Essex National Heritage Area 20th Anniversary Trailblazers!

Essex Heritage hosted its 20th Anniversary Gala: A Toast to the Trailblazers on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.  To mark this special occasion, Essex Heritage toasted the Trailblazers: the extraordinary organizations and people who make the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) so exceptional. The public submitted nominations for the following 131 Trailblazers.

TRAILBLAZERS

Andover Bread Loaf at Phillips Academy, Andover
Andover Bread Loaf’s mission is to promote literacy and educational revitalization in the most economically disadvantaged school systems and communities around the world, particularly in US urban public schools. 

Andover Historical Society, Andover
Andover Historical fosters connections and civic engagement by gathering and sharing Andover’s stories. Preserving the Past. Educating for the Future. Connecting with our Community.

Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS), Andover
AVIS is a non-profit land trust dedicated to acquiring land and preserving it in its natural state, and encouraging public use and quiet enjoyment of the reservations. Founded in 1894, AVIS is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country.

Asbury Grove Historical Society, Hamilton
To inform and educate the public about the history of Asbury Grove and to restore and preserve the historic buildings located there.

Bay Circuit Trail Alliance, Appalachian Mountain Club, Statewide
Protect, maintain, and promote a public recreation trail and greenways corridor traversing over 230 miles, encompassing 57 communities in Eastern Massachusetts and linking parks and open spaces surrounding metropolitan Boston.

Beverly Heritage Project, Beverly
The Beverly Heritage Project is dedicated to celebrating Beverly’s rich heritage while also exploring creative ways to harness its power to move Beverly forward.

Beverly Historical Society, Beverly
To collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate Beverly’s regional history.

Bike to the Sea, Everett, Malden, Saugus, Revere & Lynn
Bike to the Sea, Inc. celebrates its 25th anniversary this year promoting bicycle safety and has been the lead proponent of the Northern Strand Community Trail in Lynn and Saugus, linking the Essex National Heritage Area with the trails along the Mystic and Charles River. The Trail has been designated to be part of National Bicycle Route 1 and the East Coast Greenway. 

Brian Murphy Graphic Design, Beverly
Brian Murphy is a talented artist who uses his artistic gifts to enhance the life of Beverly residents.  Brian is an active member of Beverly Rotary, Beverly Main Streets, and Beverly Arts District. 

Brooksby Farm, Peabody
Brooksby Farm is a historic, local farm for pick-your-own-fruit and shop selling locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society
The mission of the Buttonwoods Museum is to collect and preserve history, and to educate the community about Greater Haverhill’s past and culture.

The Cabot Theatre, Beverly
As stewards of the historic Cabot Street Cinema Theater, the mission of the Cabot Performing Arts Center is to educate and engage the community through the presentation of high-quality performing arts. The Cabot will provide a full calendar of quality films, world-class live music, and exceptional events to enrich the cultural and economic life North of Boston.

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Gloucester
To serve as the principal voice of business while working to enhance both the economic environment and the quality of life for the citizens of Cape Ann.

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
The mission of the Cape Ann Museum is to: Foster an appreciation of the quality and diversity of life on Cape Ann, past and present; Further the knowledge and enjoyment of Cape Ann history and art; Collect and preserve significant information and artifacts; And, encourage community involvement with its programs and holdings. 

Cape Ann Trail Stewards, Cape Ann
Trails, from meandering paths to stony fire roads, connect Cape Ann communities across borders, public and private land, and diverse natural landscapes. CATS helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail system and recreational areas. CATS works with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to protect and preserve land for its recreational and ecological values. CATS promotes the understanding of the wildlife and natural resources of our woodlands and wetlands.

Cape Pond Ice, Gloucester
Dealers in Cape Pond Ice since 1848 for fishing vessels, hotels, restaurants, saloons, markets & family use.

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
A family owned pick your own orchard dedicated to diversity, renewable energy, and sharing the love.

Cinema Salem, Salem
An independent movie theater located in historic downtown Salem, and home of the Salem Film Fest —one of America’s largest all-documentary film festivals.

