More than 100 businesses and community leaders from Essex County attended Essex National Heritage Commission’s (Essex Heritage) annual fall meeting, which was sponsored by the Peabody Historical Society. Essex Heritage nominated the following individuals to serve on its Board of Commissioners for a three-year term: Alan Berry of C.P. Berry Homes — English Commons at Topsfield, Claudia Chuber of the Peabody Essex Museum, Phil Conway of Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Patrick DeIulis of DeIulis Brothers Construction, Tom Gould of Treadwell’s Ice Cream, Richard Hydren of the Rowley Chamber of Commerce, Mark Leonard of Eastern Bank, James Rudolph of Rudolph Friedmann LLP, Julie Saviano of Andover Endodontics Inc. and Rosario Ubiera-Minaya of the Salem Education Foundation.
Essex Heritage also awarded its annual Pioneer in Partnership Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify the commission’s spirit of collaboration and build partnerships and celebrate the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County. Lindsay Diehl was recognized for her role at the Wenham Museum, and a moment of silence was held to honor the passing of Glen Mairo from Essex Harmony. Awards and congressional citations were presented to Bread & Roses Centennial Committee, Capt. Michael Rutstein of the Schooner Fame, Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee, Newburyport Powder House Restoration Committee and The House of the Seven Gables.
The Bread & Roses Centennial Committee was honored for its passionate work, which brought international attention to the city of Lawrence. Rutstein, owner and operator of Schooner Fame, was honored for providing the children of Salem with an opportunity to experience firsthand the adventures of sailing aboard a replica Salem privateer. The Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee was recognized for the committee’s leadership and commitment to developing the new popular recreational amenity. Newburyport Powder House Restoration Committee was honored for its perseverance and dedication to preserving one of New England’s few remaining powder houses. The House of the Seven Gables was recognized for its collaboration with Essex Heritage to provide a unique learning opportunity for Salem’s Latino youths to connect the city to their heritage.