Spring Point Story Published on Storehouse

A brief history of Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is now published on the web story-sharing site Storehouse. Storehouse is an iPad -based application that allows people to write articles and add photos and videos to tell their stories and then publish them to the Storehouse web site for viewing. The Spring Point story presents a short history and description of the lighthouse and may be seen on Storyboard’s web site here.

Lighthouse Presentation at South Portland Public Library May 13, 2014

The South Portland Library will host a presentation on the history of Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and its role in the history of Portland Harbor and the South Portland waterfront at 6:30 pm on May 13th, 2014, at the main branch of the South Portland Library at 482 Broadway in South Portland.

Keith Thompson, Chairman of the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust, will give the presentation. The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. The lighthouse was transferred to the Trust in 1998 under the Maine Lights Program. The Trust is composed entirely of volunteer Trustees and receives no money from state, federal, or local governments.

Thompson will give a virtual tour of the lighthouse using diagrams and photographs while explaining the early history of the lighthouse and its critical role in safeguarding maritime traffic from the dangerous ledge extending from the shoreline at Fort Preble, a role it continues to fill today.

The public is cordially invited. The program is free of charge.

Volunteers Needed For Lighthouse Summer Season

The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust is seeking summer volunteers to serve in several capacities at the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, located on the breakwater at Fort Preble on the campus of Southern Maine Community College. The lighthouse is open to the public weekends from June through September and volunteers will have opportunities to work with the public, lead tours, learn the history of the lighthouse, enjoy fresh air and sunshine, and join a friendly, fun, and committed group of people.

The Trust will conduct a day of training for all new and continuing volunteers on June 7th  from 10:00 am until approximately 2:30 pm in Room 110 of Jewett Hall on the campus of Southern Maine Community College. Volunteers will receive an orientation to the lighthouse, learn its history and role in Portland Harbor, and learn how to lead tours inside the lighthouse as a member of a team.

Volunteers can work at one of the following positions:

  • Greeters:  greeting the public in front of the ticket shed and inviting them to tour the lighthouse
  • Ticket and merchandise sales:  working with the public in our ticket shed/gift shop
  • Breakwater guide:  greeting visitors at the beginning of the breakwater and pointing out surrounding landmarks
  • Lighthouse tour guide:  conducting tours inside the lighthouse itself.

Additional “behind-the-scenes” volunteers are also needed.

Volunteers who do not wish to walk the breakwater to the lighthouse will have opportunities to help at our onshore ticket shed.

Persons interested in volunteering this summer may find more information on the Volunteer page where you will also find a contact form. Additional contact information is available on the Contact Us page on the web site.

Spring Point Ledge Light Trust 2013 Annual Report Now Available

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The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust is pleased to present it’s Annual Report for 2013. This full-color 10-page PDF file details the events that made up the most successful year in the Trust’s history. The report is filled with charts and photographs and is a tribute to the efforts of our many trustees and volunteers who worked so hard last year to make 2013 so successful.

The 2013 Annual Report can be downloaded free of charge here.

Trust Sets Open House Dates for 2014

The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust has set the dates for the 2014 summer openings for the Spring Point Ledge lighthouse in South Portland. Located at the end of the breakwater on the campus of Southern Maine Community College, the lighthouse is open to the public on weekends, allowing visitors a unique opportunity to explore the interior of a working lighthouse.

IMG_0427The dates are:

June:  Every Saturday beginning June 14
July:  July 4th, plus every Saturday and Sunday. Closed Sunday, July 20th, during the annual Tri For a Cure race
August:  Every Saturday and Sunday
September: Labor Day (September 1) and each Saturday
October:  Columbus Day (October 13)

Admission to the lighthouse remains at $5.00 per person and children must be at least 51 inches in height to enter. The lighthouse will be open from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. See our Events page for additional information.

The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. The lighthouse was transferred to the Trust in 1998 under the Maine Lights Program. The Trust is composed entirely of volunteer Trustees and receives no money from state, federal, or local governments.

Spring Point Ledge Light Trust Releases iPad-Based Training Guide

In its constant quest for better methods of training its volunteer staff and tour guides, the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust today released its updated 2014 edition of its iPad-based docent training manual for Spring Point Ledge lighthouse in South Portland, Maine. Created by the Trust using Apple’s iBooks Author software, the interactive guide brings a new dimension to volunteer training, one the Trust believes to be unique among lighthouse organizations.

Screenshot from iPad docent training guide.

The 2014 docent training guide has been released.

“Our volunteers are critical to the Trust in carrying out our mandate to not only protect and preserve the lighthouse, but to make it available to the public as much as possible,” said Trust chairman Keith Thompson. The lighthouse is open to the public weekends during the summer months. Volunteers lead tours, provide information to and answer questions from visitors, and staff the ticket shed on shore near the breakwater.

Users of the guide are treated to an interactive tour of the lighthouse using photo galleries, videos, and text. Trainees receive an audio and video explanation of several of the main sections of the lighthouse, its history, structure, and surroundings in Portland Harbor. Several modules of multiple-choice questions test the volunteer’s comprehension.  The guide will be made available free to volunteers.