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A news conference regarding the following press release was held at the Maine Lighthouse Museum on December 13, 2006…

 

Consolidation Will Create America’s Largest Lighthouse Museum

 

 
  Rockland, ME. The Maine Lighthouse Museum (MLM) in Rockland and the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF), the national leader in lighthouse preservation, have announced a groundbreaking collaboration. ALF has  
 

become a full partner in the Maine Lighthouse Museum and will be moving its corporate offices to the museum along with its extraordinary artifact collection.

 

According to Renny Stackpole, Chairman of the Maine Lighthouse Museum, this coming January the American Lighthouse Foundation will begin the process of consolidating the

Renny Stackpole, Tim Harrison, Ken Black, Bob Hastings & Bob Trapani

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani     

(L to R) MLM Chairman Renny Stackpole,

ALF President Tim Harrison,  MLM

Founder Ken Black, MLM General

Manager Bob Hastings &

ALF Executive Director Bob Trapani

 
 

organization’s outstanding artifact collection from their Museum of Lighthouse History in Wells, Maine, with the exhibits at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland.

 

The collaborative effort brings together two of the nation’s finest exhibits of lighthouse artifacts and forms an unprecedented collection of classical lenses and lighthouse equipment, as well as rare lightkeeper mementoes

 
 

Bob Hastings

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani     

"It's fair to say that Rockland has now become the center of the lighthouse world." - Bob Hastings

and uniforms. In addition, the combined collection will boast some of the most compelling human interest stories and their paralleling artifacts, all of which pay tribute to the dedicated men, women and children who helped keep the lights shining bright along America’s coastlines for over two centuries.

 

“The merging of these two lighthouse museums may well be one of the defining moments in modern lighthouse history,” says Timothy Harrison, president of the American Lighthouse Foundation. “The partnership between MLM and ALF will truly make the Maine Lighthouse Museum the largest and most important lighthouse museum in the

 
 

United States, if not the world.” Bob Hastings, who will now become the museum’s general manager, stated that “The Maine Lighthouse Museum is a nationally recognized collaborative effort of nine of Maine’s premier non-profit organizations working with the City of Rockland to preserve, display and enhance the nation’s most significant collection of lighthouse and lifesaving artifacts and lenses.”

 

The consolidation also brings full circle the amazing contributions of Ken Black, founder of MLM and the individual widely credited for starting the lighthouse preservation movement in the United States, with that of Timothy Harrison, founder of the Museum of Lighthouse History. Mr.

 
 

Black served as a mentor and friend to Mr. Harrison and was the inspiration behind Harrison’s efforts to create the Museum of Lighthouse History, which formerly housed the largest collection of lightkeeper artifacts in the country.

 

Ken Black, who is affectionately known as "Mr. Lighthouse" by lighthouse enthusiasts around the country, couldn't be happier about the museums coming together. According to Black, "This is more than I could have ever imagined. It is very gratifying to know that after so many years of working hard to save America's lighthouse artifacts from being lost forever that this commitment will now be carried

Ken Black & Dot Black at MLM

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani     

MLM Founder Ken Black and his wife Dot Black helped spearhead the collaboration of both museums

 
 

forward stronger than ever through the combined efforts of MLM and ALF. Wow!"

 

Ken's wife Dot Black shares her husbands enthusiasm, noting "As you can imagine, I have a strong desire to protect Ken's many contributions to our nation's lighthouse heritage and therefore I am simply ecstatic that we will have management of the museum by lighthouse enthusiasts who will ensure this legacy is perpetuated for future generations."

 

“The consolidation of the two museums is not only exciting for artifact conservation, but also for lighthouse preservation – and at a time when it is needed most throughout the nation,” says Bob Trapani, Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation. The organization presently has 23 historic lighthouses under its stewardship that the group is actively working to restore and maintain.

 

In addition to his duties as executive director for ALF, Trapani has been appointed the new director of the Maine Lighthouse Museum and will oversee both the day-to-day operations and consolidated collections.

 

Trapani went on to note, “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to bring together the very best in historic lighthouses, priceless artifacts and unmatched camaraderie and energy that will foster a stronger and broader interest nationwide in safeguarding every aspect of America’s rich lighthouse heritage.”

 

 
 
Tim Harrison

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani     

"This may be the biggest

news in modern

lighthouse history."

- Timothy Harrison

Bob Trapani, Jr.

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani     

"If the Fresnel lenses (in MLM's collection) are the heart of a lighthouse, what ALF's collection will add is the soul"

- Bob Trapani, Jr.

 

 
 

ALF & MLM representatives

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani                              

Maine Lighthouse Museum Board of Directors

 and American Lighthouse Foundation

representatives gathered for a group photo after

the big announcement in Rockland

 

 
   

Posted: 12/14/06

 
 

 

 
 

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