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Can the Lighthouse Preservation Movement Grow?

By Tim Harrison


That’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves for quite some time now.

Publishing Lighthouse Digest is a labor of love; a love of the rich maritime history that is also rich in stories yet to be told and saved for future generations.

It’s a labor of love to help draw public attention in saving, restoring and opening to the public our historic lighthouses.

It’s a labor of love to help tell the stories of the small number of dedicated volunteers around the world who today are dedicated to saving lighthouses.

Since we began publishing in 1992, we have continued to be the only magazine that has told stories and published photographs that have never before been published. Yet, we still have trouble finding new subscribers and businesses that are willing to advertise in a niche magazine.

Lighthouse Digest has played a pivotal role in actually saving a number of lighthouses. But, who will help Lighthouse Digest?

Although Lighthouse Digest is available in newsstands and magazine racks nationwide, most refuse to carry Lighthouse Digest because it is a niche

magazine and they claim they can’t sell as many copies as they do of other magazines. Yet, when and if some of them order copies, they only order two or three at a time and then stuff them at the back of the rack where no one can see them.

Even more amazing is that some lighthouse groups and lighthouse museum gift shops refuse to help promote Lighthouse Digest or are indifferent, even though we are willing to make donations back to them for every new subscription they obtain for us. If you see a lighthouse museum or gift shop that is not carrying Lighthouse Digest, please tell them about us and ask them to carry Lighthouse Digest to help get the word out to the many people who probably love lighthouses and would love to help save them and the history associated with them, but don’t know about us.

We need your help now more than ever before, to help us get the word out. We need to make people aware that many of our nation’s lighthouses are in desperate need of help. We need help in preserving the history associated with these lighthouses for future generations. We can only do this with more new subscribers and more advertisers.

You can help by asking your local bookstore, grocery store or magazine shop to carry Lighthouse Digest magazine, which is available through Ingram Periodicals, the company that distributes magazines nationwide.

You can help by purchasing a gift subscription for friends, relatives, schools and libraries. With the holiday season fast approaching, Lighthouse Digest makes a perfect gift, one that keeps on giving, all year long.

Help us save lighthouses and their history – one subscription at a time.

This story appeared in the October 2005 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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