Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Essex National Heritage Commission, Inc.

  • Salem, MA
  • www.essexheritage.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Essex National Heritage Commission is to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County, Massachusetts.

Main Programs

  1. Youth Jobs Corps
  2. Trails & Sails
  3. Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
  4. 2015 Youth Engagement Initiative
  5. Bakers Island Light Station & Naumkeag
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Our designated area is the Essex National Heritage Area which is comprised of Essex County, MA. We serve the 34 cities and towns of Essex County MA and the 763,000 residents.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 1997

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Ms Annie Clay Harris

Keywords

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Trails & Sails, Essex Heritage, Essex National Heritage Commission, Essex National Heritage Area, Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

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Also Known As

Essex Heritage

EIN

04-3406670

 Number

0981228178

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Essex Heritage's top goals focus on engaging the residents of Essex County (especially our under-served communities) with the area's resources and history-with the aim of involving them in enjoying, using and learning from the area's remarkable heritage. It is our hope that all who live in this special place will thrive together. A few or our most significant accomplishments include: - Created and expanded the very popular collaborative community outreach event, Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water. The program offers two weekends of free events at more than 125 historic, cultural and natural sites in Essex County. - Created regional coalitions to promote and implement recreational trails and the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Today, Essex Heritage is leading development of the Coastal Scenic Byway, the 90-mile route linking 14 coastal communities from Lynn and Salisbury, to plan and implement strategies to increase the region's cultural tourism. -Developed and expanded the Youth Jobs Corps, a strong summer youth employment and training program for under- served youth ages 14-18 years, -Connected educators and students to regional resources and cultural assets. Partnering with local schools and facilitating engagement between teachers and community organizations, Essex Heritage plans and facilitates teacher professional development programs that introduce Essex County educators to local resources that they can integrate in context for curricular-aligned, cross-disciplinary learning. -Implemented educational enrichment programs for English Language Learners to engage them in the heritage of the region. With initiatives like ""Making the Caribbean Connection"" and ""Salem at SEA"", Essex Heritage collaborates with partners to promote literacy and community ties among English language learners. The programs are designed not only to teach but also to encourage self-discovery and positive growth.

Programs

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Program 1

Youth Jobs Corps

Essex Heritage has built a strong summer youth employment and training program through a unique partnership with the National Park Service. The program is directed towards youth ages 14-20 years with a special emphasis on hiring underserved young people from our urban communities. During the summer of 2015, the teens worked at the two national park sites in Salem and Saugus, The Trustees of Reservation's Appleton Farm in Ipswich and Moraine Farm in Beverly, and at the Essex Heritage owned Bakers Island Light Station. Essex Heritage is responsible for hiring the teens that work under the guidance and supervision of NPS staff. The youths acquire skills in historic preservation, building maintenance, natural resource management, interpretation and visitor operations. For many of these students this is their first job experience, so they are also given assistance on how to prepare for work, work-place expectations, resume preparation, and career development. The summer of 2015 was the 7th year of the program, and there were 39 youths who participated. The impact on these students' lives has been substantial, and several have returned to work at the park during the fall and also in subsequent summers. This summer we invited these students to extend their employment by participating in other Essex Heritage programs such as Trails & Sails. They were tasked with attending, evaluation and photographing the events they chose to attend.This summer we invited these students to extend their employment by participating in other Essex Heritage programs such as Trails & Sails. They were tasked with attending, evaluation and photographing the events they chose to attend.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 2

Trails & Sails

Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, is Essex Heritage's premiere partnership program. Trails & Sails offers two weekends of FREE events at 100+ historic, cultural and natural resource sites within the Essex National Heritage Area. The six-day annual 'happening' showcases the area's remarkable places—providing unique experiences for residents and visitors alike. The program attracts 6,000+ participants during the last two weekends of September. Trails & Sails is designed to expand cultural tourism in the region—in the 'shoulder' period between the summer and fall foliage seasons. Trails & Sails features a wide array of events including guided walks, museum tours, nature hikes, on-water tours, paddles, and open houses.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is an 90 mile route along the coast of Massachusetts linking 14 communities. In 2015 a detailed signage plan was designed for the entire length of the byway. Signs were designed to fit within the framework of the Massachusetts Scenic Byway program. Bids were taken for fabrication and installation of these signs in the spring of 2016. Essex Heritage hopes that the signage will help engage the Byway communities to market and promote the region and increase the economic impact of tourism in this region.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 4

