I Heart Heritage! with Jack Good, Essex Heritage President

i heart heritage banner  is an interview series is an interview series to highlight and celebrate Essex Heritage’s diverse community of partners and supporters. While we look forward to hearing from a number of Essex Heritage supporters, participants, sponsors and partners, we asked Mr. Jack Good, Vice President of People's United Bank and Essex Heritage Board President from 2013-2015, to kick off the campaign and share his view of Essex Heritage and why he loves the Essex National Heritage Area. Interviewed April 2014. 

Jack Good (far right), with Annie Harris, Essex Heritage CEO, and Mrs. Joanne Patton (left) at the Heritage Hero Award Dinner Honoring Mrs. Patton and the Patton Family

Are you an Essex County native? If not, when and why did you move here?
No. I grew up in Lowell and came to the North Shore in 1963 after transferring from Bentley College to Gordon College in Wenham.

What do you find most inspiring about the Essex National Heritage Area?
The rich Heritage. Each community has so much history. Most residents in the area need to be reminded of our history from time to time. People travel from all over the country and the world to take in the history and beauty of the area.

If you could have an all-access pass to any place in Essex County, where would you go?
I am partial to the coastline and the marsh areas the best. My wife and I have lived in Essex for 45 years and we love every aspect of our own community. Although we will never be considered natives to our Town—it is still very important to us.

When did you first become involved with Essex Heritage?
I started as a Commissioner and realized that I could play a major role in helping to preserve and promote the wonderful work being done by the Commission.

What is your most memorable Essex Heritage moment, event or program?
At a recent Spring meeting of the Essex National Heritage Commission held at Castle Hill in Ipswich, I drove up the main driveway and was awe struck by the beauty and setting of the Castle but also the broad expanse of Crane Beach stretching from Ipswich through to Essex. That along with a beautiful sunrise made my day and a lasting memory. 

Essex Heritage is important to me because…
It is a non-profit organization with its sole mission to preserve, promote and enhance the resources of the region. As a vital link to other organizations, Essex Heritage serves as a steward in preserving, promoting and enhancing the resources of our region for the benefit of our residents as well as the thousands of tourists that visit the area each year.

Essex Heritage is important to our region, state or nation because…
We take so much of what we have for granted. Essex Heritage helps to promote and preserve all areas of our past and helps to ensure that our most important assets are preserved for the future.

Help us continue to connect people and the places that make our Heritage. Become an Essex Heritage Member.