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Lights Could Go Out at Maine Lighthouse Museum

Urgent Plea for Help


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The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine is in financial trouble and needs immediate help if it is to keep its doors open.

The Maine Lighthouse Museum has the most significant collection of lighthouse lenses and lighthouse artifacts of any museum in the United States.

The museum’s Board of Directors said the downturn in the economy has resulted in lower donations and with rising expenses, if it does not receive some immediate financial help, the museum will be doomed.

The museum was founded by the late Ken Black, known by many as "Mr. Lighthouse," who spent a lifetime saving many of the artifacts that otherwise would have been lost forever.

The museum is a tribute to all those who served from colonial times to modern times in making the waterways of this nation safe that led to the growth of America and it must be saved. If the museum were to be closed and the collection disseminated around the country and parts of it sold off, it would be a travesty that could never be reversed.

Donations are urgently needed and can be sent to Maine Lighthouse Museum, One Park Drive, P.O. Box 1116, Rockland, ME 04841. To learn more you can call the museum at 207-594-3301 or visit their web site at www.MaineLighthouseMuseum.com.

This story appeared in the June 2009 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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