Sometimes it seems like all I do is ask for money for lighthouse preservation causes and amazingly there have even been some who have criticized me for constantly asking for money.
But, whether we like it or not, since mainstream America can not help, the only way to save lighthouses and the history associated with them is by continuing to appeal to the lighthouse community for its support.
In the past few months two lighthouse groups that I know of have ceased operations and no longer exist. Although these groups may have been small, they played a significant role in helping to raise money as well as public awareness for saving lighthouses and their history.
The best way, in my opinion, to educate the public about the necessity of saving lighthouses and the history associated with them is through educational programs and educational exhibits, which in turn will raise money for the actual preservation. But exhibits and paid leadership staff costs a great deal of money; money that can only come through outright donations and gifts as well as word of mouth and your own solicitations.
As I did last month, I am again appealing for your donations to help the American Lighthouse Foundation in its massive endeavors to save lighthouses and their history. I would encourage our readers to plan a vacation to Maine this year and visit the newly expanded Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, which is managed in part by the American Lighthouse Foundation and see for yourself what is being accomplished. However, that work can only continue with your help, which is needed today, more than ever.
Please help by sending an urgently needed donation to:
American Lighthouse Foundation
More Than Bricks and Mortar Campaign
P.O. Box 565
Rockland, ME 04841
Donations can also be made on line at www.LighthouseFoundation.org
or by calling (207)594-4174.
You are doing the right thing and I thank you.
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June 2007 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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