2014 Year-End Fund Drive!

Essex Heritage is about being proud of where we live. Together with the support of friends like you we work to create a community who rallies around the historic places of Essex County... because we know that there is nowhere else we would rather live!

As we set our sights on 2015, we are asking for your support so that we may continue to conserve endangered historic sites, build trails for recreation and health, and engage under-served youth in heritage preservation programs. Please join or donate to the Nowhere Else Campaign online today.
Essex Heritage Hero
Award Dinner

Please join as a sponsor of the 2015 Essex Heritage Hero Award dinner honoring


Albert Creighton, Jr.

Frederic Winthrop
Edward Becker
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Danversport Yacht Club


During the course of nearly 50 years, these three remarkable individuals have collectively inspired a powerful land conservation ethos in Essex County and beyond. We are looking forward to celebrating with Presenting Sponsor, the Institution for Savings. Like our honorees, the Institution for Savings is dedicated to making Essex County communities better places in which to live and work -- and we thank them for their support and commitment. Learn more about other sponsorship opportunities here (pdf).


2015 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner Presenting Sponsor
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

Shop Local This Holiday Season

The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway has great views, great beaches, and great recreational opportunities...but it also has great shopping! By heading to local businesses and restaurants in Byway communities for your holiday shopping you are supporting local jobs and a strong regional economy. From treasures picked up at the local Mom 'n Pop to gift certificates to the many restaurants and inns, search the Byway to sprinkle your holidays with local flavor.


Bringing in the Big Guns at Marblehead's Fort Sewall
Following the recommendations of a town-commissioned report by consultants McGinley, Kalsow & Associates, Marblehead Town Planner Becky Cutting recently presented selectmen with a $200,000 plan to address safety and cosmetic concerns, improve accessibility, and highlight the military history of the 370-year-old fort. The plan also calls for the return of artillery to the site. Learn more.


Ipswich Byway Route Improved
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) recently improved safety and enhanced the Byway traveler's experience by re-paving a heavily-traveled section of the Byway in Ipswich. In particular, the narrowed travel lanes will increase the separation between the many cars, trucks and cyclists that share use of the road. Read more.


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Trails & Sails "People's Choice Awards"

Essex Heritage is grateful to the dozens of organizations, event leaders and businesses that opened their doors and created amazing experiences for more than 6,000 people during the 13th annual Trails & Sails. Every year, we applaud their enthusiastic efforts by presenting the "People's Choice Awards" based on participant feedback. Read on to see which events were voted the top events of 2014!

Trails & Sails 2014 is generously sponsored by: 


Partnership Grant Spotlight

General Israel Putnam Chapter of the DAR
The Danvers-based chapter of the 
Daughters of the American Revolution have restored a unique architectural gem -- its rare, surviving double privy. Built circa 1823, the wooden privy features two doors and seating for seven. The privy, along with an important First Period house, sits on property formerly owned by one of Danvers most illustrious citizens - patriot, physician and judge Samuel Holten. The privy is so remarkable that it was documented in 1935 by the Historic American Building Survey and the resulting measured drawings and photographs are now housed in the Library of Congress. The restoration was completed by preservation carpentry students from the North Bennet Street School in Boston.
Essex Heritage Hosts 2nd Regional Education Forum

Last month, Essex Heritage and the National Park Service organized a second Regional Education Forum! Hosted at Maritime Gloucester and Cape Ann Museum, over 30 participants met to share best practices in creating ties between local historic, cultural and natural resource-based organizations and schools. Presentations showcased a strong partnership between Maritime Gloucester and the Manchester-Essex school district as well as a unique "Maritime Math" program pairing Lowell's Boat Shop and an Amesbury High School math teacher. All in all, the forum provided ideas for attendees to bring back to their organizations as they work to create partnerships that help students learn while using their communities' resources. Stay tuned: based on the success of the forum, Essex Heritage plans to organize similar opportunities in the future.
National Park Service Employee Honored

Congratulations to Maryann Zujewski, Education Specialist at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, on being named the 2014 Freeman Tilden award winner for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service! This prestigious award is presented to a park employee that has made outstanding contributions to the public through the interpretation of our National Parks. Maryann won for her work in developing the Park for Every Classroom program with staff from Essex Heritage. Read on to learn more.
In Case You Missed It...
New Videos Have Highlights From Recent Essex Heritage Happenings


Essex Heritage is excited to share three fantastic new videos with you, thanks to Commissioner Walt Kosmowski and BevCam. The videos have highlights from some of our recent initiatives: the opening of the new Visitor Information Desk in Salem; our Annual Fall Meeting; and the Regional Education Forum. Check them out on Essex Heritage's YouTube channel. The videos have also been made available to local cable access TV stations to air upon your request.  Share the link with friends and give your local station a call to help spread the word!

Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members

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

Benefactor Circle

Supporter Circle
In This Issue
2014 Year-End Drive
Essex Heritage Hero Award
Along the Coastal Byway
Trails & Sails Awards
Partnership Grant Sportlight
Heritage Education Update
NPS Employee Honored
In Case You Missed It...
Thanks, Corporate Members!
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events


Saturday, December 14

8:30 AM - 10 AM

Saturday, December 14

1 PM - 3 PM

Guided Hike: Foster Farm

December 1 - 31

Saturday, January 24
5 AM - 5 PM

January 30 - February 1
Cape Ann Birding Weekend

Saturday, February 7
Heritage Happenings



Thursday, December 18

5:30 - 9 PM
Amesbury Invitation Nights

Thru December 27


Wednesday, December 31

3 - 7 PM

Beverly's New Year



Sunday, December 14

3 PM

Holiday Concert: Essex Harmony



Saturday, December 13

11 AM - 3 PM

Holiday Farmers' Market at Essex Shipbuilding Museum



Saturday, December 13

Middle Street Walk

Saturday, December 20
2:30 PM

Saturday, December 13

Thru Sunday, December 14



Friday, December 12, 12 PM

Artists at the Atlantic ExploraTour


Saturday, January 10

3 - 9 PM

Saturday, December 13
10 AM - 4 PM


Saturday, December 13

10 AM - 4 PM

Phototypesetting Day


Sunday, December 21

3 - 5 PM

Winter Solstice Celebration



Saturday, December 20

7 PM
Community Event: Holiday Concert & Sing-along


Sunday, December 21,

8 - 10 AM

Birding for Beginners



Saturday, December 13 &

Saturday, December 20

2 - 4 PM

Christmas Happenings Programming at The Gables


December 18 & 19

Holiday Art Market



Saturday, December 20

11 AM - 1 PM

Breakheart Reservation: Advanced Hike



December 13 & 14

4 - 6 PM

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk


Sunday, January 11, 3 PM

"Golden Age of Silent Movies"



Sunday, December 21

2 - 4 PM

Chris Van Allsburg Author and Illustrator Book Signing


Wednesday, December 31

New Year's Eve Countdown to "Midnight"

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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 to raise the visibility of the Essex National Heritage Area, all its special places, and our ongoing activities. Articles that are 150 words or less and fit the 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.