James J. Coleman, Jr. at the 2014 Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Foundation.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: James “Jimmy” Coleman

James “Jimmy” Coleman, Jr. never served in uniform but he was a well-respected member of the U.S. Coast Guard family. Coleman was a philanthropist who very much believed in the Coast Guard mission and its history. One could say the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, would not be what it is today without him. Coleman died at 77 on March 21, 2019 in his hometown of New Orleans.

Uranium glass was popular from the 1920s to the early 1950s. It contained between 2 percent and 25 percent of the oxide diuranate form of uranium which was added to glass before it was melted and formed into glassware. It has a distinctive fluorescent yellow color in regular light, but will glow under blacklight. Despite registering on a Geiger Counter, uranium glass was often used as tableware or other household items. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

When Navy Explosive Ordnance Division knows your name…

A curator’s job is not for the faint of heart as Jen Gaudio, Coast Guard Museum curator, can attest to. In her colorful blog, read more about how working at the Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, has her on a first-name basis with the Navy Explosive Ordnance Division, and how “dangerous” live in the museum can really be.

“You be the curator” top five results!

A while back, the Coast Guard Museum asked the fleet for help identifying important artifacts that should be documented as a Heritage Asset. They received six suggestions and liked them so much they decided to make all of them a part of the Heritage Asset Collections. Click on the blog to learn which items are now a part of the Heritage Asset Collection.

Coast Guard Museum: Material culture and collections conundrum

Coast Guard Museum curator Jennifer Gaudio explains the importance of material culture and illustrates how the study of material culture can come in handy with an example. Retired Chief Warrant Officer Scott Epperson applies material culture with examination and research of a donated Coast Guard ensign to figure out its story.

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Adm. Papp participates in unveiling of proposed National Coast Guard Museum

Last week, Admiral Papp attended an announcement by the City of New London, Conn., and the National Coast Guard Museum Association to formally unveil the design and location for the proposed National Coast Guard Museum.