Be the curator: Coast Guard opens contest for artifacts

Calling all Coast Guard members! The Coast Guard history staff needs your help. Our challenge to you is to identify artifacts that best represent the Coast Guard in the 21st Century and why.


Do you want to archive your items now? The answer is always “Yes” for this Archivist

Since 1790, there has been a lot of important Coast Guard documents drafted, photographs taken, and logs created. This is why we have an Archivist! The Archives contains historical files on small boats, cutters, aviation, lighthouses, lighthouse tenders, stations, disasters, and other general subjects. Some of these topics include the early days of icebreaking, prohibition operations, Coast Guard Cutter Itasca’s role in the search for Amelia Earhart in 1937, and the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. It is all part of history that needs to be preserved!! Read the full post to learn about the fascinating items that can be found in our Archives.


MSST: Sighting down threats by Coast Guard artist Ken Smith

The Coast Guard has a curator?

Did you know that the Coast Guard has a curator? Did you know that the Coast Guard Heritage Asset Collection contains close to 7,000 artifacts? Yes, the collection contains artifacts that span the two hundred and twenty-plus-year history of the United States’ premier maritime service, to include almost anything and everything during the organization’s and its predecessors’ history. So stay tuned to this series to learn all about a Coast Guard curator’s job!


Coast Guard History 2016: How the Coast Guard became a military service

As the Coast Guard celebrates 226 years of proudly serving America on Aug. 4, we will highlight our long history of ensuring national security throughout the entire month of August. This blog is part one of our history series which will be featured every Monday in August. Join the celebration on social media by using hashtags: #HappyBdayUSCG, #CheersUSCG and #CGhistory.


225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Ice operations

By the 1920s, the Coast Guard had become fully committed to ice breaking operations with the original intent of the Revenue Cutter Service – to utilize ice breaking primarily in Alaska and in support of other traditional missions.


225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Coast Guard lineage

When many think about the Coast Guard, they think of the modern, sea-going service that remains ‘Always Ready’ to answer calls for help. But where did our Nation’s Coast Guard come from? The Coast Guard traces its history directly from the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, or RCS, created on Aug. 4, 1790 to protect the nation’s revenue laws at sea and to discourage smuggling, which had become a national pastime.


History’s dedication to Coast Guard Aviation

History’s dedication to Coast Guard Aviation

“It’s always essential to know your roots. It’s vitally important to come back and look at our history because it can teach us things about the future, like what kind of threats may come up or technological changes we may have to adapt to. The Coast Guard has a legacy of saving lives and aviation is one of those technological changes that have helped to rescue millions upon millions of lives.”