Essex Heritage President Richard Yagjian offered the president’s report and thanked organizations and individuals for their support of Essex Heritage. He then spoke about the importance of community engagement and provided information about resources in the Essex National Heritage Area.
Yagjian said that during his 1½ years as president, the regional partnership of Trails & Sails has allowed more than 8,000 people to experience the heritage area in new ways. He also talked about the strong partnership with the National Park Service to promote youth jobs and teacher training.
Director of Heritage Development Bill Steelman announced the 2013 Partnership Grant Recipients. The Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to support the activities of organizations sharing the mission of preserving and promoting the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. The 15-year-old program has provided more than $1.8 million to communities and nonprofit organizations.
Grants were awarded to: Andover Historical Society, Danvers Alarm List Company, Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum, Rocks Village Memorial Association in Haverhill, Ipswich River Watershed Association, Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence History Center Nahant Preservation Trust, Thacher Island Association in Rockport and the Essex County Greenbelt Association.
For additional details about the grants, please visit: http://www.essexheritage.org/partnershipgrants/index.shtml.
A State of the Heritage Area report by Annie Harris, Essex Heritage chief executive officer, highlighted national efforts to promote and encourage Heritage Areas. Harris explained how Essex Heritage works with a small staff throughout the 500 square miles of Essex County to build support for projects.