

Ski/Hike to the Black Cow



Tuesday, January 14, 7 PM

Biodiversity in Salt Marshes and Seagrass: Does it Matter?



Saturday, January 11

3 - 6 PM

Old Newbury Day Open House



Saturday, January 11

11 AM - 3 PM

Newburyport Winter Carnival



Wedneday, February 5, 7 PM

Classical Jam



Saturday, January 11

10 - 11:30 AM

Gadgets and Gizmos


February 8- 14

Salem So Sweet Festival



Thursday, January 16

7 -  9 PM

Wolf Moon Hike



January 18 - 20

National Model Railroad Association HUB Division Model Train Layout

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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.