The Shore Village Museum was founded by retired
Coast Guard officer Ken Black, who received numerous awards in
recognition of his outstanding work to preserve our nation's
The Maine Historic Preservation Commission
said, "Lighthouses are a major symbol of Maine's maritime
history. No one has contributed more to providing a means for
their appreciation and study than Ken Black."
In May 1996, the American Lighthouse Foundation
of Wells, Maine, awarded Ken Black a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1999 the U.S. Lighthouse Society of San
Francisco presented their annual President's Award to Ken Black,
saying "Black has saved countless lighthouse service artifacts
and raised the public's consciousness of lighthouses, lightships
and aids to navigation in general."
Ken Black also received a Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Coast Guard.