Coast Guard Museum panel tackles future plans

The association’s Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel held its summer conference this weekend on the grounds of the United States Coast Guard Academy.
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Members of the Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel cast off and view the New London waterfront on the Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi.

Members of the Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel cast off and view the New London waterfront on the Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi.

The National Coast Guard Museum Association, in conjunction with the Foundation for Coast Guard History, took a major step toward developing the themes, stories and exhibits to be included in the National Coast Guard Museum, which will be built on the downtown waterfront in New London, Conn.

The association’s Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel held its summer conference this weekend on the grounds of the United States Coast Guard Academy to begin answering the question: “What makes a great museum?’

“This is the critical first step toward deciding what the museum will look like when its doors open,” National Coast Guard Museum Association president Richard Grahn said in a statement. “It’s tremendously exciting to be in the room with so many Coast Guard historians, and museum experts, who will recommend to the NCGMA how best to tell the Coast Guard’s story in this one-of-a-kind National Museum.”

The panel was organized to assist the association and its design consultants in creating a museum to honor the men and women of the U. S. Coast Guard, past, present and future.

Identifying the themes, stories, and artifacts that are best suited to tell and preserve the story of the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor services is critical to the development of exhibits in the National Coast Guard Museum.

“These exhibits need to tell the compelling stories from the Coast Guard’s past, convey the missions performed by the Coast Guard and inspire visitors to appreciate the national service and values of Coast Guard men and women,” said Capt. Jon Nickerson, retired U.S. Coast Guard and coordinator of the Museum Exhibition Advisory Panel. “We will engage the public with a stunning variety of artifacts, interactive experiences and educational programs, all in tribute to the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard, past, present and future.”

The Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel, representing more than 100,000 members across 30 organizations, is comprised of representatives of nonprofit organizations and Coast Guard service members who aspire to preserve and promote the culture and traditions of the Coast Guard.

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