March 2014  
2014 Photo Safaris Announced
Experience inspiration through your lens... join us on a Photo Safari! This summer, Photo Safari participants will have a chance to explore: the gardens, trails and wildlife along the Ipswich River at Riverbend Reservation in Ipswich; and the rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, and more of the historic landscape at Appleton Farms, also in Ipswich. Capture these unique and stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites while equipped with the latest camera gear from Olympus or Tamron, provided by Hunts Photo & Video, and personally coached by Hunt's technical experts and visiting professional photographers. Check out the 2014 Photo Safari schedule.
Trails & Sails
Trails & Sails Update
September 19-21 & 26-28, 2014


Planning is underway to celebrate our region during the 13th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water on September 19-21 & September 26-28, 2014!


Keep in touch and stay involved...

Event Hosts: Get creative, get involved, and start planning your events--event submission will begin online in April! Hosting a Trails & Sails event is a great way to build public awareness and audience for your cause, mission and organization. Email Emily to add your organization to the Trails & Sails line-up or for more information. Prior-year hosts will be contacted via email soon.


Participants: Can't wait until September? Become a member of Essex Heritage! Members are invited to events throughout the year, and membership support helps keep Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach event. Join us!


With Thanks: Essex Heritage extends a big THANK YOU to Eastern Bank and TD Bank for their generous commitment to sponsor Trails & Sails. Without their continued support and enthusiasm, Trails & Sails would not be possible.

Stewards & Storytellers

National Parks journalist Kevin Grange, and photographer Jason Varney, visited the Essex National Heritage Area in August 2013. See what they captured and learn more about some of the special places, and special faces, of the Essex National Heritage Area in their story Stewards & Storytellers (pdf).


Stewards & Storytellers is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of National Parks, the award-winning quarterly magazine by the National Parks Conservation Association.

Essex Heritage Area's Economic & Community Impact
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National Heritage Areas provide essential services to the residents of Massachusetts. A recently released independent evaluation by the nationally recognized consulting firm of TrippUmbach found that the Essex National Heritage Area sustains and supports 1,832 jobs and generates $153.8 million in economic impact in the Essex County region. Read on.
Heritage Education Spotlight:
A Kid's Eye View
Homeschool teacher Julia Long has been immersing a group of children and parents in her neighboring open space, Sally Milligan Park in Beverly. Inspired by the place-based service learning professional development she received last summer through Essex Heritage and the National Park Service, she has found ways to utilize the park's landscape to better engage the children in their studies. Learn more about the creative project they've taken on in conjunction with our Park for Every Classroom program.
Danger in the Reeds Update

The Great Marsh, one of the region's most iconic natural features, is being attacked by Phragmites, a highly invasive reed that has damaged hundreds of acres in this ecologically important salt marsh system. Danger in the Reeds is a series of documentary videos developed to help educate the public about this aggressive, invading plant. Visit to learn more, watch the videos, and help us spread the word!

Immigration Symposium

Saturday, April 5, 2014


On April 5, the Lawrence History Center and its partners will host the "Symposium on the History of the 'New Immigration' Into Lawrence, Massachusetts and Similar Communities." A full day of speaker presentations, panel discussions, and much more are on tap--including a session about our Caribbean Connections Program to be presented by Essex Heritage Education Coordinator Beth Beringer and National Park Service Education Specialist Maryann Zujewski! Learn more.

History Day Winners!


Every year Essex Heritage is pleased to support students participating in Massachusetts History Day. Part of National History Day, this contest encourages students to conduct extensive primary and secondary research of historical documents and records. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, performances, documentaries and other projects, as part of the state's History and Social Science Frameworks. Essex Heritage Trustee Emeritus, Richard St. Pierre once again attended the competition to present the awards. Congratulations to all the winners from the Northeast Region, as well as the other students who competed!

A Special Thanks to Members
March is Membership Appreciation Month!
As we swing into spring, we want to thank all of our members for their "marching" with us!  Members help support our mission--to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County. Through the generosity of members, we are...
Thanks to Our Corporate Members
Essex Heritage extends its special thanks to our new and renewing Corporate Members -- businesses who believe in our mission.


In This Issue
2014 Photo Safaris
Trails & Sails Update
Stewards & Storytellers
Economic Impact Study
Heritage Education Spotlight
Danger in the Reeds Update
Immigration Symposium
Mass History Day
A Special Thanks to Our Members
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Heritage Happenings



Thru April 2014

Tuesdays - Saturdays

10 AM - 4 PM 

Behind the Seams


Sunday, March 23, 2 PM

Gallery Talk for An American in London: Whistler and the Thames



Wednesday, March 19, 7 PM

Saturday, March 22, 10 AM

Late Winter Pruning: A Hands-on Workshop



Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 12

11 AM - 4 PM

Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant



Saturday, March 15

10:30 AM

Embracing Family History 


Various Dates & Times

Maritime Gloucester March Series: Climate Change



Saturday, April 26, 7:30 PM

Libby Concert Series: Don White, Folk Comedy



March 12 - April 5

NECC Art Exhibit: Whittier's Birthplace


Friday, March 21, 6 PM

Buttonwoods Museum Authors' Lecture Series: Veterans & Military History



Saturday, March 15

10 AM - 2 PM

Appleton Farms Maple Festival 


Wednesday, March 19

7:30 PM

Wednesday Evening Lecture: Art in Landscape



Sunday, March 23

10 AM - 3 PM

Eco Games Free-for-All: Sustaining the Sea


North Andover

Saturday, April 5

10 AM - 3 PM

Museum of Printing's Spring Type Sale



April 5 - 6

Miniature Quilt Challenge Exhibition



Thursday, March 27, 7 PM

Free Community Concert: Ghostlight Chorus 



Sunday, March 23, 5:30 PM

The Culinary Jewels of Salem: A Special Salem Food Tour


Thursday, March 27, 7:30 PM

Life & Labor in the Aftermath of the Great Salem Fire


Sunday, March 30

11 AM - 4 PM

Salem Women's History Day



Saturday, March 29, 7:30 PM

Early Spring Star Tour



March 7 - 30

Draw Me a Story: Alphabets and Animals


Sunday, March 23, 1 PM

A Sunday of Sweetness at Wenham Museum


West Newbury

Sunday, March 22, 9 AM

Mill Pond Trail Walk

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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.