I Heart Heritage! With Kate Luchini, Executive Director, Lynn Museum

i heart heritage banner is an interview series to highlight and celebrate Essex Heritage’s diverse community of partners and supporters.  We sat down with Kate Luchini, Executive Director of the Lynn Museum & Historical Society -- and Essex Heritage Commissioner since 2011-– to ask her about her view of Essex Heritage and why she loves Essex County. Interviewed June 2014.


 Joanne Rathe, Globe Staff

What do you find most inspiring about the Essex National Heritage Area? Are you an Essex County native? If not, when and why did you move here?
I am not a native but grew up in Essex County from the time I was 4. Though I moved away for college and moved around for a number of years after, I returned to raise my children in Marblehead.  After seeing the world I can honestly say there is no place like home and no place like Essex County!

Essex National Heritage Area is inspiring for its unique combination of natural and cultural riches.  My family likes to take day trips to explore the region—within an hour we can be relaxing on Crane’s Beach, strolling through downtown Newburyport or touring Salem’s historic sites.

Where is your favorite place in the Essex National Heritage Area?
I am hard pressed to pick a favorite place!  While I am partial to Marblehead and its beaches, another great place that many people don’t realize is part of the Essex National Heritage Area is Lynn.  Lynn’s shore is the beginning of the Scenic Byway, and downtown Lynn is home to many cultural and historical treasures including the Lynn Memorial Auditorium, Grand Army of the Republic Museum, and of course the Lynn Museum!

When did you first become involved with Essex Heritage?
I first became involved with Essex Heritage as a commissioner.  As Executive Director of the Lynn Museum (located at the Lynn Heritage State Park), I am actively engaged in promoting cultural tourism in Lynn and its Arts and Cultural District.

What is your most memorable Essex Heritage moment, event or program?
One of my favorite Essex Heritage experiences was a day spent with my family in Essex exploring the Shipbuilding Museum, antique shops and eating at J. T. Farnham’s.  Truly something for everyone!

Essex Heritage is important to me because…
I believe Essex Heritage promotes responsible tourism, attracting visitors who respect and value the integrity of the area and putting resources into preserving its natural and historical beauty.  I want to support Essex Heritage’s efforts to ensure that the places I treasure are preserved and accessible for my children and future generations.

Essex Heritage is important to our region, our state, or our nation because…
Essex Heritage supports the region and state not only by shining a light on some of the larger, better known sites, but also by raising awareness of the many “hidden treasures” throughout the area.  These efforts increase visitorship and help to generate economic opportunity in the region.  As the director of a small museum, I have experienced firsthand the positive impact of our partnership with Essex Heritage—it’s great to have such a strong advocate in our corner!

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