The National Coast Guard Museum Association said Dime Bank became the first corporate sponsor of the planned national museum, donating $15,000 to support its construction.
The National Coast Guard Museum will be built in New London, Conn. Dime is a Connecticut-chartered mutual bank based in Norwich.
“As the first corporate donor to our museum, Dime Bank is providing invaluable support and leadership, inspiring others to give and get involved in making the dream of a national museum for our heroic coast guard men and women a reality,” National Coast Guard Museum Association treasurer John S. Johnson said.
“We continue to make strides in our efforts to construct Connecticut’s newest national landmark, and Dime Bank is instrumental in our efforts to celebrate the important role the U.S. Coast Guard has played throughout our country’s history.”
The association is engaged in a nationwide fundraising campaign. The public is invited to participate by donating to the Barque Eagle Society. Donors who make a minimum contribution of $1,000, $5,000 or a three-year commitment of $15,000 will become members of the society.
Plans for the museum include a four-story, 54,000-square-foot building with four floors of interactive exhibits, event space and lecture rooms, as well as a reception area with gift shop and café.
Plans also anticipate docking the Coast Guard's tall ship Barque Eagle at an adjacent pier, serving as an additional attraction. A pedestrian overpass across railroad tracks will connect the museum with the local ferry terminal and train station, helping to usher visitors worldwide as they come to experience the first national museum dedicated to the history of the Coast Guard.