Essex Heritage, in keeping with its 20-year tradition of supporting the region’s unique cultural heritage, has launched a short-video contest to encourage everyone to find and share their favorite places in the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County, Massachusetts).  Find Your Story is a public awareness campaign celebrating two milestone anniversaries: the 20th anniversary of the congressional act designating the Essex National Heritage Area and the National Park Service centennial.

“As a National Heritage Area celebrating our 20th anniversary during the National Park Service centennial year, we are building on the National Park Service’s popular Find Your Park movement”, said Essex Heritage CEO Annie C. Harris.. “Find Your Story is our way of joining with partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories. Our goal is to  highlight and share the myriad of special historic, urban, natural, and cultural places  right here in our own backyards – and we have great prizes for people and their most loved places.”

About Find Your Story Challenge
Find Your Story invites the public to create short videos showcasing their favorite places via a series of “challenges” throughout the year. First up the “Find Your Story Winter 2016 Challenge” which invites  people to share their favorite place in  Essex County to enjoy winter — with or without snow — (and why). All videos submitted by April 1 will be eligible to win the Winter Challenge prizes. Essex Heritage will award two prizes:  the best video short will win a $150 Gift Card to Whole Foods, Swampscott and the place that the most individuals name as their favorite place will receive $500 from Essex Heritage.

Visit to learn more about the Winter Challenge and to see how you can share your story and enter for a chance to win.