Clark Farm, Danvers
Clark Farm has been in the Hobart/Clark family since 1728.  It is classified as one of America’s Founding Farms. 

Clean River Project, Rocky Morrison (founder), Methuen
Clean River Project Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cleaning and preservation of our nations rivers, lakes, and streams. Our mission is to clean, protect, and provide a safer water supply to the many cities and towns who rely heavily on this natural resource.

Clipper Heritage Trail, Newburyport
The Clipper Heritage Trail website celebrates Newburyport’s 300 year history by helping to facilitate an understanding of its historical, cultural and natural treasures through self-guided history tours, downloadable brochures, maps and free mobile apps. 

Coastal Trails Coalition, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, & Salisbury
The Coastal Trails Coalition (CTC) is composed of citizens and communities in the Lower Merrimack Valley whose mission is to advocate for the Coastal Trails Network, an emerging 30-mile, public system of bicycle and pedestrian trails linking the unique coastal features, town centers, neighborhoods and transportation hubs in the communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. The trail network offers residents and visitors a healthy, alternative means of exercising, shopping, commuting or simply enjoying the region’s abundant natural, historic and cultural resources.

Community Preservation Coalition, Statewide
The Community Preservation Coalition plays a leading role in working with the state and local governments and key partner organizations to help preserve Massachusetts communities’ unique character through the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The Coalition helps municipalities understand, adopt and implement CPA, and advocates for CPA at the state level, thereby advancing smart growth and sustainable development in communities across Massachusetts. 

Creative Salem, Salem
Creative Salem is an organization of like-minded creative individuals with the mission of ensuring creativity and the arts are a relevant part of daily community and small business life and educating people on the importance arts and creativity play in the community.

Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport
Protect, preserve, interpret, and celebrate our maritime heritage and how it relates to American History.

Danvers Alarm List Co./ Rebecca Nurse House, Danvers
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is a volunteer run, non-profit, historic house museum. The site is owned and operated by the Danvers Alarm List Company; a Revolutionary War reenacting group, and non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the events of 1692, about life in the 17th and 18th century, and preserving the Nurse Homestead. 

Danvers Historical Society, Danvers
To preserve, share, and educate about the history Salem Village and the town of Danvers; connecting youth with their local history and encouraging preservation of their heritage for future generations.

Daughters of the American Revolution, General Israel Putnam Chapter, Danvers
The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Derby Square Tours, Jim McAllister, Salem
Jim McAllister founded Derby Square Tours in 1983 to promote the history and culture of Salem and the North Shore through tours, lectures and lecture series, courses, his writings and photographs, and consultations with other businesses, organizations and institutions. 

Destination Salem, Salem
Destination Salem cooperatively markets Salem as one of Massachusetts’ best destinations for families, couples, domestic, and international travelers who are seeking an authentic New England experience, cultural enrichment, American history, fine dining, unique shopping, and fun.

Discover Gloucester, Gloucester
Discover Gloucester works to promote tourism and the visitor-based economy by increasing awareness of Gloucester as a desirable visitor destination.

East Coast Greenway Alliance, Statewide
To partner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations to promote the establishment, stewardship, and public enjoyment of a traffic-free multi-user trail linking cities and towns from Maine to Florida.

EBSCO Information Services, Ipswich
EBSCO Information Services is the leading provider of resources for libraries including discovery, resource management, databases, e-books, historical digital archives and more.

Endicott College, Beverly
Shaped by a bold entrepreneurial spirit, Endicott College offers students a vibrant academic environment that remains true to its founding principle of integrating professional and liberal arts with experiential learning including internship opportunities across disciplines.  The College fosters a spirit of excellence by creating a challenging yet supportive and inclusive environment in which students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, pursue scholarly and creative interests, contribute to the community, and explore diverse career paths.  

Essex Agricultural Society/Topsfield Fair, Topsfield
The Essex Agricultural Society is dedicated to the following tasks: to encourage, promote, and preserve Essex County agricultural activities and to educate the general public regarding their importance.  We strive to do this in an atmosphere of fun and excitement through the medium of the Topsfield Fair. 

