April 2014  
RSVP for Essex Heritage's Annual Spring Meeting
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.
2014 Photo Contest & Safaris! 
2014 Photo Contest Launched: Shoot, Enter, Win!
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the 2014 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest! Learn more about the 2014 Photo Contest categories and prizes.

Essex Heritage Photo Safaris
Need a little inspiration for your award winning submission? Go on a Photo Safari this summer! Essex National Heritage Area Photo Safaris provide the perfect environment to capture your award winning shot: eye-catching locations and state of the art digital equipment! Check out the 2014 Photo Safari schedule.
Along the Essex Coastal 
Scenic Byway

2014 Scenic Byway Racks Available

Hot off the press. The colorful rack cards are a great way to promote the North Shore's "Main Street." Contact Essex Heritage to get a stack!


Scenic Byway Video

Get your motor running by checking out this video featuring images of the byway experience.


Danger in the Reeds

Please help spread the word about Danger in the Reeds, a video series about a major threat to the region's ecological dynamo - The Great Marsh.

On the Trail
East Coast Greenway Summit
Join Essex Heritage at the national East Coast Greenway Summit in Boston on April 25-26! Click here for more information. The Border to Boston Trail in Essex County is part the East Coast Greenway alignment.
Danvers Rail Trail Mobile App
The Danvers Rail Trail folks recently launched a downloadable app for 4.3 mile, multi-use trail. Just scan here!

North Andover Trail Walks
The Friends of North Andover Trails offer a full calendar of guided walks, trail work events and other activities. Check them out!
Trails & Sails
Trails & Sails Update
September 19-21 & 26-28, 2014


Planning is underway for the 13th annual Trails & Sails taking place September 19-21 & 26-28, and now is the time to get involved as an event host! 


Site host outreach for Trails & Sails events has begun -- and the website to submit events will officially open for business later this April. Essex Heritage seeks all kinds of experiences and invites any heritage organization or business to consider offering a unique, free event that provides residents and visitors a chance to experience your special place. Hosting a Trails & Sails event is a great way to build public awareness for your site, cause, mission and organization, and further enhance your visibility on the North Shore! Email Emily to get involved or for more information. All prior-year hosts will be emailed soon.


Trails & Sails 2014 is generously sponsored by:


Park for Every Classroom Teacher Workshop

August 4 - 8, 2014  


Calling all teachers! This summer, our Park for Every Classroom (PEC) workshop comes to Saugus Iron Works! PEC, a collaborative project with the National Park Service at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, is a free professional development program for K-12 educators of all disciplines based on the educational approach of Place-Based Service Learning.


Working with experts from the National Park Service, Essex Heritage, Salem State University, Massachusetts Archeology Education Consortium, Groundwork Lawrence, Saugus River Watershed Council and other exemplary teachers from the field, teachers will learn how to use schoolyards, communities, public lands and other special places as resources to engage students in place-based, service-learning projects that promote stewardship. Learn more and register.

Essex Heritage Hosts Regional Education Forum


Essex Heritage, in partnership with the National Park Service, recently facilitated a regional education forum involving 20 Essex County natural, historic, and cultural resource-based organizations which shared best practices for creating effective ties with schools and fostering collaboration. Presentations were given by the organizers as well as Groundwork Lawrence and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Based on the enthusiastic response, Essex Heritage will continue to offer opportunities for organizations to connect around education and will hold another regional education forum in the fall. Please email Beth Beringer, Essex Heritage Education Coordinator, with questions or expressions of interest.
Essex Heritage Participates in "New Immigration" Symposium


On April 5, Essex Heritage participated in the Lawrence History Center's well attended symposium on "new immigration."  Presentations helped participants to make connections between the complex history of immigration in the region and contemporary realities in Lawrence and other cities in the area, while scholars gave research-based insight into these issues and panelists highlighted the voices of Lawrence's immigrants themselves. Essex Heritage Education Coordinator Beth Beringer and NPS Education Specialist Maryann Zujewski, shared lessons learned from the Caribbean Connections program, a project that involved English Language Learning Middle Schoolers discovering ties between Salem and the Caribbean.

Essex Heritage Website:
Update Your Listing!

Attention all partner sites! Essex Heritage is in the process of updating the Visit section of our website to ensure potential visitors to the region have access to the most accurate information. Our website serves as a valuable resource for thousands of local residents and tourists looking to learn about our region's incredible resource sites and recreational activities. Please review your listing and return this update form to submit any necessary changes. Questions and completed update forms can be emailed to Jeremy.
See America


Calling All Artists! Do you want to spread the word about the beauty of Essex County? How about a national outlet to sell your artwork? A new creative endeavor modeled after the New Deal arts program, See America, provides an opportunity for artists to create works of art inspired by America's National Parks. As an important part of the National Park Service family, this includes National Heritage Areas like us! Spread the word to artists throughout the region or create your own poster to help represent the Essex National Heritage Area in a See America poster. Be sure to let us know if you submit a poster! Visit seeamericaproject.com to learn more.

In This Issue
RSVP for Spring Meeting!
Photo Contest & Safaris
Along the Coastal Byway
On the Trail
Trails & Sails Update
Park for Every Classroom
Heritage Education Forum
Immigration Symposium
Website Updates!
See America
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Heritage Happenings



Thursday, April 24, 10 AM

Sunday, April 27

10 AM - 2 PM

Porter Mill Spring Art Fair


Sunday, April 27

11:30 AM - 1 PM

Daffodil Day & Open House



Saturday, April 12

11 AM - 4 PM

Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant


Thursday, April 27

10 AM - 2 PM

Earth Day Fair



Friday, April 11, 7 PM &

Saturday, April 12, 10 AM

First Marine Debris Cleanup of Gloucester Harbor


Friday, April 25, 7:30 PM

CAM Film Series: Tim's Vermeer


Wednesday, April 30

5 - 6  PM


Saturday, April 12

11 AM - 12 PM

Meet The Chick Day


Saturday, April 26, 7:30 PM

Libby Concert Series: Don White, Folk Comedy



Thursday, May 1, 3 - 5 PM

Duncan House Day: 200th Birthday Party



Wednesday, April 16

7:30 PM

Saturday, April 19

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Volunteer Trail Work Day



Friday, April 18, 12 - 2 PM &

Tuesday, April 22, 12 - 2 PM

Free April Vacation Open House



Saturday, April 19

10 AM - 12 PM

Earth Day Coastal Clean-Up


Saturday, April 19, 1:30 PM


Saturday, April 12

Earth Day Clean Sweep


North Andover

Friday, April 25, 4 - 7 PM

Artist Reception for The Lance Hidy Exhibition


Wednesday, May 7, 7 PM

Certified Wild Life Gardens



Thursday, May 1, 7 PM

Free Community Concert: Berklee World Strings



Wednesday, April 16

9 AM - 3 PM

COSTEP-MA: Disaster Planning and Resilience Response Training


Wednesdays, 7 PM

April 16 - May 14

Jim McAllister's Spring Lecture Series


May 2 - 4

Massachusetts Poetry Festival


Saturday, June 7

8:30 AM - 4 PM

Symposium Celebrating the 300th anniversary of St. Michael's Church



Saturday, April 26, 1 - 3 PM

Creating with Air Plants Class



Saturday, May 3

11 AM - 2 PM

Picnic on Perkins Island



April 25 -27

Attic Treasures Sale

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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.