June 2014  
Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge
Essex Heritage, in partnership with the YMCA of the North Shore, is pleased to announce the Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge -- a new program inspiring individuals and families of all ages to get active in Essex National Heritage Area's great outdoors or inside at the Y's state-of-the-art facilities. 
Stay tuned: the Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge will run July through October 2014 and offer a diverse array of opportunities to rack up walking, running, biking or swimming miles and earn fun prizes along the wayRead the press release.

The Move It! program was made possible in part by a National Park Foundation 2014 Active Trails grantThe Essex National Heritage Area is one of 37 national parks and affiliated park areas selected to receive a Active Trails grant this year.

Along the Essex Coastal
Scenic Byway

The 90-mile coastal route from Lynn to Salisbury


Schooner Adventure and Maritime Gloucester Team Up

2014 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant recipient and National Historic Landmark, Schooner Adventure, is partnering with Maritime Gloucester to bring new educational and visitor programs to Gloucester's working waterfront. The addition of Adventure, whose grant provides for the creation of a permanent on-board photo exhibit, to Maritime Gloucester's waterfront campus will help solidify Gloucester as a preeminent maritime destination. Read more.


Ipswich's Economic Development Campaign

Sharp-eyed visitors to Crane Beach this summer may discover one of 50 sculpted sand dollars shimmering in the sun. The silver and blue treasure is part of a campaign designed to celebrate all things Ipswich and boost traffic for downtown merchants, who are often bypassed by those heading to the 4.5 miles of pristine beach. Lucky sand dollar finders are able to trade in their discovery at the Ipswich Visitor Center for prize envelopes stuffed with goodies from local merchants. Read more.


Planning for Marblehead's Chadwick Lead Mills Site

Students from the Conway School of Landscape Design are actively engaged in surveying, soil assessment, and public opinion research on possible future uses for the coastal brownfield site on the border of Salem and Marblehead. Together with local residents, they have developed proposals for appropriate passive uses for the 4 acre site. Read more.


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Trails & Sails
Trails & Sails Update

Event Submission Deadline: June 20


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 connect and experience your special place!  The event submission deadline for the printed guide is June 20. Essex Heritage will print and distribute 6,000 guides, so don't wait!


Get Involved: There is still time to plan and submit your event or become a Trails & Sails event host. Email Emily or call us at 978-740-0444 to get involved. We can help with ideas for a fun event to bring new visitors to you.

Trails & Sails 2014 is generously sponsored by: 


Partnership Grant Spotlight

Essex County Greenbelt Association

As part of its 10-year campaign to protect, manage and expand osprey nesting habitat, Greenbelt utilized a 2013 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant to design, fabricate and install informational kiosks at three osprey viewing sites. The full-color interpretative panels provide information about osprey migratory behaviors, habitat preferences, breeding behavior and Greenbelt's Osprey Program. The kiosks are located at Greenbelt's Sally Weatherall Saltmarsh on Little Neck Road in Ipswich, Greenbelt's Allyn Cox Reservation and headquarters and at J.T. Farnham's Restaurant, both on Eastern Avenue (Rt. 133) in Essex. The latter two sites are on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway in Essex. Be sure to check out the Osprey Cam, a great way to see these magnificent birds of prey.

Heritage Education Spotlight

Essex Heritage Disseminates Best Practices in Education Programming
Last month, Essex Heritage was invited to showcase its model teacher place-based service learning professional development program in several settings. From the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area's annual conference at the University of Virginia to two national and regional webinars offered by the National Park Service, Essex Heritage Education Coordinator Beth Beringer and National Park Service Education Specialist Maryann Zujewski presented how our joint professional development programs utilize partnerships to increase impact and detailed why place-based service learning can be a powerful, transferable education model for any community. Via these presentations, Beth and Maryann outlined ways that attendees could use community -- and park-centered opportunities and collaborations to encourage students' sense of civic engagement and stewardship.
Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members


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


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In This Issue
Move It! 100 Miles/100 Days
Along the Coastal Byway
Trails & Sails Update
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Heritage Education Spotlight
Thanks to Corporate Members
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Heritage Happenings


Throughout Essex County

17th Century Saturdays

1st Saturdays of the month

June 7 - October 4


June 26 - July 4

Saturdays, June 21 - September 27, 10 AM - 2 PM

Saturdays, July 12, August 2 and October 4


June 20 - July 12

Danvers Family Festival


2nd Fridays, May - November

10 AM - 3 PM

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



Thursdays, June 12 - October 9, 3 - 6 PM

Cape Ann Farmers' Market


June 25 - 29

St. Peter's Fiesta



Saturdays, June 28 - 

October 25, 9AM - 1 PM

Haverhill Farmers' Market

Wednesdays, July 9 - Oct. 29
10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, June 21, 10 AM

Town Day Celebration
Sunday, June 15, 7 PM

Cinema by the Sea: Live from the Bottom of the Ocean


North Andover

Sunday, June 15

10 AM - 4 PM

Printing Arts Fair



June 6 - July 13

Rockport Chamber Music Festival


June 20 - 21

Rockport's Hidden Gardens Walking Tour



June 20 - 26

Great Salem Fire Centennial Commemoration 



Saturday, June 14

10 AM - 4 PM

Topsfield Strawberry Festival
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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 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.