2015 Youth Engagement Initiative

Essex Heritage offers multiple ways for students and educators to connect with the special resources in Essex County. We run a professional development program in partnership with the National Park Service in the educational approach of place-based service learning for area teachers; help English Language learning students and other youth integrate into the community through literacy and civic engagement programs such as Salem at SEA, Caribbean Connections, and Kids in the Community; and offer education forums for museum educators in the region.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Hispanics

Budget

$35,000.00

Program 5

Bakers Island Light Station & Naumkeag

The summer of 2015 marked the first season that Essex Heritage had full ownership of the Bakers Island Light Station In addition, Essex Heritage acquired the landing craft Naumkeag for a nominal fee through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts excess property program, which enabled us to begin to operate boat tours to the island. From 2005 until 2014, Essex Heritage received annual licenses from the Coast Guard to maintain the property and begin some limited restoration work on the keepers' houses. The deed was transferred to the Commission on July 8, 2014. To save this historic structure we rallied the community and launched a Kickstarter Campaign with the hopes of raising $30,000 in 30 days. This goal was not only met but exceeded and the lighthouse was restored in a matter of months. In the first season alone we welcomed 1,017 visitors to a part of the Heritage Area that had not been accessible to the public in over 75 years.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$70,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Our designated area is the Essex National Heritage Area which is comprised of Essex County, MA. We serve the 34 cities and towns of Essex County MA and the 763,000 residents.

Funding Needs

Essex Heritage is authorized by the US Congress to receive funds in the National Park Service's annual budget. Twelve National Heritage Areas, included Essex Heritage, had authorizing legislation that was in effect until September 30, 2012. In 2012, nine Heritage Areas, including Essex Heritage, were reauthorized until September 30, 2019. Essex Heritage also has a strong and growing private fundraising program. Along with considerable financial reserves, Essex Heritage always looks for new opportunities to partner and raise revenues.

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ESSEX NATIONAL HERITAGE COMMISSION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Essex National Heritage Commission, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Annie Clay Harris

BIO

Annie was a founding member of the Essex National Heritage Commission and vocal proponent for the creation of the Essex National Heritage Area. The Commission accomplishes its work in partnerships with the National Park Service and more than 250 regional organizations and historic sites throughout Boston's North Shore and Lower Merrimack Valley. The Commission's activities include trails and greenway planning, education and youth outreach, regional heritage events, historic preservation advocacy, cultural tourism promotion, and general advocacy for the heritage resources of one of the oldest settled regions in the nation. Annie serves in a national leadership position with the Alliance of National Heritage Areas in Washington, DC as its vice president and member of its Executive Committee. In 2010, she was appointed to the Planning Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board, and she is currently chairing the ""Models Team."" Annie has been active for many years in civic and community organizations in Salem and around Boston's North Shore. Currently, she serves on the City of Salem Zoning Board of Appeals and the Salem Harbor Plan Committee. Annie has a Master of Architecture degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Essex Heritage is a unique non-profit organization. We were established to preserve and promote the sustainability of the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. As a small non-profit with a big agenda, we work with many partners - both public and private - to accomplish our mission. We have an excellent track record of building collaborative partnerships with diverse organizations - leveraging the talent, time, and resources of each to build successful, cooperative projects. Our regional trails, scenic byway, youth programs, and cooperative visitor centers are some examples of our regional partnerships and their success. At the present time, we are very active in growing our programs to engage youth and their families. We seek to give the young people of this region, especially those from under-served communities, unique, first-hand experiences with the remarkable historic, cultural and natural resources of the area. We believe that it is their personal connection to the heritage resources of this area that will most enrich their lives - and also ensure the region's sustainability. To succeed at this goal, we continue to expand our outreach and engagement work with other non-profits, with public agencies like the National Park Service and, most importantly, with business leaders, residents, families, and educators around the area - building coalitions for public and private engagement. The heritage of this region is vitally important for the tourist economy that supports so many of our communities, but more importantly the heritage resources also have a profound effect on the quality of life for everyone who lives and/or works here. If the historic, cultural and natural resources that abound in the Essex National Heritage Area are lost, the quality of this remarkable place will be greatly diminished. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John P Farmer

Eastern Bank

Term: Sept 2015 - Sept 2017

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