News

August 7, 2017

Enjoy hundreds of incredible places around Essex County!

T&S 2017 poster
June 12, 2017

Essex Heritage, in keeping with its long tradition of supporting the region’s unique historic, natural and cultural sites, was pleased to host a culminating event showcasing projects from the 2016-2017 Park for Every C

Photo from Park for Every Classroom Celebration
May 24, 2017

Welcome aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, the only boat that can take you to Bakers Island Light Station!

Bakers Island Light
May 18, 2017

20 Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

April 7, 2017

Learn which Trailblazers were celebrated for their exemplary work.

Toast the Trailblazers
February 14, 2017

Essex Heritage will host a 20th Anniversary Gala: A Toast to the Trailblazers fundraiser on Wednesday, April 5, 2017!

gala save the date
January 4, 2017

In 2017, Essex Heritage will fulfill a strategic priority by awarding $2,000 grants to twenty (20) qualified applicants

Essex Heritage Logo
January 4, 2017

Local Photographers Focus on Local Places to Win

2016 Grand Prize: Caught in a Vortex, Rockport, by Amy Smith
October 20, 2016

Regional leaders elected to serve on the Commission and Pioneer in Partnership Awards presented

October 18, 2016

Essex Heritage to Host Unique Fundraiser at the Historic Peirce Farm at Witch Hill

September 8, 2016

All photographers invited to submit!

2015 Grand Prize: Ipswich Clamming on Plum Island by Judith Schneider,
August 31, 2016

National and regional leaders convene to address growing threats to natural and cultural heritage

Scaling Up Logo
August 18, 2016

150+ Free Events!

June 15, 2016

Welcome aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, the only boat that can take you to Bakers Island Light Station

photo of Bakers Island Lighthouse
June 15, 2016

Find out about the innovative projects aimed at getting students out of the classroom and into their community. These students and teachers shared their work at the Park for Every Classroom Showcase event on June 8, 2016.

May 18, 2016

Wayfinding Signage System Promotes Heritage Tourism in 14 Coastal Communities

Byway Signage
May 16, 2016

Essex Heritage, a non-profit that manages and provides numerous programs preserving and enhancing Essex County’s historic, natural and cultural resource sites, is pleased to announce that Yetti Frenkel of Lynn is the winner of the Find Your Story “Winter Challenge!” 

Image from Yetti's FIND YOUR STORY video
April 15, 2016

20 Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

April 14, 2016

Regional leaders elected to serve on the Commission for the next three years

Photo of Essex Heritage President John Farmer Calls the Meeting to Order
March 3, 2016

Join the celebration by sharing YOUR favorite places in the Essex National Heritage Area!

Find Your Story (ig)
February 18, 2016

At the annual meeting of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA) in DC last week, Essex Heritage’s own CEO Annie Harris was elected as the new ANHA Chair!  Our busy CEO has served as the Vice Chair for the pa

ANHA Board of Directors
January 13, 2016

In celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary, Essex Heritage will award $2,000 grants to 20 organizations!

December 21, 2015

Local Photographers Focus on Local Places To Win!

December 8, 2015

Learn more about how educators from regional organizations joined Essex Heritage in Danvers to share best practices in outdoor and curriculum-based programming at these historic properties.

October 18, 2015

On Labor Day, the Naumkeag departed from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney St. and travelled the five miles to Bakers Island for the last time of the 2015 season

Former lighthouse keepers Lorraine and Randall Anderson with 2015 keepers Mary Hillery and Greg Guckenburg
October 15, 2015

Regional leaders elected to serve on the Commission and Pioneer in Partnership Awards presented at Annual Fall Meeting on October 15

Photo of The Cabot by Anne Wilson
September 8, 2015

Find out how a new cohort of teachers were trained to use their local communities to create engaging learning opportunities for their students through the Park for Every Classroom program, now in its 4th year.

Merrimack River Water Sampling 2
August 17, 2015

No matter what your interest or passion, you can find something to learn, explore, and enjoy!

August 12, 2015

Heritage Education Update: August 2015

July 30, 2015

Essex Heritage is soliciting bids for the fabrication and installation of directional signage along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.

July 30, 2015

Project funded through a grant from Colonel Timothy Pickering Chapter DAR and successful Kickstarter

June 25, 2015

Essex Heritage hit — exceeded, even — its $30,000 goal through crowd-fundraising website KickStarter

Photo of Bakers Island Lighthouse by Trish McGregor
June 24, 2015

New address: 10 Federal Street, Suite 12, Salem, MA 01970

google map image
June 3, 2015

Find out about the innovative community-based projects that teachers and students shared at the Park for Every Classroom Showcase event on June 3, 2015

May 19, 2015

The Essex National Heritage Area (Essex Heritage) is one of 37 national parks and affiliated park areas selected to receive a 2015 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

May 13, 2015

Trio Celebrated For 50-Year Legacy Of Regional Land Conservation

2015 Honorees
April 22, 2015

The DAR will award a $10,000 grant for the restoration of the Bakers Island Lighthouse!

photo of Bakers Island Lighthouse
April 21, 2015

15 Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

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March 31, 2015

Trio Celebrated for 50-Year Legacy of Regional Land Conservation

photo of 2015 Heritage Hero Award Recipients
January 14, 2015

Essex Heritage will offer grants to Essex County organizations through the Partnership Grant Program.

