July 21, 2013

Island history project receives boost

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution is donating $10,000 to the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association for its Monhegan Light Station Doors and Windows Restoration Project. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of The Lady Knox Chapter, serving the Rockland area.

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The project will restore the windows, door and woodwork at the historic Monhegan Light Station, which has been in operation since 1824.

The light station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the mission of the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association is to maintain the site as authentically as possible, and to preserve and display the museum's collection, which contains objects of historical and cultural significance.

This project will replace one window and completely recondition nine in the former lighthouse keeper's dwelling and will repair deteriorated woodwork.

Additionally, doors will be replaced in the former lighthouse keeper's dwelling and in the reconstruction of the former assistant lighthouse keeper's dwelling.

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in communities that promote the organization's mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.

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