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Mission Statement

At their July 10, 2020 meeting, the Overfalls Foundation Board of Directors approved a modification of the mission statement, which now states:

The mission of the Overfalls Foundation is to preserve, teach and honor the United States lightship service and the maritime history of our community through the preservation and display of the Lightship Overfalls (LV-118) and its collection of associated maritime artifacts.


  • To provide a world-class museum experience that honors, preserves and promotes the valuable contributions of the United States lightship service to this nation’s history.
  • To obtain national recognition as a leader in promoting the cultural significance of maritime history in our community.
  • To be good stewards of the generous contributions of our donors, sponsors and volunteers by leveraging those contributions to provide interactive educational experiences that have a lasting and positive impact.


  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Preservation
  • Stewardship
  • Sustainability
  • Teamwork