Many Unite to Help the Lighthouse Museum Pull Through

Posted 9/2/2009
Saturday Sept 12, 2009

The Maine Lighthouse Museum (MLM) is pleased to report a very positive reaction to the news in May that it might have to close its doors. On the financial side, donations have allowed the museum to continue to pay its back bills. As donations continue to come in, MLM is looking forward to the future when it can expect to operate in the black. Many of the donations came from outside Maine driven by the support of the Lighthouse Digest publication. Future fund raising plans are taking shape, and careful management and cost cutting measures have helped to streamline expenditures.

Many in-kind donations have also been made, such as computers that will allow for smoother operations. Local businesses and artists have stepped forward with donations of items for raffles and auctions as "Gallery of Light" includes art and photography by local artists with a percentage of sales going to the museum.

New volunteers have come forward to act as docents, conduct workshops, and help with fund raising and marketing. A new video kiosk in the museum lobby will not only raise funds but will provide visitors with information about Rockland attractions and businesses.

Visitorship at the museum was high in the early summer and almost 600 people visited on the Saturday of the Lobster Festival. Memberships in the museum by individuals and businesses are on the increase. New exhibits, particularly one on lady light keepers, have drawn many new visitors and repeat visits.

The Board of Directors and Director Dot Black are very grateful to everyone who has stepped up to help in so many ways and look forward to continued community support for this important collection.

For more information on the Lighthouse Museum, visit the website at www.mainelighthousemuseum.org or call 207-594-3301.