Essex Base Ball Club: 19th Century Vintage Base Ball, North Shore MA & Beyond
Established in 2002, the Essex Base Ball Organization strives to recreate and educate people on the history and how the game of baseball was played in the 19th century.

Essex County Community Foundation, Danvers
The mission of Essex County Community Foundation is to strengthen the communities of Essex County. We do this by inspiring philanthropy and managing assets, making grants and engaging in strategic community leadership.  

Essex County Greenbelt, Essex
Greenbelt, Essex County’s land trust, works with local landowners and the 34 cities and towns of Essex County to conserve open space, the region’s farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes. Our work helps ensure a healthy food supply, maintain clean water, protect native plants and animals, and create free and accessible places for outdoor recreation and nature observation – all of which contribute to our quality of life. 

Essex County Trail Association, Hamilton
Essex County Trail Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of open trails in our local communities for the purpose of passive recreation and the benefit of our environment.  We partner with landowners, as well as local, state, and national organizations to protect and promote responsible trail use. 

Essex River Basin Adventures (ERBA), Essex
Essex River Basin Adventures is the longest running sea kayak adventure company in Massachusetts, providing guided sea kayak tours, lessons, and sales since 1994.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex
The mission of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is to provide a center for education, preservation, and study of traditional Essex shipbuilding and the community that supported it.  We value the skills, creativity, learning abilities, and connectedness to the environment of the Essex shipbuilders, and we believe that building a clear understanding and appreciation of their unique craftsmanship serves as a valuable model for us today.

Everett Mills, Lawrence
For over 100 years, the majestic Everett Mills has anchored downtown Lawrence as a place of industry and work.  Today, our multi-tenanted facility strives to provide an environment in which businesses and careers can take root and grow. Everett Mills Real Estate fosters an ecosystem of education, workforce development and entrepreneurship in the heart of Lawrence.

Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport
The mission of the Firehouse (Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities) is to advance the arts and humanities in the Greater Newburyport region by fostering the growth and development of the individual artists and cultural organizations.

The Food Project- North Shore
The Food Project’s mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. Our community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities, and inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities.

Friends of Lynn Woods, Lynn
Friends of Lynn Woods, incorporated in 1990, is the primary community group involved in maintaining and improving the 2,200 acres of forest and wetlands that comprise Lynn Woods. We engage the community by improving public access, planning yearly clean-ups, and organizing fun family events. 

Friends of North Andover Trails, North Andover
The Friends of North Andover Trails is a not-for-profit, community-based organization dedicated to preserving and supporting North Andover’s public trail system. 

Friendship of Salem Volunteers, Salem
Friendship of Salem Volunteers work to communicate with our members, friends and public the thoughts, work and sailings of the crew of the Friendship of Salem.

George Peabody House Museum, Peabody
The mission of the George Peabody House Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret the life and legacy  of philanthropist and native son George Peabody.

Gloucester Harbor Walk, Gloucester
Gloucester Harbor Walk is a free, public, multimedia walking tour along Gloucester’s working waterfront and historic downtown district. Forty-two locally-quarried granite Story Posts bring Gloucester’s mariners, artists, innovators, and interesting characters to life.  In addition to the heritage and culture of the working waterfront and downtown, you’ll get a glimpse of today’s vibrant and diverse community.  

Gloucester Schooner Adventure, Inc., Gloucester
The mission of The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is to: Restore and preserve the Schooner Adventure for the enrichment of future generations and their love of the sea; Enable the Schooner Adventure to serve as a community resource for educational programming focusing on maritime, cultural, and environmental issues; Operate the Schooner Adventure at sea as a living symbol of America’s maritime heritage.

Great Marsh Coalition
The Great Marsh Coalition is a group of organizations and agencies that began meeting in spring 2000 to discuss ways of building a regional consciousness and identity for the Great Marsh. The Coalition supports a coordinated approach to education, research, protection, and management to promote preservation, restoration, and stewardship of the Great Marsh. 

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Newburyport
The mission of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce is to provide our membership with the tools, environment, and leadership to achieve success, clearly define and communicate to our members the value and benefit of membership, be inclusive and meaningful to all of our members and advocate and lead on local, regional, and national issues that affect our members and encourage, nurture, and attract business to and within the communities we serve.

