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Wickie’s Wisdom

Our Storehouse of Knowledge is in Danger

By Timothy Harrison


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Contemplating the future.
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Recently, I received a sad letter in the mail from Reminisce, one of the many magazines to which I subscribe. The letter stated that effective immediately they were ceasing publication. Reminisce was a magazine of nonfiction recollections of the past that were submitted, along with vintage photographs, by the general public. They were one of only a few national magazines that were actually recording the modern history of America and sharing it with the public. And, now, like many other magazines, they are gone forever, creating a void and a loss for not only this generation but also for future generations.

It seems that more and more people seem to think they can learn everything they need to know from social media sites and the internet. Nothing could be further from the truth. You will find original stories in magazines that, in most cases, you will never find anywhere else.

But what is a magazine? Depending on which scholar you ask, most agree that the word magazine comes from the Arabic word makhzan, meaning “storehouse.” According to Wikipedia, the term magazine originally started being used in the 1600s to describe books. Why? Because books were storehouses of knowledge. Eventually the word came to describe printed periodicals, just like this issue of Lighthouse Digest that you are reading now; a storehouse of knowledge, as has been with each and every issue for over the past 31 years.

Just look through this edition and you’ll see and read all kinds of things that many of you probably never knew about before. These are things you wouldn’t have even thought about or learned, had it not been for the stories and photos you have seen in Lighthouse Digest.

However, a magazine such as Lighthouse Digest that is dedicated to saving lighthouse history, cannot stay in business with only paid subscriptions and a small advertising base. We must have donations in order to continue researching, archiving and publishing. Last year, our donations were dramatically less than the year before. And, that’s why we continue to ask for, and need, your financial help so we can continue to be a storehouse of knowledge.

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Timothy Harrison

Editor & Publisher

Lighthouse Digest

This story appeared in the Mar/Apr 2023 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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