February 2014  
Partnership Grant Application Deadline Approaching
Applications due: Monday, February 17, 2014 
Essex Heritage is accepting online applications  for the  2014 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program now through February 17, 2014! 
Read on for more information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including guidelines, criteria, and application materials.
Annual Spring Meeting

Save the Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Essex Heritage will host its Annual Spring Meeting on Wednesday, April 30, from 8 - 10 AM, in the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College in Wenham. Join us to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and engagement. We will also be announcing the 2014 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant recipients! Learn more and RSVP.

Heritage Education Spotlight: Passionate About Places


Amesbury Middle School teacher Karen Brannelly is "Passionate About Places" and empowering her students to learn from and serve their community. Learn more about the innovative project they've taken on in conjunction with our Park for Every Classroom program.

On the Trail

Groveland Community Trail

Essex Heritage is helping to support development of the Groveland Community Trail. Check it out!


Coastal Trails Coalition Report

Essex Heritage played a formative role in launching the four-community trail organization in 2004. Learn more about the group's numerous achievements in 2013.


East Coast Greenway Petition

Help the East Coast Greenway (aka the Border to Boston Trail in the heritage area) cross the Susquehanna River. Read the petition.

Essex Heritage & NPS Staff Participate in Training
Essex Heritage Education Coordinator Beth Beringer and National Park Service Education Specialist Maryann Zujewski trekked up to Huntington, Vermont recently to be part of a Forest for Every Classroom training retreat. Forest for Every Classroom is an intensive teacher professional development program sponsored collaboratively by Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Shelburne Farms that utilizes a place-based learning model. Teachers use the forest to teach cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills while encouraging stewardship.
Beth and Maryann offered a workshop on service learning during the training and then immersed themselves in the beautiful but frigid Vermont forest with teachers and naturalist specialists. From bird identification, to animal tracking, to best practices in connecting students to their place, Beth and Maryann learned so much and look forward to incorporating many concepts into the place-based teacher professional development they offer in Essex County.
With the Alliance of National Heritage Areas On Capitol Hill

On February 4, Essex Heritage CEO Annie Harris attended the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA) annual meeting in Washington, DC and the Congressional Reception which followed. Of the 48 active National Heritage Areas, 38 attended the meeting where presentations were made by the leadership of the Alliance, by the National Park Service, and by consultant Liz Madison who is helping with sustainability planning for the Heritage Areas. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis attended the reception as did the co-chairs of the National Heritage Area Caucus--Congressman Dent (PA-R) and Congressman Tonko (NY-D). Annie serves as the Vice Chair of Alliance. Among other things, the ANHA actively promotes the principles and benefits of heritage development through education, leadership and best practices. 
Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members
Essex Heritage extends its special thanks to our new and renewing Corporate Members -- businesses who believe in our mission.
Corporate Benefactor Circle: St. John's Prep

In This Issue
Partnership Grant Program
Annual Spring Meeting
Heritage Education Spotlight
On the Trail
Essex Heritage & NPS Staff Participate in Training
With the ANHA on The Hill
Thanks, Corporate Members!
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Heritage Happenings



Wednesday, February 19

1:30 - 4:30 PM

February Vacation Drop-In Family Day at the Addison



Wednesday, March 12, 7 PM

Wednesday, February 26
7 PM


Wednesday, March 5, 7 PM

Behind the Scenes: Fitz Henry Lane


Sunday, March 9, 1 - 3 PM

Ice Age Trail Hike





Wednesday, February 19

7:30 PM

Wednesday Evening Lecture



February 2 - 27

Capturing the Beauty Photo Exhibit at Lawrence Heritage State Park (pdf)



Monday, February 17

3 - 6:30 PM

Night at the Museum Free Family Day



Friday, February 28, 5 - 8 PM

Tricentennial Photo Exhibit



Wednesday, February 26

7 - 8 PM

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series: History as Seen by the Sea Floor


Wednesday, February 26



Sunday, February 23
1 - 3 PM



Saturday, February 15

9 AM - 12:30 PM

Coastal Tracking on Plum Island



Sunday, February 23, 3 PM

Free Community Concert: Next Generation Recital



February 16 - 22

February School Vacation Week Activities at Salem Maritime



February 22

February Flapjack Fling & Sugaring Tours



February 15 - 22

February Vacation Fun at the Wenham Museum

Friday, March 7, 6 - 8 PM

Draw Me a Story Cocktail Party



Fonda-Kaaij Duo Chamber Music Series

March 12, Beverly; March 15, Andover; March 16, Haverhill

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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.