April 2014  
2014 Partnership Grant
Recipients Announced!
Math on the Merrimack, Amesbury High School
Math on the Merrimack, Amesbury High School
Essex Heritage was pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Partnership Grants at its Annual Spring Meeting on April 30 at Gordon College in Wenham. Fifteen matching grants were awarded to organizations throughout Essex County, providing financial support to projects that encourage education, interpretation and preservation of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area. Learn more about the 2014 Partnership Grant recipients and their projects!
National Heritage Areas
in Presidential Proclamation

In his proclamation marking National Park Week 2014, President Obama put the National Heritage Areas front and center! Recognizing the 30th anniversary of the National Heritage Areas Program, President Obama noted that "For decades, the National Heritage Areas Program has enabled our Nation to set aside places that define our shared history and that will help future generations understand what it means to be American."  We couldn't agree more! Read the Proclamation.


"I Heart Heritage" is a new interview series highlighting and celebrating Essex Heritage's diverse community of partners and supporters. To kick-off the campaign, we asked Mr. Jack Good, Essex Heritage's Board President, for his view of Essex Heritage and why he loves the Essex National Heritage Area. Read Jack's full interview!

Along the Essex Coastal 
Scenic Byway

The 90-mile coastal route from Lynn to Salisbury


Cape Ann Loop Study Completed

Initiated by Essex Heritage and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a transportation planning study of the Rt. 127A/127 corridor in the communities of Gloucester and Rockport was recently completed by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization. MPO staff examined current conditions along a 15-mile section of the byway and made recommendations regarding enhanced safety, bicycle and pedestrian improvements and access to public transportation. Download study here (PDF).


Byway Sites Receive Partnership Grants

Several scenic byway communities, sites and resources will benefit from the recently announced Essex Heritage Partnership Grants. They include: Gloucester Adventure, The Highlands Coalition, Ipswich Historical Commission, Lynn Museum, Marblehead Museum, City of Newburyport, Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission. Read more.


Scenic Byway on Social Media

Did you know the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is on Facebook and Twitter? Head over to these sites today and "Like" or "Follow" us to keep up to date on all the news and happenings along this great stretch of road!


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Photo Safaris Start Soon!
Riverbend Reservation
Riverbend Reservation
Experience inspiration through your lens-- attend an Essex National Heritage Area Photo Safari!
This year, Photo Safari participants can explore Ipswich at Riverbend Reservation with Tamron and at Appleton Farms with Olympus
Photographers of all levels are invited to capture these unique and stunning Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites using the latest camera gear from Tamron or Olympus, provided by Hunts Photo & Video, with guidance from 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

Submit Your Trails & Sails Events!
Do you want to bring new visitors to your site or build public awareness and audience for your cause, mission and organization? Then host a free, fun Trails & Sails event to give residents and visitors the chance to discover and experience your special place!
The Trails & Sails event submission website is officially open for business, and there is still time to plan and submit your event, or become an event host! The event submission deadline for the printed guide is June 20. Essex Heritage will print and distribute ~6,000 guides, so don't wait! Email Emily or call us at 978-740-0444 to get involved.

Trails & Sails 2014 is generously sponsored by: 



Heritage Education Spotlight


Fox Hill's Recycling Rangers Project

Director of Fox Hill School in Danvers, Tricia Pini, and her staff have helping preschoolers become more aware of recycling in their school and the larger community. Using professional development training offered by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service, Tricia created a year-long project that involves multiple activities and engagement with community partners through which students learn to positively impact their environment. Read more about the Recycling Rangers Project.

New Commissioners Elected


Essex Heritage elected 11 new Commissioners at its Spring Meeting on April 30. "Commissioners are ambassadors and advocates for this region," said CEO Annie C. Harris, "Essex Heritage is pleased to welcome 11 new Commissioners. We are grateful for their volunteer service and leadership in promoting regional cooperation among the Area's heritage organizations." Read on.

Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members


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


Sustainer Circle: The Provident Bank


Benefactor Circle: People's United Bank

In This Issue
Partnership Grant Recipients
A Presidential Proclamation
I Heart Heritage!
Along the Coastal Byway
Photo Safaris Start Soon
Trails & Sails Update
Heritage Education Spotlight
Commissioners Elected
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Heritage Happenings



Sunday, May 18, 2 PM

Rededication Ceremony for "The Doughboy" Sculpture 


Saturday, May 31, 9 AM

Whittier Home Plant and Bake Sale



Sunday, May 18, 2 - 4 PM

Drop In Family Day at the Addison Gallery



Thursday, May 15, 6 PM

Tour of Central Cemetery


Saturday, May 17

10 AM - 1 PM

Annual Long Hill Plant Sale



2nd Fridays, May - November

10 AM - 3 PM

Discover Salem Village, Discover Danvers - Hysteria to Heroism, 1692 to 1787


Saturday, May 24

9 AM - 5 PM

Artists' Plein Air Day



Wednesday, May 14, 6 PM

Our Changing Shoreline? Community Workshop


Saturday, May 17

11 AM & 2 PM

Minister, Innkeeper, Mistress, Merchant 


Sunday, June 1, 1 - 3 PM

Lady's Slipper: Beauty & Botany



Saturday, May 10

11 AM - 2 PM

Meet the Lamb Day


Friday, June 13, 5 - 9 PM

Annual Community House Block Party



Saturday, May 10, 2 - 4 PM

Ipswich River Tree Walk


Sunday, May 18, 12 -2 PM

Ipswich River Paddle


Wednesday, May 21

7:30 PM

Evening Lecture: Pavilion Beach, Historically & Socially



Sunday, May 18, 9 AM

Thursday, May 15, 6 PM

Lynn Museum Annual Meeting



Sunday, May 18, 5 PM

Organ Recital: Bill Crane



Sunday, May 18, 10 AM

Vintage Base Ball Quadruple Header


Sunday, June 1

11 AM - 4 PM

Draft Horse Plow Day & Vintage Base Ball Game



Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 PM

Spring Invitation Night


May 25 - 26

Spring Fest


North Andover

Sunday, May 11, 1 PM

Migratory Bird Walk


Sunday, June 1, 2 - 4 PM

1920s House Party



Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 PM

The Changing Language of Artistic Expression


Saturday, May 17

10 AM - 5 PM

Motif No.1 Day



Wednesdays, May 14, 7 PM

Magnificent Men (and Women!) of the McIntire District


Thursday, May 15, 6:30 PM

Marine Invasive Species Workshop


Saturday, May 17, 10 AM

Centuries of Servants on Chestnut Street Walking Tour


Saturday, June 7

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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 historic, 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.