Essex Heritage's 20th Anniversary Gala

A Toast to the Trailblazers

with Special Guest Secretary John Kerry

April 5, 2017, 6:30 PM
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970

It’s our 20th anniversary!  Join us in celebrating all of the incredible organizations and people that we’ve spent the last two decades working with to preserve and enhance the significant historic, cultural, and natural places that make Essex County like nowhere else. We are also THRILLED that Secretary John Kerry will joining as the celebrate. Secretary Kerry played a key role in the federal legislation designating the Essex National Heritage Area in 1996!

Who are the Trailblazers and which will receive a toast?
The public nominated 131 Trailblazers.  While all Trailblazers will be recognized at the Gala, only a few will be honored with a special toast!  The public was invited to vote for which Trailblazers will receive a toast, and the results will be revealed only at the event; toasts will be made at the Gala!


Proceeds support Essex Heritage’s work to improve your life and your community through education, recreation, preservation, and community engagement.

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