Green Meadows Farm, Hamilton
Green Meadows Farm is the region’s oldest, family-owned certified organic farm and CSA, founded by Major General George S. Patton in 1982.

Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence
Groundwork Lawrence’s mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being

H.A. Burnham Boat Building & Design, Essex
“When Harold undertakes a project, it inevitably becomes a community project. In the process, not only does he build fine boats, but he nourishes a community of individuals that develops an appreciation for and understanding of this traditional art form—and determination to help keep that tradition alive.” 

Hamilton Hall, Salem
Our mission is to preserve Hamilton Hall for the assembly of the greater community and as a significant historic building and institution.

Historic New England, New England Wide
We serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage.

Historic Salem Inc., Salem
Historic Salem’s mission is to ensure that the historic resources of Salem, Massachusetts, which are the key to its identity, its quality of life, and its economic vitality, are preserved for future generations and that new development complements the historic character of the city.

History Alive, Inc., Salem
History Alive, Inc. is committed to the production of new artistic work based on true stories from the past. Emphasis is given to interactive theatre so that actors and audience together, through a dynamic way of engaging with history, might broaden their understanding of the present and gain a fresh sense of purpose within their own era. The company also seeks to invigorate the local economy by designing activities that connect people to a distinct, local history 

The House of the Seven Gables, Salem
To preserve our National Historic Landmark District and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide educational opportunities for our local immigrant community.

Ipswich ReCreation & Visitor Center
Ipswich Visitor Center is the hub for community enrichment, providing centralized coordination of recreational and cultural programming in celebration of Ipswich arts, open space, history and heritage for residents and visitors alike.

Ipswich River Watershed Association, Ipswich
The Ipswich River Watershed Association works to make sure there is enough clean water for people and nature and provides places for people to have fun outdoors.

Kestrel Educational Adventures, Gloucester
The mission of Kestrel Educational Adventures is to inspire wonder, understanding and connection to the natural world.

Kim Smith Designs, Gloucester
Through film, photography, and storytelling we strive to foster appreciation for and conservation of the rich culture and natural environment of the North Shore of Massachusetts. 

Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence
Lawrence Heritage State Park’s mission is to celebrate the city’s heritage, provide community meeting places, be a model of historic preservation, offer recreational urban greenspaces, partner with neighbors and stakeholders, and by doing all the above, to be a catalyst for Lawrence’s revitalization.

Lawrence History Center, Lawrence
Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.

Lawrence Partnership, Lawrence
The Lawrence Partnership is a private/public sector collaboration for the economic development and general improvement of the City of Lawrence. 

LEAP for Education, Salem
LEAP for Education empowers low income and first-generation-to-college students to perform at higher levels in middle school and high school, and to graduate college prepared to pursue a successful career that matches their strengths and passions.

Lowell’s Boat Shop, Amesbury
To preserve and perpetuate the art and craft of wooden boat building and promote the history of Lowell’s Boat Shop and its environs.

Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts, Lynn
The Lynn Museum was founded in 1897 to collect, preserve and illuminate the city’s remarkable history. The museum has evolved into a vibrant cultural center, expanding its footprint to include the LynnArts building and offer changing exhibitions and innovative youth and adults programs which engage and enrich Lynn’s diverse community. 

Lynnfield Historical Society, Lynnfield
Founded in 1954, the mission of the Lynnfield Historical Society is to preserve and maintain the Old Meeting House built in 1714, the third oldest puritan meeting house in continual use and standing on its original green.

Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust, Manchester
Preserving natural beauty, wildlife, and resources at the gateway to Cape Ann.

Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead
Marblehead Arts Association enriches Marblehead and the surrounding area by fostering a vibrant and active artistic community.

Marblehead Chamber of Commerce, Marblehead
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement and development of the business community. The Chamber is more than 300 members strong and represents more than 80 industries.

Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester
The mission of the Maritime Gloucester is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, our maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences.

