Meet members of the National Coast Guard museum team responsible for designing the exhibits. Talk to the Director of Exhibits and Programs and Head of Public Affairs.
Historic Highlight, Featured Figure, Artifact, and exhibits that correlate to this event.
Lifesavers Around the GlobePart of the CommunityAs heroes who risked their own safety to aid those in need, members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service (in operation from 1848-1915) were celebrated fixtures of their local towns and villages. The service selected crews based on their experience and skills as wreckers and surfmen. Family ties and friendships connected people to the service, though systems of checks and balances existed to prevent abuse.
Lois BoutonCoast Guard LadyDuring WWII, Lois Bouton enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, known as the “SPARs,” Her love for the Coast Guard continued through the rest of her life. She wrote thousands of letters to members of the Coast Guard community for which she became known as “The Coast Guard Lady.”
Ceremonial Honor GuardTraveling America's CommunitiesServes as the Coast Guard’s center of excellence for military protocol and ceremonial execution. Represents the Commandant, the Military District of Washington and the United States Coast Guard through ceremonial operations held before world leaders and dignitaries. Ceremonies include parades, funerals, White House dignitary arrivals, as well as presenting colors at local and official functions.