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Race Rock Lighthouse Restoration Plan

$1,130 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 17 people in 8 months
GREAT NEWS ~ June 23, 2019
Independent donations to this fund (outside of Go Fund Me) have added $1,560 to this campaign, which matched by John Steffian = $3,000! We have all-but met our goal.

Thank you Joanne Cain & Chelsea Groton Bank for your $460, and thank you George Sprecace for $1,000!

We're still raising money to create a preservation road map for Race Rock Lighthouse, and any donation will help make impact. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.

Race Rock Lighthouse turned 140 years old in December, 2018. New London Maritime Society has owned the lighthouse since 2013. At this point, we have secured the building and done preliminary cleaning and repair.
 
The Maritime Society is eager to start the restoration. But first we need to have a strategic plan prepared by a preservation architect.  We have selected Walter Sedovic Architects,  who did the restoration for both Block Island, RI, lighthouses, and for Faulkners Light, off Guilford, CT.
         
The price for this assessment (+ related costs) comes to $11,000.  
 
A generous benefactor came forward to jump start this campaign by donating 50% of the cost - $5,500 - for an architectural assessment and plan to restore Race Rock Light!

Now a 2nd benefactor, John Steffian, has offered to match all future donations dollar-for-dollar! 

Please help us raise the remaining $2,750.  In combination with John's match, that will get us to our goal!

Support the preservation effort for Race Rock Light today!  
Time is growing short. We want to have the plan ready so we can get to work next summer.  
 
35193556_1544284541863257_r.jpegphoto: David Zapatka

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RACE ROCK LIGHT STATION
NRHP Reference# 05000347
Eight miles southeast of New London, Connecticut
.6 of a mile southwest of Race Point on Fishers Island, Suffolk County, New York 06390
Latitude: 41°14'36.6 "N Longitude: 72°2' 49.2 'W, U.S.C.G. First District

Massive and solid, a feat of engineering bravery, for 140 years its light has guided mariners into and out of Long Island Sound. Race Rock , along with the New London Harbor Light and Ledge Light at the mouth of the Thames River, create a pathway of beacons leading to New London. They are a part of the strong, maritime heritage of this New England port.  For you and for future generations, New London Maritime Society is steward to all three of these  significant historic maritime sites.

More information about New London Maritime Society Inc : The Organization Operates A Maritime Museum To Preserve And Promote The Maritime History Of The People, Port, And The City Of New London, Connecticut. The Organization Sponsors Programs And Exhibits Which Educate The Public About Maritime History And Events Related To The Sea.
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Thanks to you (& several off-line donations), last Thursday, July 25, our architects Walter Sedovic and Jill Gotthelf, of Modern Ruins, made their visit to Race Rock Lighthouse. The team is making a conditions assessment of the building and will outline a preservation plan for work going forward.

The good news: conditions generally are sound at Race Rock! But there's a lot of work to be done.

NB: we plan to offer a couple of public tours and work sessions later this summer.
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GREAT NEWS~ 
Independent donations to this fund (outside of Go Fund Me) have added $1,500 to this campaign, which matched by John Steffian = $3,000! We have all-but met our goal.

Thank you Joanne Cain & Chelsea Groton Bank for your $460, and thank you George Sprecace for $1,000 (anonymous added $40)!

We now have all-but met our goal!
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Slow and steady... With less than one month to go, we are making steady, if slow, progress towards meeting our fundraising goal.
After today's email blast, we received one online donation. Then we received a call that an additional $100 would be coming our way. That means - with the match - we're $240 closer today to meeting our goal!
The architects already have begun their work, having received copies of all our research, including from the US National Archives (the photo is from 1875). We've got drawings, plans, photographs -- pretty good documentation.
We plan on a trip our in late June to make the survey.
Thanks, everybody! --Susan
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The price for the architect's assessment for Race Rock Lighthouse (+ related costs) totals $11,000.  
 
A generous benefactor came forward to jump start this campaign by donating 50% of the cost - $5,500 - for an architectural assessment and plan to restore Race Rock Light!

Now a 2nd benefactor, John Steffian, has offered to match all future donations dollar-for-dollar! 

Please help us raise the remaining $2,750.  In combination with John's match, that will get us to our goal!

Support the preservation effort for Race Rock Light today!  

Time is growing short. We want to have the plan ready so we can get to work next summer.  
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$1,130 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 17 people in 8 months
Funds raised will benefit:
New London Maritime Society Inc
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New London, CT
EIN: 061086688
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