Former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Thomas J. Ridge, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the National Coast Guard Museum Association. The Hamilton Award is named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, who established the Revenue Cutter Service—a predecessor of the U.S. Coast Guard—in 1790. The award, given since 2015, recognizes an individual who has contributed outstanding service in support of the future National Coast Guard Museum. Read more.
FIRM DESIGNING NATIONAL COAST GUARD MUSEUM WINS 2019 AIA ARCHITECTURE FIRM AWARD
The National Coast Guard Museum Association congratulates Payette on being chosen for the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Firm Award, the pre-eminent honor bestowed to a firm by the AIA each year. The Boston company “is known in the industry for its technical expertise and research, as well as its predilection for pragmatic, high-performance architecture that prioritizes design” according to the award announcement.
LEADERSHIP TRANSITION AND FUNDRAISING MOMENTUM
At its Annual Meeting last week in Alexandria, VA, the Board of Directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association voted unanimously to elect Board Member Susan J. Curtin as its new Chair and CAPT Wes Pulver, USCG (Ret.) as its new President. The leadership change comes as the National Coast Guard Museum Association marks its most successful private fundraising year to date. Read more.
The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. gratefully announces a generous pledge of $100,000 from the Chelsea Groton Foundation. This commitment is equivalent to the largest gifts in the history of the Foundation. Read more.
United States Coast Guard Releases Proposed Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Public Comment
The United States Coast Guard is seeking public comment on its supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) related to the planned construction of the National Coast Guard Museum by the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc., on land deeded to the Coast Guard by the City of New London. Read more.
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation, including Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and Congressman Courtney along with Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael P. Jackson, continue to support the establishment of the Museum. The Annual Secretaries’ Circle Breakfast on Capitol Hill on May 16 held added excitement owing to the current momentum around the project. Watch Senator Blumenthal's remarks here.
In anticipation of the $10 million annual economic impact and estimated 300,000 visitors each year, the forthcoming National Coast Guard Museum continues to be endorsed at both the federal and state levels. Today, the Connecticut State Bond Commission approved $19.5 million of the $20 million the state had pledged to the Museum initiative, to be drawn down as required to coordinate the concurrent construction of the Museum and pedestrian walkway. The State previously released $500,000 to support the preliminary design phase. Read more.
Harkcon CEO Kevin Harkins JOINS NCGMA Board of Directors
The National Coast Guard Museum Association is pleased to announce that Harkcon, Inc., co-founder and CEO Kevin Harkins, Ph.D., USCG (Ret.), has joined its Board of Directors.
"I am thrilled and honored to be able to play a role in ensuring the stand-up of the Museum as a Board member," Harkins said. "The Coast Guard is a uniquely American national gem, quietly and fervently serving for almost 230 years. Its positive impact in terms of lives and property saved, and the protection of our shores, cannot be overstated. The men and women of the Coast Guard deserve this recognition, and the Museum is long overdue." Read more.
In honor of his unwavering commitment and support of the forthcoming National Coast Guard Museum, Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger, renowned philanthropist and retired president and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, will receive the 2017 Alexander Hamilton Award during the 2018 National Maritime Awards Dinner, April 25, in Washington, D.C. Joining Mr. Bollinger in being honored at the event will be J.W. Marriott Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the Board of Marriott International, Inc., and William C. Baker, president and CEO of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Read more.