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.


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.


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.


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!