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Lighthouse History Will It Be Saved or Lost Forever?

By Timothy Harrison


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Lighthouse Digest cannot do it alone. We need your help.

For over 27 years, Lighthouse Digest has been researching, documenting, and reporting on lost lighthouse history. Much of what we have published would never have been told if we had not done it. We have published more rare photographs and written about more lighthouse keepers, especially those associated with lost and lesser known lighthouses, and other important lighthouse personnel, than anyone else in history. And over the years we have accumulated an amazing collection of old historic photos of lighthouse keepers and family members and their stories, many which have not yet been published in Lighthouse Digest.

Additionally, in the past months we have located thousands of photos of lighthouse life, as well as memories, mostly from private family collections, from all parts of the United States - photos that need to be seen and stories that need to be published and finally to be saved for future generations. But the expense to research, publish, and archive all of this far outweighs advertising and subscription revenues.

Lighthouse Digest is a small business with a small staff and several volunteers who all are extremely dedicated to saving lighthouse history for the future. Sadly, the older generation of Lighthouse Digest subscribers, who cared deeply about lighthouse history, has been dying off. As a result, in spite of our efforts, the dwindling subscriber base has not been replaced by the following generations, many who show interest in lighthouses on social media only for their visual appeal. We need them to join us in our efforts to preserve the historical past as well.

Lighthouse Digest urgently needs your help to continue with its mission to preserve lighthouse history and continue to publish the magazine for many years into the future.

One essential part of our overall mission is to create a new nonprofit called the Lighthouse History Research Institute but all of this will require a large financial infusion, which can only come from people who truly believe in what we are doing to save our national lighthouse heritage.

There are only two choices: Let our lighthouse history be lost forever or help us save our lighthouse history for future generations.


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This story appeared in the Sep/Oct 2018 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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