Photo of  the 1832 Privy at Holten House, Danvers
January 6, 2015

Local Photographers Focus on Local Places To Win

2014 Grand Prize: Plum Island, Ipswich by Ken Jordan
December 18, 2014

Essex Heritage and Salem Maritime share model program

Educators at the Park for Every Classroom Workshop
December 15, 2014

On Friday, December 12, 2014, the US Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

October 23, 2014

Regional leaders elected and awards presented at Annual Fall Meeting

September 16, 2014

Provides visitors and residents with information about Area attractions

Ryan talks with a guest at the Information Desk
September 10, 2014

Teachers Experience Place Based Learning in the Essex National Heritage Area

Park For Every Classroom at Saugus Iron Works NHS
September 9, 2014

No matter what your interest or passion, you can find something to learn, explore, and enjoy during Trails & Sails!

September 9, 2014

From history to culture to the great outdoors Trails & Sails has something for everyone

September 9, 2014

Events cater to history buffs, art & culture vultures, outdoor enthusiasts, and more! Southern Essex County to Host 25+ Free TRAILS & SAILS Events

September 9, 2014

Program encourages preservation and healthy lifestyles by promoting cultural tourism of unique resources

Trails & Sails poster
September 9, 2014

Events promote cultural tourism around region's unique heritage resources

September 9, 2014

Eastern Essex County events encourage preservation and healthy lifestyles

September 9, 2014

Bakers Island residents adjust as lighthouse changes hands
By Joel Brown | Globe Correspondent

Photo Copyright John Blanding, Globe Staff, File 1995
August 27, 2014

Deed to historic Bakers Island Light Station transferred to Essex Heritage!

photo of transfer
August 21, 2014

New Regional Information Desk opens September 16 in Salem

Ryan and Kathryn smile behind new Information Desk
July 22, 2014

Month-long Program Culminates in July 31 Exhibit Opening

photo of Salem at SEA students
July 9, 2014

Essex Heritage has teamed up with the YMCA of the North Shore to launch Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge – a new program inspiring individuals and families of all ages to get active.

Move It! logo
May 21, 2014

With the 2014 Active Trails grant, Essex Heritage will team up with the YMCA of the North Shore to launch Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge!

photo of Clipper City Rail Trail by Geordie Vining
May 7, 2014

"Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence" named "Best Witch History Attraction in Massachusetts"

May/June Yankee Magazine cover
May 6, 2014

Regional leaders elected to serve on the Commission for the next three years.

Thomas MacDonald, Annie Harris, and Jack Good
April 30, 2014

Essex Heritage awards 15 Partnership Grants to local organizations.

The Town of Merrimac accepts its award.
March 17, 2014

New report shows Essex Heritage generates more than $150 million in economic impact.

infographic
March 10, 2014

"Essex...is one of dozens of heritage areas making America’s best idea even better."

Cover image: Stewards & Storytellers
January 21, 2014

Amesbury Middle School students benefit from Place-Based Service Learning.

Lowell's Boat Shop
December 23, 2013

Essex Heritage and Salem Maritime National Historic Site team up to help Lynn students connect to history.

photo of Students at Salem Maritime NHS
December 11, 2013

The beauty of the Essex National Heritage Area on full display!

Rockport Dock
December 10, 2013

Learn about the “Elusive Inclusivity” presentation at Valley Forge National Historic Site and our Public History Presentation at UMass. Lowell

December 10, 2013

Join us in applauding the five events that received the most votes from participants this year.

A group digs for history during Trails & Sails.
December 5, 2013

The National Park Service recently submitted an evaluation of Essex Heritage to Congress.

Friendship of Salem next to Custom House
November 15, 2013

The Essex National Heritage Commission awarded its 2013 Essex Heritage Hero Award to Joanne Holbrook Patton and the Patton family last night.

photo of Joanne Holbrook Patton and the Patton Family
November 11, 2013

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, in collaboration with Essex National Heritage Commission and Massachusetts Archaeology Education Consortium, hosted a professional development workshop based on the educational approach of Place-Based Service Learning for Haverhill teachers on November 5.

photo of Haverhill Teachers at Saugus Iron Works
October 16, 2013

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October 16, 2013

Preschoolers at the Fox Hill Preschool in Danvers will create classroom recycling centers after teachersattended a Place Based Service-Learning workshop, co-presented by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service Salem Maritime Historic site.

September 6, 2013

New Commissioners Welcomed, Special Awards Given Out, Regional Initiatives Discussed, and results of a national study on Heritage Areas show high performance in Essex County

photo of Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013 (Salem, MA) – Interested in tasting wine made in Topsfield? Seeing some of the oldest Tiffany glass windows in the world – in Lynn?  How about visiting where gunpowder was stored during the Civil War in Newburyport, or going rock climbing in Lawrence?

