Since its creation by the U.S. Congress in 1996, Essex Heritage (Essex National Heritage Commission) has championed the heritage development of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) by fostering public-private partnerships that preserve and enhance significant aspects of the region’s historic, natural and cultural resources.
Economic and Community Impact of National Heritage Area Sites
National Heritage Areas provide essential services to the residents of Massachusetts. An independent evaluation of the economic impact of Essex Heritage by the nationally recognized consulting firm of TrippUmbach found that the Essex National Heritage Area sustains and supports 1,832 jobs and generates $153.8 million in economic impact in the Essex County region. Learn more: download the full report (pdf).
National Park Service Evaluation
In mid-2013, the National Park Service's National Heritage Area program submitted the Evaluation of the Essex National Heritage Commission Findings to Congress. Required by Congress, the evaluation assessed the impacts, outcomes, and organizational sustainability of the organization. The Evaluation illustrates that with a modest federal investment the area cultivates regional identity, protects resources, brings communities together, and educates residents and visitors alike. Read on: download the evaluation snapshot (pdf) or the full report (pdf).
Learn about some of Essex Heritage's most notable accomplishments to date:
- Border to Boston Trail
- Coastal Trails Coalition
- Essex National Heritage Area Signage System
- Heritage Landsape Inventory
- Historical Records Initiative
- LINCs (Local History in a National Context)
- Merrimack River Trail
- Using Essex History (UEH)
Learn more about our current initiatives ...