Masconomet Regional High School, Boxford
The Masconomet High School community believes that learning enables us all to achieve ambitious personal goals, develop fine minds, and build strong character.  Therefore, we foster the acquisition of attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for life-long learners to think critically in order to participate in a global society. 

Mass Audubon, Statewide
To protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
To protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.

Maudslay Arts Center, Newburyport
Maudslay Arts Center, Inc. established in 1992, is a non-profit organization that works in a public/private partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide a cultural center for the cities and towns of the Merrimack Valley. 

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC), Haverhill
To foster a cooperative effort among our 15 communities in resolving common regional issues, to allow our communities to plan jointly, and to promote with the greatest efficiency and economy the coordinated and orderly development of the region and the general welfare of our residents.

Merrohawke Nature School/Boat Camp, Newburyport
Merrohawke Nature School provides meaningful outdoor nature connection programs at sea and on land, for all ages, in all seasons, to inspire a deep connection to land and sea, a strong sense of self, and compassion for all. We endeavor towards a world where all youth grow strong by nature, know how to tend the wild within, and as adults act compassionately with the earth always in mind.

Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen
Methuen Memorial Music Hall was built by Edward Francis Searles to house “The Great Organ”. 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Boston
Promote smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes: Protecting the environment; Supporting economic development; Encouraging sustainable land use; Improving transportation; Bolstering affordable housing; Ensuring public safety; Advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds; Fostering collaboration among municipalities.

Montserrat College of Art, Beverly
Founded by working creative professionals, Montserrat College of Art provides an individualized education focused on maximizing the professional and personal success of each student. Structured around experiential learning, studio practice, liberal arts, and professional preparation, the mission of the college ensures that its graduates leave equipped with the competence, confidence, and habits of mind to build lives of creative enterprise and community engagement. Montserrat recognizes its role as an economic driver and cultural leader in the region.

Nahant Preservation Trust, Nahant
The Nahant Preservation Trust is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to preserve our open spaces, historically significant properties, and our conservation lands for public and community benefit. 

National Park Service, Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites
The National Park Service preserved unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Designated in 1938, Salem Maritime National Historic Site is the country’s first national historic site and the first designation under the Historic Sites Act of 1935. The park’s buildings, structures, archeological sites, landscape, and collections illustrate Salem’s nationally significant role in the development of international maritime trade from the late seventeenth to the mid nineteenth century. Designated in 1968, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site preserves and interprets the archeological sites and features, the historic and reconstructed structures and scene, and the museum collections associated with America’s first sustained, integrated and successful iron works venture, which operated on the Saugus River from 1646 to 1670.

New England Biolabs Foundation, Beverly
The New England Biolabs Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes and the biocultural diversity found in these places. We support grassroots organizations and other NGOs in selected countries of Central America, Andean South America, and West Africa.  In addition, in support of our local roots, we also provide grants for community-based conservation and cultural projects in coastal communities on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

New England Museum Association, Arlington
NEMA inspires and connects people engaged with the museum field, provides tools for innovative leadership, and empowers museums to sustain themselves as essential to their communities. 

Newburyport Preservation Trust, Newburyport
The Newburyport Preservation Trust is a non-profit membership organization that brings together people from Newburyport and beyond who value the preservation of the city’s period architecture, neighborhood ambiance, heritage landscapes and authentic historic character. 

North Andover Historical Society, North Andover
The North Andover Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution, dedicated to preserving, acquiring, teaching, exhibiting and researching North Andover history. In addition, the North Andover Historical Society supports and promotes the architectural and landscape heritage of the town.

North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Salisbury
The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. (NBCVB) is a private, nonprofit, membership based organization responsible for promotion of Essex County as a travel destination. Established by legislation as one of the state’s 16 regional tourism councils, NBCVB is the official liaison between the North of Boston region and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

North Shore Community Development Coalition, Salem
North Shore Community Development Coalition invests in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. 

Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover
Founded in 1973, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is the first independent conservation laboratory in the nation to specialize in treating collections made of paper or parchment, such as photographs, books, maps, manuscripts, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, and works of art on paper. The Center offers conservation treatment, digital imaging, and audio preservation services, as well as training, consultations, and disaster advice for collections. NEDCC serves cultural institutions and individuals nationwide, and is a trusted resource for information on the preservation of paper-based collections.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Nahant
The Northeastern University Marine Science Center aims to educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, and to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs. Its outreach program also helps it to foster interest in the pursuit of marine-related academics and careers and to promote ocean and environmental literacy.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Newburyport
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 primarily to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge is of vital stopover significance to waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds during pre- and post-breeding migratory periods.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
The mission of the Peabody Essex Museum is to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses. Through its exhibitions, programs, publications, media and related activities, PEM strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world.

Peirce Farm at Witch Hill, Topsfield
This Victorian Era Gentleman’s Farm has a combination of history, charm and rustic elegance that will guarantee an unforgettable event day. The unique setting of nineteenth century landscapes, architecture, décor and bucolic charm will enchant you and your guests and be remembered for many years to come. Our mission is for every guest to have a one of a kind experience to talk about for years.

Pickering House/Pickering Foundation, Salem
The Pickering Foundation cultivates an appreciation for one family’s role in the American experience, which is manifested in the preservation of the historic home for the enrichment and enjoyment of the community.

Pike Messenger, Middleton Stream Team, Middleton
An active member of the Middleton Steam Team for two decades, he has written a column, The Water Closet, for the team and for the Ipswich River Watershed Association weekly since 2005.  The Stream Team’s mission is to protect our wetlands and to educate folks about them.  

Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology at Phillips Academy, Andover 
Today’s Peabody Museum employs collaborative learning to actively engage students, teachers, scientists, and Native Americans with the museum’s significant archaeology and anthropology collections, while also encouraging and enlivening cultural discourse on race and gender.

Rockport Art Association, Rockport
The Rockport Art Association & Museum is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country.  The Association has a long and distinguished history of making fine art appreciation accessible to all.

Rockport Information Center, Rockport
Create the perfect introduction for visitors to the naturally beautiful, historic and cultural town of Rockport.

Rockport Music, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Located in the scenic town of Rockport, Rockport Music’s stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center is an intimate concert setting presenting the world-renowned classical, jazz and folk artists year-round, as well as HD Broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre of London and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Rocks Village Memorial Association, Haverhill
Dedicated to improving the quality of life in Haverhill by fostering a community in Rocks Village through events, education, and historic preservation of the local fire/meeting house.

Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester
The mission of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc. is to nurture excellence in the arts and to celebrate the artistic history and culture of Rocky Neck. Today, dozens of working artists from painters, potters, and textile designers to photographers and jewelry makers, display their work in Rocky Neck galleries.

Russ Cohen, Author & Wild Edibles Expert, Arlington
Russ Cohen has spent most of his life communing with nature by nibbling on it. He has led walks and taught courses on wild edibles since 1974, and now conducts over three dozen walks and talks on this subject each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast.  

Russell Orchards Farm and Winery, Ipswich
Russell Orchards is a 120 acre family owned and operated fruit farm in Ipswich, with farm animals, pick-your-own, bakery, and award-winning winery.

Salem Athenaeum, Salem
To preserve and excite the literary and cultural passions of the North Shore.

Salem Award Foundation, Salem
Drawing upon the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the mission of the Salem Award Foundation is to promote awareness, understanding and empathy in support of human rights, tolerance and social justice. We advance social change through educational programming, stewardship of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial as a place of reflection, and by awarding and celebrating contemporary champions who embody our mission.

Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem
The mission of the Salem Chamber of Commerce is to make Salem a better place to live, work, and do business. The Salem Chamber serves as the voice for member businesses, representing, advocating and working to enhance the business and civic environment. With 600 members, we are the largest business organization in Salem.

Salem Film Festival, Salem
Salem Film Fest engages filmmakers and audiences by bringing to Salem thought-provoking documentary films and their creators from around the world. This one week event, full of screenings, forums and special events creates a dialogue that fosters a better understanding of how documentary film can inspire, educate, motivate and entertain.

Salem Historical Society, Salem
The Salem Historical Society is an independent organization dedicated to the study, promotion, and preservation of Salem’s history for the benefit of the community and its visitors.

