Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Friends of Fort Knox

  • Bucksport, ME
  • http://FortKnox.maineguide.com

Mission Statement

The Friends of Fort Knox mission is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.

Service Areas

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International

The Fort Knox Historic site, located in Prospect, Maine, attracts world-wide visitors. Obviously, the majority of visitors are from Maine, but a significant percentage of visitors come frrom throughout the US and world.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer

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Mr. Leon Seymour

Keywords

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History, education, civil war, maine, penobscot, military, ordnance, fort, acadia

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Also Known As

FOFK

EIN

01-0478281

 Number

3552298780

Physical Address

16 Torpedo Shed Road

Prospect, ME 04981

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Friends of Fort Knox were organized in 1991, in order to save the Fort from impending closure. Fort Knox, located in Prospect, Maine, was constructed mainly in the 1850's, to thwart a third British invasion up the Penobscot River

Programs

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Program 1

The Friends of Fort Knox are engaged in a financial development campaign for an extensive masonry repair project throughout the 19th Century seacoast fortification. Fort Knox, located on the banks of the Penobscot River, is a State Historic Site, as well as a National Historic Landmark. Fort Knox is one of the best examples of third-system coastal defense structures in the United States today, but there are literally miles of masonry repointing that must be undertaken in order to preserve this historic jewel. Several areas of the Fort have been closed to the public due to bricks falling from vaulted ceilings. The masonry-repointing project will be broken into three priority phases, the first of which will be to attend to high public use areas where masonry deterioration poses a public safety risk. In addition to our preservation mission, the Friends of Fort Knox provide educational tours for over thousands of Maine students each year. Over 100,000 people visited Fort Knox and the new Penobscot Narrows Observatory in 2007. Past Friends of Fort Knox accomplishments include: restoration of Fort roof, transformation of the Fort torpedo shed into a Visitor and Education Center, installation of interpretive panels and multi-media system, restoration of the Fort Officers' Quarters, repair of powder magazine roof, restoration of four 24-pound flank howitzer cannons and ongoing educational/cultural programming.

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Service Areas

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International

The Fort Knox Historic site, located in Prospect, Maine, attracts world-wide visitors. Obviously, the majority of visitors are from Maine, but a significant percentage of visitors come frrom throughout the US and world.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Friends of Fort Knox

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Principal Officer

Mr. Leon Seymour

BIO

The Friends of Fort Knox Executive Director, is Leon Seymour, who assumed this position in August, 1999. Previously he had served as Vice President of Program and Area Support, for Special Olympics Massachusetts, for the past twelve years. Seymour's expertise is centered upon organizational capacity building, program development and planning.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Friends of Fort Knox remain the most active state park Friends group in the State of Maine. Throughout the past decade tremendous progress has been made restoring and preserving Fort Knox. Large sections of the Fort, which had been closed to the public due to safety concerns, have been reopened due to the organization's efforts.

 

The Friends of Fort Knox thank the many individuals, businesses and foundations who have provided financial assistance to help preserve this National Historic Landmark."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chris Popper

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