The 2018 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program recipients were announced at the commission’s spring meeting in Saugus on April 5. Each of the 12 recipients will be given $2,000, and over the next year, they will be working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive, and preservation projects throughout Boston’s North Shore and the Merrimack Valley.
“We recognize the importance of supporting local organizations and we are proud that we are able to award 12 partnership grants again this year,” said Annie Harris, Essex Heritage CEO, in a press release. “Over the 20-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County — and we know that this seed money greatly impacts the region by leveraging more investments in the Essex National Heritage Area.”
In Lawrence, the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, Inc., will use the grant to organize and put on the Bread and Roses Labor Day Heritage Festival, a unique event commemorating the Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912, now known world-wide as the Bread and Roses Strike. Taking place Sept. 3 in the historic Campagnone Common, the free, family-oriented event will include educational workshops and discussions on historical and contemporary issues. The event aims to bridge the relationship between the immigrants of the past and present by revealing common struggle through music, theater, dance, food, art, historical tours, presentations, and family activities.