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The Coast Guard Heritage Artifact CollectionUS Life Saving Service clock

The U. S. Coast Guard’s rich heritage dates back to 1790, with the establishment of the Revenue Marine. As one of the first branches of the U.S. armed services, the Coast Guard has preserved a small but representative historical collection that includes artifacts from the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Light House Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, and later, the development of military aviation. 

The Coast Guard's historical collection is stored at the Exhibit Center in Forestville, Maryland.  The collection contains more than 20,000 artifacts, models and works of art.  The Curatorial Services program has placed more than 1,700 Coast Guard artifacts on loan to 275 non-profit organizations throughout the United States.  The Coast Guard Museum and the Curatorial Services program maintain climate-controlled storage facilities for artifacts, models and artwork awaiting display.

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Contact Us:

Curatorial Service Office
U.S. Coast Guard Exhibit Center
7945 Fernham Lane
Forestville, MD  20747

Telephone: (301) 763-4008
Fax: (301) 763-4009

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Last Modified 12/21/2016