Salem Partnership, Salem

The Salem Partnership shall facilitate collaboration between businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies in which risks, resources, and skills are shared in projects related to the revitalization and restoration of the City of Salem and its general vicinity, which benefit both the partners and community in general.  

Salem Pioneer Village 1630, Salem
Built in 1930 to mark the tercentennial of Massachusetts, Pioneer Village is America’s first living history museum. The village sits on three acres of land and contains various examples of colonial architecture while culinary and medicinal gardens, and a blacksmith shop, further interpret early 17th-century colonial life.

Salem Sound Coastwatch, Salem
Salem Sound Coastwatch has been working for 25 years to make our coastal waters and marine habitats clean and safe.

Salem State University History Department, Salem
Salem, Massachusetts is home to the China Trade, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nathaniel Bowditch, spectacular historic buildings, witch trials, amazing museums, and a college with a history department that is dedicated to teaching as well as utilizing this rich historical legacy.

Schooner Fame, Salem
The Schooner FAME of Salem offers hands-on, traditional sailing opportunities to locals and visitors of all ages and backgrounds. We take history, education, and the ocean seriously — but we also have serious fun!

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Gloucester
Our mission is to keep Gloucester’s history alive, while providing an authentic and fun experience to guests, by giving locals and tourists the unique experience of sailing aboard a traditional wooden Gloucester fishing schooner. 

Smolak Farms, North Andover
Smolak Farms offers something fun for everyone—blending a 300 year old New England Farm complete with orchards, berry fields, and family activities. 

Stage Fort Park Visitor Center, Gloucester
Located on the historic site of Gloucester’s first settlers in 1623, the Stage Fort Park Visitor and Welcoming Center provides visitors with general information about the entire Essex National Heritage Area as well as specific information about Gloucester.

Swampscott Historical Society, Swampscott
The Swampscott Historical Society’s mission is to preserve the Sir John Humphreys House (1637) and preserve the town’s history.

Tannery Marketplace, Newburyport
The Tannery Marketplace has been serving greater Newburyport for more than a quarter century. We continually strive to make our community and the world a better and greener place to work and live. We seek to be leaders in regional recycling, historic preservation, renewable resources, solar energy, and conservation.

Team Haverhill, Haverhill
Team Haverhill is an independent volunteer action group, dedicated to making Haverhill a better place to live, learn, work, and play.  Projects include more than 35 works of public art, the Haverhill Farmers Market, and the annual River Ruckus festival.

Thacher Island Association, Rockport 
The mission of the Thacher Island Association is to encourage visitors to enjoy the benefits which these National Historic Landmark and National Historic Register sites on Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands offer. The mission is advanced through fundraising, preservation and restoration of the historic structures, scenic trails, campgrounds, and wild life protection. 

The Trustees of Reservations, Statewide
The Trustees of Reservations preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.

U. S. Coast Guard & U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Hospital Point Lighthouse, Beverly
Hospital Point Lighthouse is a treasure that is rich in history. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has been greeting visitors, of all ages, for the past 10 years. Our mission is to continue educating visitors from all over the country for years to come.

Valley View Farm, Topsfield
Valley View Farmstead Goat Cheese in Topsfield is a small family farm and cheesemaker dedicated to preserving Essex County’s agricultural heritage and farm in a sustainable way that connects community to the special places, people, and animals that make good food!

Wenham Museum, Wenham
Wenham Museum is a family-friendly, hands-on accredited history museum.  Its mission is to protect, preserve and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore.  Its collections include a 17th century house, clothing, toys, dolls, model railroads, and miniatures. 

Willowdale Estate, Topsfield
Willowdale Estate is the proud curator and caretaker of Bradley Palmer’s Arts & Crafts style mansion. Inspired by our surroundings, we are driven to provide innovative cuisine, offer excellent service, and create memorable party experiences for thousands of guests annually at weddings, events, and our public event series.

YMCA of the North Shore, Beverly, Gloucester, Haverhill, Ipswich, Marblehead & Salem
Our Y welcomes all. We strengthen communities, educate and nurture children, and promote healthy living in spirit, mind and body.