In This Issue
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
September 16-18 &
September 23-25

Friday,  October 7

Thursday, October 20
Saturday, October 22
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 30
The Haunting at Witch Hill

Save the Date
Wednesday
April 5, 2017
TOAST the TRAILBLAZERS
Essex Heritage's 20th Anniversary Gala

Heritage Happenings
AMESBURY
Sunday, September 25

ANDOVER
Saturdays, thru October 8
ESSEX
Thursday, September 22

Saturday, October 2
3 - 5 PM

GLOUCESTER
Saturday, October 1
11 AM - 3 PM

Saturday, October 8
11 AM - 2 PM

HAVERHILL
Saturday, October 15, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
and 1 PM - 2 PM

MANCHESTER
Saturday, October 15
NEWBURY
Friday, October 7
NEWBURYPORT
Saturday, October 9

SALEM
Monday, September 26
7 - 9:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday,
October 1 & 2
Salem Food Truck Festival

TOPSFIELD
Friday, October 14
7:30 PM

WENHAM
Saturday, October 9
1 - 4 PM

Throughout
ESSEX COUNTY
1st Saturdays thru October 
17th Century Saturdays
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SEPTEMBER 2016 
Save the Date: April 5, 2017 -  TOAST the TRAILBLAZERS
Essex Heritage's 20th Anniversary Gala

We're 20! 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Essex National Heritage Area. Join us in celebrating all of the incredible partners and friends that we've spent the last two decades working with to preserve and enhance the significant historical, cultural, and natural places that make the Essex National Heritage Area like nowhere else. Together, our trailblazing accomplishments improve our quality of life, support the regional economy, and create an even brighter future for all of Essex County.
 
Help Essex Heritage identify the region's TRAILBLAZERS by nominating one today! TRAILBLAZERS  will be celebrated at TOAST the TRAILBLAZERS , Essex Heritage's 20th Anniversary Gala, on April 5, 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.
Two Weekends of Walks and Water: September 16-18 & 23-25, 2016

Enjoy the 150+ FREE  guided walks, sails, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests  during the second and final weekend of Trails & Sails 2016 !

Trails & Sails 2016 is generously sponsored by:  Eastern Bank, Institution for Savings, and Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.
Friday, October 7,  at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

Essex Heritage is pleased to present Scaling Up: New Strategies for Landscape-scale Conservation.

The daylong symposium features regional, national, and international thought leaders who will present and discuss the conceptual framework and the implementation strategies currently being employed to conserve large lived-in landscapes such as the Essex National Heritage Area.  Learn more and register.
2016 Photo Contest
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016

2015 Grand Prize: Clamming on Plum Island by Judith Schneider
Hey, hot shot! Don't forget to snap photos for the 
2016 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest  while you're out and about in Essex County! Submit your entries by December 1 to win.  Learn more .
Partnership Grant Spotlight

Utilizing Essex Heritage Partnership Grant funds, the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance constructed a wooden kiosk alongside to the community's 2.4 mile long rail trail which connects the cities of Lawrence, MA and Salem N.H. Located adjacent to the city's historic train depot, the kiosk enhances the trail's gateway entrance by providing visitors with historical information about the rich history of the railroad and the surrounding downtown.

Kudos to the Rocks Village Memorial Association and their preservation of the Hand Tub House! Essex Heritage Trustee and Haverhill City Councilor Tom Sullivan invited Essex Heritage CEO Annie Harris to visit the restoration project last Friday where she was impressed to see how much has been accomplished by this entirely volunteer organization. They raised over $80,000 to restore the historic tub house and meeting hall dating from the 1830s, but there is more to be done. The goal is to create a museum on the first floor of the property and restore the meeting room on the second floor. Learn more about historic Rocks Village and what a "hand tub house" is.
Future Leaders Update

Essex Heritage's Future Leaders program completed its eight year as of August 31, finishing off an incredibly productive summer of working at the local National Parks as well as Bakers Island Light Station! The youth spent the summer developing skills in carpentry, electricity, grounds maintenance, ship carpentry, and sign making, with a specialized corps focused on museum work. They ended their summer cutting, gilding and installing signs at Bakers Island Light Station to mark the trails, historic buildings, and sites of historic significance.
Bakers Island Light Update

Our 2nd season at the Bakers Island Light Station is coming to a close, and we want to give a big thanks to all of the volunteers and visitors who made it such a successful summer.  Read on.
Essex Heritage extends special thanks t o our new and renewing Corporate Members!

Corporate Supporter Circle