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As the snow melts and spring returns to Maine, we invite you to Step into History, joining a dedicated group of current-day “Keepers of the Light” — docents, tour guides, shopkeepers and behind the scenes volunteers who open the lighthouse for tours during the summer season.

“We have much to celebrate this year,” said Kathy Durham, Chair of the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust which owns and operates the lighthouse.  “The light was first lit on May 24, 1897, so this year marks 120 years guiding ships into Portland.  We’re completing the largest restoration and repair project to date and we are going to have a new building for our gift shop.”

The all-volunteer trust is a 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to preserve the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse while providing public access and education on the history of the lighthouse and Portland Harbor.  Durham said that opening the lighthouse for guided tours is crucial to both purposes.  Revenues from tours plus gift shop sales cover operating expenses and routine maintenance.

Lighthouse docents interpret working and living in the lighthouse, including aids to navigation and maritime history.   Guides are also stationed on shore to welcome visitors, answer questions and serve customers in the gift shop.

“Experience is not required,” said Durham.  “We provide extensive training materials, an experienced Keeper (trustee) is always present at the lighthouse, and new volunteers are encouraged to gain experience by shadowing our more seasoned veterans until they are comfortable on their own.”

Formal training for new and returning volunteers will be held on May 20th and 23rd.

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