JULY 2015   
Bakers Island Light Update

Thanks to all of you who supported the restoration project, and a special BIG THANKS to all the Bakers Backers for pledging. Updates about the project are posted to our Kickstarter page.It's full steam ahead for restorations at the historic Bakers Island Light Station
With your amazing help, Essex Heritage surpassed the $30,000
fundraising goal to restore the lighthouse through crowd-fundraising website Kickstarter.

Get on the Boat!
Climb aboard Naumkeag, Essex Heritage's landing craft: the only boat that can bring you on an escorted, guided tour to Bakers Island Light Station! Learn more and get your tickets.
Trails & Sails 2015!
September 18-20 & 25-27, 2015

Thanks to new and returning event hosts, more than 150 events have been scheduled for this year's Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water. Get ready: the full listing of events will be posted online at www.trailsandsails.org on August 1.


Trails & Sails is generously sponsored by:

Along the Coastal
Scenic Byway

The 90-mile coastal route from Lynn to Salisbury


When BAD is good. State designates seventh local cultural district on byway. Read more.


Choate Bridge in Ipswich designated a national engineering landmark. Read more.


PEM Stickwork installation on byway in Salem. Read more.

Walk It, Run It, Ride It -- 

Essex Heritage and the YMCA of the North Shore are teaming up once again to offer "Move It!" -- our campaign to get active in Essex National Heritage Area's great outdoors. From biking, running, walking, hiking, swimming, or whatever you fancy, we want to connect YOU with the outstanding places and opportunities found only in Essex County. Enjoy our new Rail Trail Series, the YMCA of the North Shore Road Races, and dozens of other activities for all ages offered throughout the county. Start to Move It!

The Move It! program was made possible in part by a National Park Foundation 2015 Active Trails grant.

Student Showcase at Park for Every Classroom Celebration
Heritage Education Update

Learn about the innovative community-based projects that teachers and students shared at the Park for Every Classroom Showcase event last month. Read on.
Great Art for the Great Marsh
Partnership Grant Spotlight: Great Marsh Coalition


Addressing the pressing need for increased public awareness about climate change, the Great Marsh Coalition has produced four banners illustrating the consequences of sea level rise on the Great Marsh ecosystem. The works of public art illustrate Coalition issues such as marsh inundation, invasive species, land protection, and salt marsh restoration. The weatherproof banners are currently being hosted by Essex County Greenbelt at its popular Cox Reservation in Essex.

2016 Symposium: Interpretation of Northern Slavery
Heritage Education Update

Essex Heritage is delighted to announce that we received funding from Mass Humanities that will allows us to offer a spring 2016 symposium centered on effective interpretation of northern slavery. Stay tuned for updates as we engage with this important and timely topic. If you would like to know more, please contact Essex Heritage Education Coordinator Beth Beringer.
Wanted: Pioneers!

Now is the time to nominate a Pioneer in Partnership (PIP)! At our Annual Fall Meeting, Essex Heritage will recognize individuals and/or organizations that have shown leadership in building partnerships that preserve and enhance the heritage of the region. Learn more and submit a nomination: download a 2015 PIP Nomination Form (pdf).
Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members

These new and renewing
Corporate Members are committed to Essex Heritage's mission of connecting with our community through engagement with the historic places that make Essex County unique -- and we are grateful for their support!

Sustainer Circle

Benefactor Circle


Supporter Circle

In This Issue
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Heritage Happenings

Throughout Essex County

1st Saturdays thru October 

17th Century Saturdays

Thursday, July 22, 2 - 4 PM

Thursdays thru August, 6 PM

Saturdays, June - October
10 AM - 2 PM


Mondays, 3 - 7 PM

Beverly Farmers' Market

Sunday, July 19, 1 PM 
President Taft and the Gold Coast Bicycle Tour



2nd Fridays, June - October

10 AM - 3 PM


Saturdays thru October

9 AM - 12 PM 



Thursdays, thru October 8

3 - 6:30 PM

Cape Ann Farmers' Market


Sundays, thru August 9

5 - 7 PM

Saturdays, thru October
9 AM - 1 PM
Thursdays, thru August
8 PM

Tuesdays, thru August
8 - 10 PM

July 24 - 26

Wednesdays, Friday & Saturday thru October
10 AM - 3 PM

Saturday, August 1

11 AM - 3 PM


Tuesday, July 14, 7 PM


Saturdays, 7 PM & 

Sundays, 2 PM, thru August

Saturday, July 18
9 AM - 12 PM


Thursdays, thru October

3 - 7 PM



Saturday, August 22

10 AM - 4 PM

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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.