On May 24, 2004, the long-awaited Partnership Agreement between the Nauset Light Preservation Society and the National Park Service was signed. NLPS president Richard Ryder and Cape Cod National Seashore superintendent Maria Burks affixed their signatures to the agreement. It will be in effect for five years, after which time, the agreement will be subject to renewal. Past presidents Hawkins Conrad and Pam Nobili were among those attending the signing.
Under the agreement, NLPS operates Nauset Light as a private aid to navigation, and is responsible for all utilities, repair and maintenance associated with the tower and the oil house. The terms of the agreement prohibit the society from operating a gift shop on National Seashore property, so our sources of income are limited to memberships in NLPS, memorial gifts and donations. The lighthouse tours are still free, but we do accept contributions from our visitors. We thank you for your continued generous support.