Trails & Sails 2013
August 7, 2013

Culminating a month-long summer enrichment program, 40 Salem high school English Language Learning (ELL) students unveiled a self-curated art exhibit at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem on August 1.

photo Salem at SEA Program Exhibit Highlights Work of English Language Learning High School Students
August 7, 2013

As an extension of the “Making the Caribbean Connection” program tying youth to local heritage, middle school-aged children in Salem served as crew aboard the Schooner Fame during a week-long summer camp.

photo Caribbean Connection Youth Become Crew on Fame
August 7, 2013

For the second year in a row, Essex Heritage collaborated with Salem Maritime National Historic Site to plan and facilitate a very successful teacher professional development four-day workshop that introduced Essex County educators to a Place-Based, Service-Learning (PBSL) pedag

Park for Every Classroom
June 5, 2013

Hands-on lessons in gardening at the Page School has cultivated tendrils between school departments, community organizations and commercial ventures.

May 24, 2013

Two Spofford Pond Elementary School teachers are leading their third grade classes in an assignment that should ultimately address Spofford Pond’s questionable health while giving students a hands-on learning experience.

A man and boy remove trash from Spofford Pond.
May 8, 2013

Essex Heritage launched the redesign of its website, www.essexheritage.org, to provide visitors, members and partner organizations with even more relevant and easy-to-find information on the historic, cultural and natural resources in Esse

Essex Heritage Website
April 22, 2013

Business Brief:  Recent Nominations to serve as Commissioners:

 

April 22, 2013

Salem, MA---The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) welcomed over 150 community and business leaders from around Essex County to its Annual Spring meeting held at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill  April 10.

April 11, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Partnership Grant recipients!

Winnekenni Castle, Haverhill
April 11, 2013

Essex Heritage welcomed community and business leaders of Essex County to its Annual Spring Meeting.

Winnekenni Castle, Haverhill
February 28, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 8:00 - 10:00 AM, at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill!

February 14, 2013

West Newbury sixth-graders use area as backyard resource.

A student and teacher hike through the woods.
January 10, 2013

Partnership Grant program announced!

December 15, 2012

Connecting the history of Caribbean islands with the historic sites in Salem.

December 3, 2012

The Essex National Heritage Area has announced the winners of its 2012 photo contest, with 13 local photographers recognized for photos taken throughout the Essex National Heritage Area, an area covering 500 square miles of Eastern Massachusetts north of Boston.

November 14, 2012

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) welcomed over 100 business and community leaders from around Essex County to its Annual Fall meeting, on Thursday, November 8.

November 14, 2012

Newburyport's restoration of its historic powder house won a regional award at the annual meeting of the Essex National Heritage Commission last week.

Newburyport Powder House award
November 13, 2012

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) welcomed over 100 business and community leaders from around Essex County to its Annual Fall meeting, on Thursday, November 8.

November 13, 2012

The Essex National Heritage Commission, an entity dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing public awareness of historic and cultural resources in the 34 communities of Essex County, met for its annual fall meeting last week, where a number of local business and community leaders were reco

November 2, 2012

Three Salem events were recently awarded People's Choice Awards. Read the article (PDF).

November 1, 2012

The purpose of Making the Caribbean Connection is to build stronger connections by engaging local youth in uncovering the untold stories - past and present - between their homeland islands in the Caribbean and the historic sites in Salem which have interacted with the islands for centuries.

Making the Caribbean Connection photo
November 1, 2012

Essex Heritage Announces the 2012 People's Choice Awards: the best of 2012 as voted on by participants. Read the press release (PDF).

October 18, 2012

The Guide features North Shore destinations from museums and historic homes to beaches and wildlife refuges. Read the article.

October 12, 2012

Learn about the History, Culture & Nature on the North Shore from Joel Brown. Read the article (PDF).

October 11, 2012

A historic house that stood in Ipswich for 200 years and now is on exhibit in Washington will be a central attraction as the town celebrates its history this weekend.

September 2, 2012

Recently there has been a name change to the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway that stretches from Route 95 in Newburyport to Lynn to the South.

August 8, 2012

The Essex National Heritage Commission and the National Park Service are pleased to receive a $5000 donation from TD Charitable Foundation to support Essex Youth Summer Jobs program.

August 6, 2012

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation donated $5,000 to the Essex National Heritage Commission in Essex County as part of the bank's commitment to giving back to the community.

July 19, 2012

On Thursday, about a dozen students were at the former Polish Club at St.

July 18, 2012

The Essex National Heritage Commission in Salem recently received a grant to fund a project to engage underserved Latino youth, while MASS MoCA in North Adams and SculptureNow in Becket received grants to support the display of art works.

December 18, 2007

From twinkling lights along the Lawrence Canal to a lone snowy egret in the Great Marsh, the award-winning entries of this year’s Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC) Photo Contest captured the true essence of our Essex National Heritage Area.